Four secrets to travelling cheaper: sometimes you’ve got to make compromises
A common misconception is that travelling is expensive. It can be costly, however, it doesn’t have to be. It’ll very much depend on what kind of travelling you want to do and what sort of activities you’re interested in.
If your cup of tea is staying at 5-star all-inclusive resorts and dining at Michelin star restaurants then for sure travelling and will be very expensive. However, if you’re looking to immerse yourself in local culture – eat the food the locals eat, shop places the locals’ shop etc. then travelling in such a way is bound to be a lot cheaper. However, if you sit somewhere on the spectrum between the two, this is the post for you!
Consider all means of transport
When you’re travelling, it’s very tempting to want to fly between the longer distances. However, remember that other means of transportation available could work out cheaper. Consider taking a train, a bus or sometimes going by sea is the answer. When you’re looking to choose transportation don’t merely book the first type that springs to your mind, consider where you’ll be travelling, familiarise yourself with the best local transport routes/types.
Know where you’re staying
It’s tempting to travel and ‘figure it out’, but that’s often time, how you lose money. Pre-booking your hotel/hostel/apartment is always a financially more conscious decision. You can compare hotel prices online so that you know you’re getting the best deal!
Know when is the best time to travel
It’s a tale old as time, but travelling off-season is the best way to see amazing places without breaking the bank. Travelling off-season also helps with avoiding big crowds. However, with that, there is also a risk you take because some attractions tend to schedule maintenance works during the off-season.
Book your travels during peak season
Wait, what? Yes, I know it sounds confusing but hear me out. When average family books a campervan hire for their holiday, they’ll do so in the winter for the spring/summer time. Which means booking a campervan during the summer months is a lot cheaper. However, you’ve got to be prepared that there might be fewer vehicles available.
Compromising on what you want and what’s available often arises when trying to cut travel costs. However, don’t let that discourage you if you’re going into it with an open mind, chance are you’ll still have a fantastic time travelling. Remember it’s about what you see, do and experience and not about the mattress of your hotel or the kitchen size in your camper van.