While it will leave your rich in experience, there’s no denying the fact that travel can be an expensive passion to pursue. If you want to save money on your journey – and ultimately travel more – check out our favorite 5 tips for stretching your budget further.
Leverage Your Platform
If you already have a strong platform, try reaching out to tourism operators in the areas you’re looking to travel. You may be able to arrange a partnership where they provide free or discounted accommodation, experiences, tour guides or even flights in exchange for posts and exposure about their region.
Check out our recent post, How to Approach Tourism Operators for Partnerships and Sponsored Posts, for more info.
Save Money in Your Sleep
Accommodation and transport costs can quickly eat into your travel allowance, so kill two birds with one stone and save a fistful of cash by opting for overnight fights, trains and buses when you can.
Not only will you get where you’re going and have more daylight hours to see the sights, you’ll also save money on accommodation by catching your Zs while you travel, rather than arriving at your destination and then paying for a room for the night.
If you’re a light sleeper, invest in some cheap noise-cancelling headphones and download a white noise or sleep machine app on your smartphone.
Shop Smarter for Air Fares
Whether you’re traveling internationally or domestically, the cost of your flights are likely going to take a significant bite out of your travel budget. Being flexible with your plans and keeping your eye on the best deals can save you a ton of money, so aim to embrace your spirit of adventure as much as possible when planning your next trip.
The Globe Getter’s Tausha Cowan employs one simple philosophy when it comes to maximizing her budget through flexibility:
“If you want to travel to a certain place, be flexible about the timing. If you want to travel at a certain time, be flexible about the location. Choose one — not both.”
Tap into cheap fare trackers and air miles programs to further stretch your travel dollar.
Be Rewarded for Your Spend
Joining frequent flyer programs is a given – but have you considered switching your credit card to one that rewards you with additional air points or hotel credit?
Nomadic Matt advises that travel credit cards offer great opportunities to earn free points that can be redeemed for airfares, hotels or even cash in his popular post, Picking a Travel Credit Card.
“In the race to get customers, credit card issuing companies partner with various travel brands… By milking the system, you can get tons of free air tickets, hotel rooms, vacations, and even cash back.”
It makes sense. If you’re using a credit card to make everyday purchases or to book your travel expenses, you might as well take two bites of the cherry and be rewarded for each dollar you spend.
Take Advantage of What’s FREE
It might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to make the most of free experiences and benefits.
Fill up on the free breakfast provided by your hotel to get you through until dinnertime. See the sights at a slower and more relaxed pace by walking as much as possible. Research local museums and tourist sites before your adventure to get the skinny on their free and open days. Focus on free attractions and sights, such as historic monuments and wonders of nature.