In the last issue, we talked about how to relax and let things happen for more stress-free travel. In this issue, we are going to talk about traveling cheap and seeing the world without the stress of overspending.
Traveling, in any language, always comes with expenses. Even foregoing visions of traveling with all of the first-class amenities, the fact is that you are going to require money for any type of travel, including; gas, airfare, food, lodging, necessities and other countless little expenses that you didn’t consider in your plan.
Some people manage to travel several times a year without spending their life savings or going in debt to do it. The simple reason that they can do this is that they know how to make their travel money last longer, and can afford to travel to more places, more often. There are many ways to see the world at a bargain price, so let’s go over some tips that will help you do the same:
Knowing where to go
Knowing where to go is different from knowing where you want to go. Places all over the world have charms that you haven’t seen on TV or in magazines. When you are concerned about your travel budget it is important to look for ways to stretch it.
For instance; many countries in Asia, parts of Africa and South America are much cheaper to go to than North America, Europe or Australia. As an example, travel money for one week in Europe can last a month in India, Nepal and many Southeast Asian countries.
Initial airfares make the biggest cuts into your travel budget. Knowing the holiday seasons around the world and being flexible with your own travel dates and times is a perfect combination to score some big savings.
Take note that half of the world’s population wants to fly in December for the Christmas holidays. In Europe, the most expensive months to fly around are in July and August which are the European summer holiday months.
Costs of airfares for the same destination can be drastically different according to the actual time you fly. Flying mid-week instead of around the weekend or at “unholy hours” like very early in the morning can reduce airfares.
Booking your flight online and well in advance is much cheaper. Round trip (back and forth) tickets are also cheaper than standard fares.
Unless you do not know the place (and traveling light), trains and buses are good buys for cheap city fares. (Sometimes, they can even be cheaper at night in some places.)
These days, youth hostels can be an affordable option around the world. (These are at places that don’t have a backpacker scene or cheap traveler’s guesthouses.)
Sometimes, discounts can be negotiated in many guest houses (sometimes called “pension houses” in other places) and hotels if you are staying longer. It is cheaper than moving to new places every few days or so.
There are other options in reducing some of the costs of travel. Keeping one’s eyes open to new possibilities (aside from those listed here) can go a long way in helping costs down and make your stay enjoyable and cheap.
Make sure you look for your next issue soon. We will be talking about some random but very useful travel tips that you may find helpful.