So, you’ve decided to bite the bullet and finally do what so many people would love to – travel the world. Without a doubt, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There’s no surprise why it can cost a fortune then. But there are ways to save money on such a trip. Here are five of the best:
There’s a tough reality you must face before travelling – you won’t be able to see everything. So decide early what are your must-sees, and what you’ll be willing to miss. That way, you can spend your money on what matters to you.
2. Book ahead
Plans change and having a flexible attitude ensures you make the most of your trip. But where possible, don’t leave booking until the last minute. Get those major flights booked and have an idea how much you should be paying for accommodation.
It might be tempting to hedge your bets and hope for a late deal, but it’s better to keep your eye out for sales, take advantage of early-bird specials and shop around
3. Fly when others don’t want to
A large chunk of your budget will go on flights, so it makes sense to try and save money here. You’ve got to be willing to compromise though. Get up early or stay up late for the cheapest flights. Not everyone is willing to travel at odd times, meaning you can save money by doing so.
You could try travelling overnight on long flights or sleeper trains. It’s one less night’s accommodation to splash out on.
4. Make the most of the sharing economy
The sharing economy has made it easier for travellers and locals to connect with each other. Now that people can advertise and promote their local services and knowledge, you have access to opportunities that save a lot of money. It’s also give your travel experience a unique spin. Examples you could try include Coachsurfing, Eat With A Local, Airbnb and Camp in My Garden. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to let Gear We Are help you find the perfect sleeping bag for your adventure.
5. Play hardball
Knowing when to haggle can save you loads of money. Hotels are a great place to start – email in advance and ask about discount rates, offer to pay cash for a discount or ask about upgrades to a better room.
With a bit of practice, you’ll be a master at negotiating in no time. Just remember, you’ll have more luck doing it in low season.
How do you save money for travelling? Let us know.
Thanks to writer Blake Miller for supporting Borderless Travels through this article.