Do you love to travel? Do you wish you could afford to get out there and see more of the world? If you’re looking for ways to enjoy overseas adventures on a budget, you’ve come to the right place. You don’t have to spend a fortune to take a vacation or indulge your inner globetrotter. Here are some savvy ways to save.
Finding the best fares
If you have a destination in mind, the first thing to do is look at flights online. The introduction of budget airlines and comparison sites means that you can find everything from cheap flights to Tokyo to bargain fares to New York at the touch of a button. Choose your departure airport, put in the desired destination and hit return. In an instant, you’ll be greeted with a list of prices and airlines. If you like the look of an offer, click on the link, make your payment and start counting down the days. It’s also a great idea to subscribe to the mailing lists of airlines and tour operators so that you get discounts and sales sent to your inbox. Look out for flash sales and if you can, try and be flexible. If you can travel off-season or you’re able to fly on a Tuesday rather than a Friday, this will save you money.
Saving money on accommodation
The range of accommodation options available to travelers today is staggering. You can pay a few pounds a night to pitch a tent in the Lake District in the UK or the equivalent of a few dollars to sleep in a hostel on one of Thailand’s tropical islands. The cost of accommodation will vary hugely according to where you travel, but there are almost always budget options. If you don’t want to rough it and you’re looking for a hotel, use search engines to find the best prices and read reviews. You could also consider options like sharing an apartment or hiring out a house if you’re taking a vacation with friends or family, or even doing a home swap.
Getting around on a shoestring
If you’re keen to explore, but you don’t want to spend a fortune on getting from A to B, there are some cheap ways of seeing the sights. Use the tube in London or the tram in Lisbon, get lost on foot in Venice and make use of buses and coaches in Australia. It’s also worth investigating the option of hiring a car. Often, driving yourself will save you money on excursions and travel fares. Search online for prices before you travel.
Are you a willing victim of wanderlust? Do you long to travel more? Money is a barrier for many of us, but there are affordable ways to see the world. Use the Internet to check flight prices, access flash sales and compare accommodation options and do some research to get tips to get from A to B and see the major tourist sights without breaking the bank.