Planning to take that much needed break but are afraid of breaking down for hard savings? Well, looking for ways of getting away from your daily grind does not necessarily mean that you have to burn a deep hole in your wallet. With a little bit of awareness and the right inputs, you will find yourself trudging along in the company of likeminded tourists, sharing a cab to exotic locales somewhere and smacking your lips on some of the most delicious and oven-fresh cuisines that you may have ever dug into.
Budget travel is all about taking a trip with frugal smartness. It I about saying a big “NO” to extras and looking for ways of cutting down essentials to the bare minimum-think campers. These adventure mongers have the best thrills on their vacation and get to see the best places on Earth-without bothering about hikes in hotel tariffs, the issues connected with touristy peak seasons and more. They travel with their backpacks and tents and pitch in wherever they feel tired or sleepy…… hey, but this does not mean that you have to travel the same way! This example merely states that it is possible to slash down your trip expenses to the bare minimum- and travel light -in baggage and mind alike. These small tips will show you how!(image by brandonb_d)
At the very onset, get a clear notion about the type of vacation that you are looking forward to, the people who are ready to accompany you on your holiday and yes, and the budget on hand. With a clear insight on these factors, you will be in a better position to decide upon your mode of travel, the place that are affordable and where you may stay. Before going ahead with your plans, chat up your tour package operator, friends and relatives and get more information on the destination that you intend to visit. Remember to travel in the off-season… you get to see the same places, experience the joys of doing the same things -albeit at much lower prices!
It’s a good idea to travel double occupancy as sharing your accommodation facility with someone else helps you divide the cost, gives you company during rainy days and yes, makes your overall trip much cheaper. If you need to book a flight ticket , then you should also do this way in advance-peak season tickets are devoid of good deals and often cost a fortune. So, be flexible in your dates as well as your choice of destination. Try to travel to off-beat locations that are usually off the radar of travel portals and people looking towards making a quick buck off your vacation, and yes, remember to book your tickets for flights that take off in the middle of the week or at odd hours of the day -they are definitely cheaper.
Apart from paying heed to the recommendations stated above, make sure that you approach your credit card company and see whether you already have a pre-fed car or travel insurance on yours. Booking an all-inclusive trip or a smarter package deal, packing in brown bag healthy meals, surfing the internet for hot deals and discount coupons on hotel/ flight accommodation and getting an idea about the best places to exchange your money are some other ways of making your trip cost lesser than you may have imagined.(image by Lisa Gomes)
All the best!
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