We live in such a beautiful part of the world but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to show Lucas different places and experience various cultures.
To travel without spending a fortune is an achievement. With the skyrocketing prices of everything, it seems that a cheap travel experience can happen once in a blue moon, but not if you are aware of the ways to get cheap travel offers and deals.
So, to make your dream of travelling without going broke possible, consider the following ideas for cheap travel. These tips can serve as helpful guidelines for planning your trip and financing your travel on a budget.
Find airlines that let you subscribe to their promo alerts, so you will have the opportunity to learn more about low fares. As a result, you will spend less flying and enjoy cheap travel. There are also flight offer sites such as Scott’s Flights (this seems better for the US airports), I have added 2 local airports to me in the UK and 2 in France and neither are supported. There is also Expedia which seems better worldwide and if you have a specific destination in mind but not a time scale, you can track destinations on Google flights.
Travel on a budget is not always possible with children in school but if possible looks at various times and days for going places. Often flights are cheaper midweek and accommodation cheaper in school terms.
Do comprehensive research and planning. The Internet can be an invaluable source of travel promotions and cheap travel packages. So, if you are always online, chances are that you can get the earliest updates about cheap bookings.
Don’t bring too much luggage and unnecessary stuff. With most airlines charging separately for luggage, try to take as little as possible. Make the most of the room you have in your carry-on luggage.
Be aware of your expenses
Look around for the best credit cards for air miles. Using these to pay for items can result in plenty of miles to claim, just make sure you pay the balance off in full each month. Even supermarket loyalty cards convert points into hotel or travel vouchers. Join loyalty programmes with hotels as well such as Marriot Rewards and Hotels. com where you earn free nights when booking nights.
Use your house
Whilst you are away, put your home on Airbnb, your home could earn you enough to pay for your trip away. You could also join one of the home exchange sites.
Using Trusted House Sitters, you can apply for house and pet sitting worldwide, getting your accommodation for free. Use the code RAF282680 to get a 25% discount. The cost of the annual membership is similar to a one-night stay in a hotel so well worth the money and you can apply for as many house sits as you like through the year. Also look at Facebook groups for house sitting and pet sitting in specific areas or countries, like this house sitting in France group.
Check the cheapest way to get around your destination
Once you have arrived at your destination, use public transport rather than private taxis. If you are hiring a car, don’t just get the one from the airport where prices are significantly hiked up. Research other ways to hire a car, for example cheapest way to hire a car in France is from one of the supermarkets. For another trip I am planning, I have hired a car from a car dealership further away from the airport, the car is a lot cheaper than the airport and there is a free shuttle bus to it, allowing me to still travel on a budget.
Travel to cheaper destinations
This is going to vary depending on where you live but don’t go to all the places that are popular and prices are high. Go where the cheap flights or car journeys take you and enjoy investigating new places that aren’t full of tourists. You’ll be surprised where you can get on a budget, it’s possible to find cheap tropical islands and adventurous getaways without spending a fortune.
Convert your currency wisely
We use TransferWise to convert our currency. It is a borderless bank account that you get a debit card with. They use the real-time exchange rate as you’ll find on an independent source like Google, XE, and Yahoo Finance. (Their fees are as low as 0.35%.) You can hold and manage money in more than 50 currencies. This lets you avoid exchange rate movements and prep for future transfers.
I also use Revolut. They don’t believe in financial borders, so they let you spend abroad in over 150 currencies with the interbank exchange rate, with a small 0.5% fee for anything above £6,000 each month. A flat markup on weekends and on certain currencies may apply. Although ATM withdrawals cost them money, they give you £200 a month in international ATM withdrawals for free. Anything over £200 attracts a small 2% fee to help cover their costs. They can also help with insurance, from your health to your phone, they’ll make sure you and the things you love are protected worldwide from as little as £1.00 per day. Insurance provided by Revolut Travel Ltd. The free card and app also help you with budgeting and can round up pennies to the nearest pound to help you save.
You can literally save hundreds and thousands of pounds if you become aware of the cheap travel destinations. As a result, you will find contentment at the end of the trip because you will successfully travel on a budget, just as planned.