Who doesn’t love to travel? With things slowly getting back to normal, people are now set to travel after being at home for too long. But before you do plan for the location, one thing you should always look up first is the budget.
We first tend to fix the budget and then plan for the trip accordingly. However, Travel Gooru understands your spirit of traveling longer by saving up the most, and that is why we have come up with a few ways to help you stretch your budget and travel much longer!
1. Set fare alerts
While you keep searching for the best prices for your flights, there is an option of setting fare alerts. Instead of having to keep checking for price drops, you will instantly be notified whenever the price for that specific flight or for that destination’s flights drop.
2. Spend longer in Asia
Another way to stretch out your budget and travel longer is to include more Asian countries. The reason is that Asian countries are more budget-friendly than western countries. Also, it’s always better to understand which countries hold lower currency rates than that of your country.
3. Invest in a local sim
Your sim may provide you with tempting international packs for calling, messaging, or for your internet services, but investing in a local sim is much better as it’s less costly and more effective. Your sim may not be functional even when you have a cost-beneficial international package, and in times like this, a local sim can come most handy.
4. Use miles and points
As you keep traveling, you also keep growing your credit card points and airline miles. What better way to put those to use? Don’t forget that even these benefits come with expiration dates. So make sure to use them according to the dates and their availability. Saving up on flights can benefit your budget and let you travel more.
5. Keep an eye for free stuff
Many destination spots don’t always have an entry fee or charges to be paid. So look out for those places and cover as many sights as you can. In some countries, you can also get free walking tours. All you need to do is have the willpower to do so and save up on your budget.
6. Travel overnight
One of the best ways to save up on transportation is booking overnight travel. Not only do you save up on your days, but it can make your trips way less expensive. You save your days and that can help you travel for longer and cover more locations.
7. Choose public transport over tourist shuttles
Traveling by local transportation is actually more convenient than you think. But you need to know about the methods, course and the timings well in advance. If you don’t get them, ask a local or just find out the local transport station to get all the information.
8. Using Airline Companion Fares for big savings
Airlines have loyalty programs and perks that can save you a lot of money. Knowing what incentives are available and how to obtain them can save you a lot of money. For example, companion passes, which allow a passenger to fly for free with you, are offered by some airlines as a reward.
9. Cook your own meals
Another way you can save up on your budget is by cooking your own meals. Most of the time, you can enjoy the local fresh food and use the local ingredients for cooking your own food.
10. Avoid staying in touristy places
Accommodations around locations that are top tourist places are usually much higher. It may seem convenient at times but it sure is not worth the extra bucks. Save up on your budget by avoiding such places. Try looking for accommodations as housesitters or try couchsurfing.
11. Holiday parks for stays
Holiday parks are more than just somewhere to pitch a tent or park your car. Holiday parks usually offer some fantastic cottages or villas. In general, these cabins are less expensive than hotel rooms, but even if they are the same price, reserving in a vacation park will stretch your budget further.
12. Accommodation discounts
Traveling at a slower pace and staying in one place for longer periods can save you money. Long-term accommodation is one of the best ways to save money. For longer stays, many booking platforms, such as Airbnb, provide substantial discounts. Of course, this is up to the property owner’s discretion, but you’ll frequently encounter listings that offer a significant discount on the booking price if you commit to a weekly or monthly stay.
So, these were a few hacks and tips that you can use to control your budget and then extend your trip. If you have any more tips that you would like to include in this list, please let us know in the comments section below. Happy Traveling!