Travel The World On A Budget
Posted On May 11, 2016
Ask anyone what’s the one thing they want to do, and they’ll most likely tell you “travel more.”
We all have dreams of laying on the beaches in Miami, taking photos in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and enjoying the delicious cuisine of the islands. However, there seems to be one common setback we all face: money.
There’s a popular notion that if you don’t have thousands of dollars laying around in your bank account, you shouldn’t even think about traveling. Fortunately, that’s just not the case.
There are tons of secrets within the travel industry that allow you to travel to all your favorite destinations for less. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rules so while these tips have been proven to work, they’re not always guaranteed.
1) Plan Ahead
Procrastinating may have gotten you through college, but you’ll never have the same luck when traveling. It’s best to book your flight months in advance and thoroughly research the best deals. I’ve found Skyscanner and Google Flights to be extremely useful in comparing ticket prices to get the least expensive fare.
2) Know when to book your flight
The best day to book your flights is on Tuesday mornings. It’s an uncommon day to travel, and many airlines have their best deals on Tuesdays.
3) Know when to travel
Summer in Jamaica and Christmas in New York has always been my yearly travel agenda, but it definitely doesn’t come cheap. You’ll want to take your trips during off-peak times when most people aren’t traveling in order to get massive discounts. Depending on where you’re going, the rates may vary. However avoiding major holidays and spring break will always work in your favor.
4) Pack Light
Overpacking has been my biggest dilemma when traveling. I’m the girl who has to sit on the suitcase to get it to close. While it’s nice to have three different options for every day on your trip, many airlines are changing their luggage policies and now require that you pay for checked luggage. I would suggest sticking to airlines that still allow the first bag for free or sticking to just a carry-on. Additionally, think of a neutral color such as nude or black that will act as a base for your entire wardrobe. This way, you can simply add a few accessories like a scarf or statement necklace to go with your outfits rather than packing too many bulky outfits.
5) Ditch the Hotel
Gone are the days when expensive, five-star hotels were the only lodging option you had. With Airbnb, you are now able to rent apartments, homes, and cabins for any price range within your budget. They have over one million listings in almost 200 countries. You’re guaranteed to find something that gives you the same comfy and luxe feel without the hefty price tag.
6) Find free activities
You’d be surprised how many free activities you can enjoy on your next vacation. Not all site seeing stops come with a price tag and it will do you good to research fun free things to do in the city you’ll be in.
So pack your bags because it’s time for your next vacation!