Traveling the world is an adventure nobody forgets. You get to meet new people, explore new cultures, and experience exotic foods you’d normally only consider eating on a dare.
If you’re traveling on a budget, but don’t want your financial requirements to cut into your explorations and entertainment, here are 7 ways you can keep more of your dollars without sacrificing any fun:
1. Explore countries that are more affordable
If you’re looking for premium hospitality without the high cost, Nepal is a great destination for you. The locals are extremely warm and welcoming, and you can get by with less than $10USD/day. In Nepal, you can experience beautiful wildlife, including Bengal tigers and sloth-bears, through safari adventures.
There are other countries that are affordable to travel to like Mexico, South Africa, Chile, and Puerto Rico.
2. Use promo codes as much as possible
Promo codes are the digital coupons of the internet and they are everywhere. Some codes will save you a lot of money or give you a BOGO deal, while others might only save you a few bucks. If you can’t find the really good codes, you should still use them, even if you only get $5 off. When you’re traveling, every dollar you can save adds up.
3. Check local hotels for entertainment
When you’re traveling, chances are there’s a luxury hotel nearby, and luxury hotels are known for their wonderful live entertainment. Popular acts like Cirque Du Soleil and the Blue Man Group perform at hotels all around the world.
4. Use connecting flights
Nobody likes connecting flights, but they can save you a ton of money. If you’re on a budget, you won’t miss out on any fun by using a connecting flight. It might add a few hours to your travel time, but if it saves you a couple hundred bucks and you can put that money toward more food and entertainment, it’s worth it.
Also, remember that airlines, hotels, and car rental companies are notorious for charging extra fees and it’s up to you to make the right choices to avoid those fees.
5. Book your car rentals the smart way
Car rentals almost never end up being the advertised daily or weekly price after all the fees, taxes, and insurance costs have been added. You’re also likely to pay double or more for your car rental when the pick-up and drop-off locations are different.
Whenever possible, plan for your car rental to be picked up and dropped off at the same location, even if it means rearranging your itinerary.
6. Avoid taxi cabs and use public transportation instead
If you’re visiting a tourist town, taxis will be always more expensive than what you’re used to in your home town. Cab companies know they can count on the income from tourists who don’t want to drive and don’t feel comfortable taking public transportation.
When it comes to saving money, there’s no better time to push through any social anxieties around using public transportation in a new city.
7. Use airline industry insider secrets
Thanks to the internet, airline professionals are spilling the beans about how to get better deals and not get sideswiped by unfair practices that aim to keep more of your money.
For example, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday are noted as the cheapest days to fly (but not necessarily the cheapest days to buy). Also, when your bag is delayed, the airlines will try to placate you with $25 or $50 but according to insiders, they can owe you up to $3,300 if you can prove you needed the items in your bag.
If you experience a delay or a problem with your flight and it’s the airline’s fault, don’t be afraid to speak up. They could owe you money that you could use on your trip.
Budgeting doesn’t have to be boring
Traveling on a budget doesn’t have to mean planning a boring vacation or trip; it just means allocating your financial resources so you have the funds to cover the activities you want to experience while traveling.