The costs of travel can add up really quickly and, before you even realise it, you can overspend.
Because of the costs involved with travelling, it can be seen as a bit of a luxury. But there are ways you can save money, making sure you travel within your means and, hopefully, more often.
When it comes down to it, it’s really all in the details, and while each tip might only save you a few dollars here and there, they all add up in the end.
Use public transport
Take the train and bus where you can and see if the public transport system have pre-paid metro cards as they usually save you money on each fare. Catching a shuttle bus or train from the airport to the city centre can save you a lot, especially in cities like Tokyo. If you do catch a cab, consider splitting the cost with someone else in the queue (provided it’s safe).
Switch between budget and luxury
If you want to stay in luxury but are travelling on a budget, try switching between hotels. Book budget hotels for the start of your trip then splash out on luxury toward the end. You’ll finish your trip on a high note and get to experience the best of both worlds without breaking the bank.
Set a daily budget
Before you leave home work out how much you can afford to spend including shopping, activities, transport, food and all your expenses. Use this to find your daily budget and stick to it. If you go over it one day, you’ll need to cut back the following day. If you are under budget, you have more to spend on another day.
‘One a day’ rule
Try sticking to only eating at a restaurant one meal per day. Grab breakfast from a bakery and lunch from a deli or supermarket, then treat yourself to a really great dinner at a restaurant. It’ll save you money on restaurant costs and push you to find beautiful outdoor spots to eat.
Stay in a holiday rental
Try to find accommodation that comes with a laundrette and kitchenette. You can buy essential groceries, snacks and drinks to eat at home sometimes and keep up with your laundry without needing to use a laundromat.
Steer clear of main streets
Major tourist spots are notorious for charging crazy prices for tourists. Instead, walk a few streets back from the main attractions and look for somewhere local to eat or drink. You’ll likely find it more affordable and have a more authentic experience. The same rule applies to hotels too.
Go mid-week or off-peak
Travelling during the off-peak season can save you a great deal as businesses are keen to get guests in during the quiet times. It also gives you a chance to explore the destination without as many tourists around. If you’re booking flights, look to travel on a Tuesday or Wednesday or take the red-eye flight to save on airfares.
Find free entertainment
Visit a local hostel and check out their notice board to see if there’s anything happening in the area, like a great local band at a nearby pub, food festival or fun event. You can also take advantage of free days at some museums, just check their website.
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