There are people who have managed to travel around the world completely free or at a very low cost. This proves that you do not have to have a lot of money to travel. All you need is to be creative. Here are 20 easy ways to stretch your dollars for travel.
1. Start recording
As part of saving your trip, make a plan. When planning, in a column, list all the things you would like. In another column, list how you can reduce or eliminate these costs. Check out how much money you will need and save on that.
2. Sign up for the benefits of flight miles
Many companies already offer these products as part of their product offerings. For example, banks will offer credit card travel points when traveling and using them.
3. Look for airline bids
Popular airlines often have offers for tickets and sales for certain periods of the year. Plan your trips at these times so you can save your flight tickets. Also, plan your mid-week flights when most business travelers or tourists are not flying.
4. Destination package scout
These are great ways to save money. You can get a package that includes everyone, especially in resorts, for less during certain times of the year.
5. Check with your employer
If you work for a government or for a large corporation, consult your employer to see which destinations worldwide have benefits for employees when traveling. Use these benefits and save your money. Travel with proof from your employer to your destination. They can even apply even if you are a retiree.
6. Check with your school
If you are a student, especially a college student, check out at school what the travel advantages they can have for the students. You can also access international student programs that will save you money when traveling.
If you are in high school ask your parents or guardians to look for places for possible school trips. Usually there are discount packages that will save them money and are cheaper than if they did it alone. Typically a teacher or a school employee will accompany the students during the trip.
7. Join a charity or religious organization
There are some charities and religious organizations that have overseas missions. As a member of a mission, you will be able to travel for free. However, please be aware that you are on these trips to help others, not for your own complacency.
8. Make a travel budget
It is very tempting to get engaged on a trip. You will find many things to spend money on. Make travel budget and stick to it.
Stay in cheaper accommodation
If you are not on a tourist package that offers you hotels at lower rates, consider accommodation that will cost you less but is still safe. This includes nights and breakfasts in private homes, rooms in university campuses, monasteries, motels and villas.
10. Try to get on the couch
You may have a friend or family member living in another country. If they do not mind you, consider staying with them instead of paying for accommodation. Another thing you can try is a home-based arrangement. This is where you occupy and observe the ownership of someone and their pets while they are away. Finally, you can join communities where you can connect and stay with the locals for free.
11. Go a lot
Save money by using your feet and do not spend them on taxis or Uber. You can also wear a pair of smart shoes during your trip. Not only can he guide you and instruct you but also burn calories.
12. Rent or purchase your own transport
Instead of paying for taxis to places, consider hiring or purchasing your own transport. Two-wheeled vehicles, such as bicycles, scooters or motorcycles, are usually the best for rent or purchase, as they cost less. You will get more miles from them to go to many places at a lower price.
13. Use electronic guides
There are now many types of guides that you can access to help you get through your vacation area. You can access many of these GPS applications on your mobile phone. This will help you save money on tourist buses and guides.
14. Cook instead of buying food
Do not think about cooking. You can make it fun by trying out some new foods wherever you are. Buy fresh food on the local market and experiment with some new meals. You can do a web search to find out how to make them, and it is not necessarily complicated. This will not only save you money, but you will also learn about the kitchen in another culture.
15. Look for food
Food offers are not available only at international fast food restaurants. You can find them elsewhere. For example, buffet restaurants where the amount of meals far exceeds what you pay. There are also restaurants that can eat, and other places that offer a discount on meals on certain days. Some of them do not mind going away with a "dog bag".
16. Drink boiled water
You do not have to spend money on bottled water that can accumulate. Use the tap water and boil it. Cool it and drink it. You can even use it to make drinks instead of spending on them.
17. Entertainment deals
If you have a vacation package, then you do not have to spend extra for fun. This is provided free of charge in the evening. If you're traveling solo due to negative global events, avoid having fun late at night and in certain places. Consider a local movie or concert.
18. Use debit or credit cards instead of money
Make sure your card does not charge for a foreign transaction. Then, if you have to pay for something, use debit or credit cards instead of money. You can save money from the currency difference depending on the country you are in. In addition, your card may have benefits such as insurance that protects your purchases or points you can call for something later. Every little benefit helps.
19. Shop in discount stores
You do not have to buy things in expensive shops for visitors or tourists. Duty Free shops at airports and shops in hotel hotels pay more for the same items you can find at your local discount store. Look around for them, they should not be so difficult to find.
20. Gifts for others
If you need to take back gifts for friends and family, go for cheap products. Small souvenir items are great and you do not have to buy them in expensive souvenir shops serving tourists. If you go exploring, you can find them gift ideas at local stores and craft markets.