Travelling is a great way to grow as a person, learn more about yourself, and experience new things. But it can also be very expensive and you don’t want to be paying for your holiday long after you have returned to your work. Luckily there are many ways that you can save money and still have a great experience while travelling.
Here is how to keep costs down on your next holiday.
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Find Cheap Flights
There are many sites out there that will help you get cheap flights. If you are flexible about the days that you travel you can get some really great deals. Doing research before you travel will help you avoid paying full costs for flights, and when you are browsing flights use incognito mode to stop the cost going up on your return visit to the site.
Get the Correct Insurance
You may feel that insurance is an unnecessary expense that you won’t even need but nothing could be further from the truth. You should definitely have trip cancellation insurance and medical insurance for the area that you are travelling to. If anything goes wrong it will save you thousands in unexpected medical bills, and you can replan your trip if anything goes wrong before you leave. If you are planning on travelling a lot then it will be worthwhile purchasing an annual multi trip policy before you leave.
Look for Discounts and Passes
Many international cities offer discounted passes on transportation, meals, and entrance fees into tourist attractions. Many museums and art galleries have one night during the month where they waive the entrance fee. If you do some research before you leave you can find ways to save hundreds of dollars on your travel costs.
Talk to the Locals
Talking to the locals is a great way to save money. You can find information about restaurants with the best value, nice areas to visit that may not be known as tourist destinations, and the best ways to travel by transit inexpensively. It is also a great way to learn more about cultural traditions that may not be advertised.
Think About What You Want From Your Accommodation
When you are planning your accommodation you need to take into account what you are looking for so you don’t end up paying for unnecessary extras that you won’t use. There are many inexpensive options available like staying in dorm rooms of colleges, discounts if you stay in one place for an extended period, trading homes with people and couch surfing. Consider renting a self-catered villa or apartment and you can save costs on food by preparing inexpensive meals yourself so you don’t have to dine out for every meal.
Don’t Pay Extra Bank Fees
Service charges, cash advance fees, cash advance interest, and exchange rates can cost travellers quite a bit of money. Make sure you get a card that waves all international fees. Preload your credit card with cash and do cash advances on your own money. Don’t carry around large amounts of money so that you don’t lose it all if you are robbed or leave your wallet somewhere.