If there’s one thing everyone wants to do more of, it’s traveling. Humans are wired to want to see new places and explore new parts of the world. There are new sights to see, food to eat and people to meet. It’s a big world out there and finding out new things is very exciting. But if you’re not careful, it can also be very expensive.
International flights can sometimes be thousands of pounds. You also have to account for transportation to and from the airport, baggage fees and money spent on airport food. Once you get to your destination, you need to find a place to stay, find places to eat and buy souvenirs. It can all add up very quickly. But if you keep these five travel tips in mind, you will find that you will be able to spend a travel for less:
Save Money Ahead of Time
Most people like taking at least one big vacation every year. If you know you will take one and you know about when in the year it will be, start saving up for it. Even saving something small like £50 per month can make a difference. £50 a month saved for one year will give you £600 to use for your vacation. The best way is to estimate how much you think the vacation will cost and divide that by how many months away it is. You should try to save this amount of money each month.
Buy Plane Tickets Early
The details can vary once you get close to your departure date, but in general you will get a better deal on flights if you book a few months in advance. The tickets will be most expensive a week or few days before you need to leave, so be sure not to wait. Also, if you book ahead of time you will still be able to search for better deals elsewhere. You can use the search engine to find out what time of year your flight will be the cheapest.
Buy Groceries Locally
Eating out is usually one of the biggest expenses when traveling. If you are able to store some food and have an area to cook, you can save a lot of money. Just prepare some simple meals most of the time and decide to eat out one meal a day so you can get the full experience of where you’re staying. Eating out three times a day can be very expensive.
Consider an Airline Credit Card
Credit cards from airlines such as British, United, American and Virgin can be great. The United Airlines card, for example, allows you a free checked bag and access to any of their airport lounges around the world. It also lets you board the plane early and charges no foreign transaction fees. All these perks can make your trip more relaxing and give you fewer things to worry about.
Remember to Relax
When most people visit a new place they get very pre-occupied with taking lots of pictures and buying lots of souvenirs. Buying one or two souvenirs is fine, but the reason for traveling is to experience a new culture and make lasting memories. Take a few good pictures and maybe a souvenir or two, but in the meantime try to relax and fully enjoy where you are.
Traveling is not something everyone can experience. If you are lucky enough to do it sometimes, take time to enjoy it and use these 5 things to help travel for less.