Travel

How To Save On Traveling: Useful Tips

If you ask people why they don’t travel, every other one will answer “It’s just too expensive”. At the same time every day we enviously browse photos of people who travel as often as we go shopping. How can they afford it? Sure, some people are more well-to-do than others but there are people like us who are not particularly rich but still allow themselves to have fun on vacation. The secret is that one day they just made up their mind, planned their trip beforehand, packed suitcases and went on an adventure and then got so hooked on it that eventually started having difficulty finding place for a stamp in the passport.

Here at LifeSoEasy, we gathered some advice on traveling to inspire you and help to make your vacations fun and exciting.

Vacation preparation

1. Plan your trip beforehand

Depending on where you want to go, planning your trip might take from 2 to 12 months if your destination is Europe, Asia or America (especially if you want to go to a big event like a festival or carnival).

2. Don’t delay booking your flight

It’s possible that you might randomly find some discounts, everyone will agree, though, that the sooner you book your tickets, the cheaper they will be.

3. Ask experienced travellers

You can find the answer to any question that might arise online or even better – ask those who have already been to the place you’re planning to go to and know its cultural peculiarities. Most of such people have blogs which you can also check out for more advice.

4. Look for company

Traveling in a company is usually cheaper and much more fun, so even of you don’t have friends who are keen on adventures, you can always find some online.

5. Choose the time wisely

Summer is vacation time and everyone who has the opportunity goes to “see the world” while tourist agencies and local sellers more often than not take advantage of the situation. In fact, early spring or autumn is not worse for travelling than summer, unless you’re going to a specific event, and you can save on your trip as well.

6. International programs

International programs like Work and Travel or Au Pair among others is a popular way of visiting a foreign country, and get not only lots of exciting memories but also an interesting experience, knowledge, make new friends and all of this is for free.

7. Get a visa on your own

Many people try to avoid the trouble and use the services of special agencies that do all the paperwork for them. These agencies, however, charge for the services quite a lot, besides you can really apply for visa yourself since it’s not that difficult but much cheaper.

8. Get traveling insurance

Some countries don’t require having insurance but you will feel safer in case of emergency – medical care you might need will cost considerably less.

Tickets

9. Compare prices

The most important here is to take some time and look for the best offers. Skyscanner is a service where you can enter your destination and dates and compare ticket prices on all available websites. Don’t forget to check special offers on the site itself.

10. Use local websites for booking tickets

These sites often have better offers than those in English so if you want to travel a lot and often, local websites are the best place for booking flights.

11. Time of day matters

Flights departing early in the morning or late at night are usually much cheaper than during the day, so better look for those.

12. Neighbouring cities

You can also save quite a lot if you book a ticket to a city next to your destination and then commute by train or bus since flights to less popular places are usually cheaper.

Accommodation

13. Couchsurfing

This website is very popular among travelers because it makes trips very economical. People on this source will let you stay at their place and sometimes even give you a tour of the city and treat you to a delicious local meal.

14. Flats instead of hotels

Apart from just using someone’s hospitality, you can pay back by looking after the house or flat while the owners are away or help out in the house while living for free. On Airbnb you can even find such interesting options as a floating house or a room in an old lighthouse.

Transportation

15. Taxi buddies

If you’re travelling alone, at least look for someone to share a taxi with, or check whether your airline offers such a service for free.

16. The way from the airport to the destination

Before going on a trip find cheap ways to get around the city. Taxis are usually very expensive especially if you take it from the airport or a spot popular with tourists.

17. Bus rides

A good way of getting to places while you’re on holiday is riding on city buses which often offer cheap rides and special promotions.

18. Hire a bike

If you’re planning to move around the city a lot, using buses might still be quite expensive, so hiring a bicycle might be a better idea, besides you’ll get some active rest and fresh air.

19. Hitchhiking

This option is not for those who scare easily, but is very economical and particularly common in Europe.

Food

20. Local cuisine

There’s a great website called EatWith where locals create mini-restaurants of their own at home, you choose a place that you like best, book it and spend some time trying the local cuisine and enjoying a good company.

21. Go for seasonal food

There’s no sense in eating meat or regular fruit if you’re on a holiday in an exotic country next to the beach with abundance of seafood, fish and exotic fruit which are common here, therefore, cheap.

22. Supermarket snacks

Shopping for food in supermarkets is way more economical than, say, eating out in a café or, moreover, a fancy restaurant. Apart from that supermarkets often offer some food to taste in an attempt to sell it so you can get some free snacks as well.

Activities

23. Free maps

These can be found in non-commercial tourist centres which are usually located in the city centre and marked with an “I” sign.

24. Download maps

Another good idea is to download offline maps and traveling apps on your smart device. There are tons of them and they will help you to find your way, places to eat, hostels, etc. Besides many of them are available offline too.

25. Age discounts

If you’re a student or at least under 30, there’s an opportunity to save some money by applying for an international ISIC, ITIC or IYTC certificates.

26. Haggle

This practice is especially popular in the East where the prices are quite high but you will usually be able to cut the price almost in half.

27. Tickets

Tickets to entertaining events and attractions are often cheaper during the week, so if you’re visiting a country for a longer time, don’t wait for the weekend to have fun and see places.

28. Sales

If you like shopping and plan doing it on your next vacation, find out when the next season of sales starts and organize your trip for that time.

29. Museum days

Most museums have special days when they allow visitors to enter free of charge. Look for those but don’t forget that there might be many people who like going places for free just like you, so the lines might be quite long.

Mobile and Internet connection

30. Free WI-Fi

In most large cities free Wi-Fi is available everywhere in the city center. There you can find the information you need and call your family on Skype, Messanger or Viber.

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