How to cut costs when traveling to expensive places: effective tips

By TravelWiseMar 2, 2024 20:15 PMNews
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Many people wish they could win a lottery jackpot to fulfill their travel desires. The truth is, you don't need that kind of money to explore some of the most fascinating tourist destinations around the world.

There are several ways you can explore exciting tourist destinations on a tight budget, Johnny Blair, a Northern Irish travel writer, teacher, and bartender, told in his blog post.

How to cut costs when traveling to expensive places: effective tips
Johnny Blair. Source: Photo from his blog

Plan ahead

If you can't afford spontaneous trips when traveling on a tight budget. In this case, you need to plan ahead. If possible, plan about a year or six months in advance. Look for affordable airfare and hotels and check for discounts. Many flights offer discounts if you buy your ticket four to six months in advance.

Hidden gems of tourist destinations

Every country has tourist hotspots where thousands of people flock every year. Due to the demand, they set high prices. In most cases, the price is exaggerated and may not provide a true experience. If you're traveling on a tight budget, give preference to hidden gems instead of tourist spots. Not only do they offer an authentic experience, but they are also friendlier to your wallet.

Focus on cheaper countries to travel to

For example, it is more expensive to travel to Western and Northern Europe than to Eastern Europe. It is also cheaper to visit Southeast Asian countries. If you are traveling on a tight budget, choose these countries to get the best value for your money. And you can be sure that you won't miss out on anything. These countries are beautiful, so you can expect exotic adventures without breaking the bank.

Travel like a local

Food, accommodation and transportation take up the biggest budget when traveling. But when traveling on a tight budget, there are measures you can take to save on these expenses.

First, ditch the expensive resorts and luxury hotels and use budget hotels, hostels, and vacation rentals. Websites such as Airbnb and Hostelworld can give you affordable and unique accommodation options, and you may even meet fellow travelers.

Secondly, you don't need to dine at Michelin-starred and luxury restaurants that cost an arm and a leg. Instead, eat at local cafes and markets. You will not only enjoy authentic cuisine, but also save money.

Finally, choose public transportation instead of expensive taxi rides or rental cars

Smart packaging

Packing smart can help you avoid unnecessary expenses while traveling. Pack essentials and a variety of clothing items to reduce the need for last-minute purchases.

Travel during the shoulder season

If you want to travel to popular destinations, travel during the shoulder season (the periods between peak and off-season). In fact, this is what most travelers prefer.

With some research, you can get discounts on flights and hotels because fewer people are traveling. And that's not all; there are fewer people at attractions, so you can enjoy more. For example, instead of traveling to Europe in the summer, plan between April and mid-June and September and October.

As TravelWise wrote earlier, tourists were told about a life hack that allows you to take extra luggage on a flight for free.

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