When it comes to jetting off abroad on vacation, often there’s a common misconception in place – that travel has to be expensive. However, that’s far from true. Sure, travel can cost an arm and a leg, but that’s not to say it has to, you can go on vacation on the cheap. So if money is tight, don’t worry because a lack of funds doesn’t have to ruin your vacation. It’s just a case of understanding what it takes to cut costs, that’s all.
Far too many people let their finances dictate how often they can travel, but this shouldn’t be the case. Just because vacations can be expensive, that doesn’t mean that they have to be. Don’t miss out of traveling because of the state of your finances because in the future you may come to regret it. Having annual vacations is especially important if you have little ones, as traveling as a family gives you the opportunity to spend some real quality time together and make memories that will last a lifetime. With that in mind, it would be a shame to let a lack of money hold you back, wouldn’t it?
A lack of funds doesn’t have to ruin your vacation as there are plenty of simple ways that you can keep the cost of your next trip down.
Be selective about where you visit
When it comes to choosing somewhere to visit, the key to keeping travel costs low is picking somewhere that isn’t a travel hotspot. The fact is that places that are popular to visit, such as areas near theme parks like Disney World, for instance, tend to cost a lot more to travel to and stay at than places that are less popular. So it’s often worth opting to visit somewhere a little less well known, as this will help to reduce the cost of your trip. Or, if you are desperate to visit an area that’s popular with travelers, look at staying outside of it, as this should help to reduce the price that you will pay.
In terms of your accommodation, it’s always more pricey in travel hotspots than in less popular locations. The cost of the accommodation also reflects the type of accommodation that you have picked. The most popular types of accommodation tend to be hotels and guesthouses, which is why they are often more expensive to stay in than other accommodation types. So it could be worth looking at the other accommodation types on offer if you want to cut costs. Often, self-catered accommodation can work out cheaper overall than other accommodation types as although it may cost more for the accommodation; it gives you a kitchen, so you are able to prepare and cook your own meals, saving money on eating out.
You don’t have to eat out
Talking of eating out, while a lot of people presume that travel is all about eating out and trying out new types of cuisine. However, that’s not necessarily the case, as although it’s always nice to eat out and try new types of cuisine, you can also cook your own meals while you are on vacation, helping to reduce the cost of your trip even further.
Even if you do opt to cook your own meals, you can still enjoy local-inspired cuisine by cooking dishes that the area is famous for. If you’re in Spain, make tapas. If you’re in Italy, you can make pasta or homemade rustic-style pizzas. If you are visiting France, you can serve different breads, cheeses, and cold meats for tea. Just because your budget won’t stretch as far as eating out, that doesn’t mean that you can get an authentic taste of the country’s cuisine.
If you have already booked a hotel or can’t stay somewhere that’s self-catered, one of the best ways to cut costs is to opt to get an all-inclusive deal that means that all of your food and drink is included in the price of your stay, from breakfast to late night snacks. By opting to go all inclusive, you can ensure that the cost of your trip is kept as low as possible in terms of accommodation, food, and drink. Plus, most hotels serve authentic cuisine, so you would still get a taste of the country’s finest foods.
Book as much in advance as possible
When it comes to traveling, one of the best ways to cut costs is to book as much in advance as possible. From attractions to transfers, costs are always lower when booked online in advance. So before you travel, it’s important to spend some time online, booking anything that you want to do or need in advance. For example, say you want to visit a waterpark while you’re away, you will find that if you book your tickets online in advance that you can save up to 10% off of the price. 10% may not seem like a huge saving, but the fact is that every small saving adds up, doesn’t it?
If you’re unsure of what to book in advance, the best thing to do is read travel blogs about the area that you are visiting, as that way you can find out what all the best things are to see and do while you are there. As well as reading travel blogs, you may also find that travel forums can be useful when it comes to deciding what you want to do and see while you are on vacation, so don’t make the mistake of failing to utilize them.
Think carefully about how you will get around
Are you planning on hiring a rental car? A lot of people choose to hire a rental car when on vacation so that it’s easier for them to get around and see the sights. However, often the cost can be incredibly high, especially if you are traveling during peak season, which isn’t ideal if you are on a budget.
One way to cut costs is to use promo codes from online sites to make savings – there are various codes available online that can be used to cut hire car costs. Another option could be to travel via ferry and take your car on vacation with you so that you don’t have to worry about the cost of renting a car.
To keep costs even lower, another option could be to consider using public transport to get around instead of renting a car of taking taxis. Obviously, if you are going to rely on public transport, it’s a good idea to consider whether or not the area that you are planning to visit has good transport links and is easy to use to get around. The best way to find out about the public transport on offer is to spend some time online, reading up about the transport system that is in place and how it works, as well as what the best way to get around is, such as via tram, train, or bus, for instance.
Find ways to cut plane costs
Planning on flying? If you are planning on traveling via plane, one way that you can cut costs is to travel light. Believe it or not, one of the best ways to reduce the cost of flying is by reducing the amount of luggage that you bring with you. Most airlines offer a free amount, such as 10 kg and then ask you to pay for any extra luggage. So if you are able to use just the free 10 kg – or whatever the amount is – you can significantly reduce the cost of traveling via plane. When it comes to plane travel, the lighter you can travel, the better.
Another pricey part of plane travel is the food. Most airlines charge you for a meal as part of the cost of your ticket without you even knowing it. However, you can opt not to be served food and instead can bring you own food, depending on what the airline’s policy is, of course. Even if you have to buy food at the airport once you are passed security, that’s better than paying for pricey plane food.
To make plane travel even cheaper, be selective about when you fly. There are certain times of day when flights tend to be cheaper, such as during unsociable hours – aka at night time. So if you are willing to travel in the middle of the night, then you should be able to reduce the cost of traveling via plane even further.
A lot of people let money hold them back when it comes to vacations, but they shouldn’t do. Because although traveling can be pricey, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be. How much a trip will cost depends on a range of different factors, from when you go to where you stay and how you travel. Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive, believe it or not; it is possible to see the world on the cheap, even if you are traveling as a family.