Travel is open but it might as well still be closed with the cost of overseas travel these days! Every dollar counts, so while you’re probably still planning a quick getaway, there may be some helpful tips you can use to save as much money as possible by cutting out unnecessary extra expenses.
Try these smart planning strategies while you plan to see the world:
1. Plan your travel budget
Unless you just won the lottery (in which case you don’t need to read this article), you should plan a travel budget before you start traveling. What is a travel budget?
Calculate how much money it will cost you to get to your destination, how much you will need to spend on food and accommodation, how much flash money you can still afford for shopping and other things, and if you need medical or travel insurance.
2. Plan shorter stays
The longer the trip, the more expensive it will be. Planning a shorter trip may mean you can’t include absolutely everything you want to see and do on your list, but hopefully the tradeoff is that you can afford another vacation sooner rather than later.
3. Travel during the off-peak season
If you are able to travel at any time, choose off-season. Not only will getting there be cheaper, but the destination itself will also cost less. Also, there should be fewer people on vacation at the same time.
4. Think outside the box
Go somewhere not so obvious. It’s quieter, cheaper and less touristy. Popular locations are priced high because high demand equals high prices.
Make your international travel affordable and just as enjoyable by traveling to a more obscure destination for a unique adventure few can boast of.
5. Be flexible with your flights
The cost of a flight can vary greatly, depending on when and how you purchase it. Letting price determine the days you fly can be a huge budget saver, so be as flexible with flights as your schedule allows.
Flexible travel dates also give you the freedom to search for flights using the “Low Fare Calendar” search features offered by many airlines, which show the cheapest days to travel (mid-week travel). week and Saturday night can save money).
Also check flight comparison websites to get a good deal. If you book through one of these sites, be sure to read the fine print. Their change or cancellation policies may not be as flexible as you would like and may cost you more than you save.
6. Fly strategically
Few people appreciate flights that are not direct, where they have to change planes several times or have to spend hours in airports waiting for their next flight with ridiculous layover times.
But these flights are often the cheapest flights, so make them work for you. Look for flights with air stops in the places you want to visit and choose those that will give you at least five hours of transit time to get out of the airport and explore the city.
When shopping for flights, uncheck the “direct flights only” box, and you’ll be surprised how much cheaper multi-leg flights can be than their direct counterparts. Tip: In some cases it may also be cheaper to buy separate indirect flights to your destination, so shop around before you buy the first ticket you see.
7. Explore quirky accommodation options
Besides typical accommodations like hotels, motels, or AirBnBs, consider staying at a local monastery or trying a farm stay for a different experience. Depending on where you’re traveling, discover offbeat accommodation options that are usually both cost-effective and add to the uniqueness of your adventure abroad.
8. Take advantage of free attractions
Walking tours are a great way to see the sights of a city. Many towns offer free walking tours of local museums and places of interest, pub crawls and walking trails, saving you a ton of money just walking around town instead of pay for taxis.
9. Look for bundles and packages
Social media is a great way to keep tabs on packages and discounts on entrance fees and ticket prices for places and sites you plan to visit. Book the tours, trips and experiences you want to do before you go to take advantage of pre-booking discounts.
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This article was first published in Wonderwall.sg.