At the beginning of a new year, we very often find ourselves setting new goals and reviewing impediments to self-actualization. Sometimes, these goals include a commitment to traveling more, or taking longer trips over the course of the year.
However, when you’re low on time and funds; traveling begins to seem like a really unrealistic endeavor.
Fortunately, there are discounts, deals and more deals that facilitate easy traveling and get you round the world for relatively lighter costs. We’ll be sharing a few tips with you to help you travel easy:
1. Have a ‘’Yes, I can” Mindset
While working on a positive mindset towards achieving your goals might seem like rather cliché advice, it’s no less important for that. When you envision yourself traveling, you start thinking of the littlest ways to make a more cost-effective trip; and once you’re doing that, you’re good to go!
2. Have a Clear Savings Strategy
It’s not enough to chuck in a random ten bucks today and zero bucks the rest of the month, unless you can whip up your travel expense from an existing fund, you need a concise savings plan, and more; you need to follow through!
3. Get a Flight Discount Deal
One real dampener of the zeal to travel is the cost of flight tickets; but thankfully, airfares aren’t quite financially demanding as they once used to be.
So far you are willing and capable of making your plans flexible, there’s always a good deal to be had. You can type in your home city on Google Flights, and set your destination to ‘’everywhere’’, you then get to choose from among a variety of affordable flight plans to diverse locations.
Another option is to sign up for newsletter via emails from notable websites that search out up to date flight deals, even on international flights.
4. Earn Travel Points!
One easy way of cutting travel costs is to get credit cards, and employ services that earn you reward points. These and a couple other techniques are known as ‘Travel Hacking’. It’s simply spending money strategically so you get returns, and not necessarily cash returns, but thousands of miles in reward points which (once they translate into free trips, accommodations, tours) actually translate into cash back deals.
It’s quite legal, and since you’ll be spending money anyway, there’s hardly reason not to get treats in return.
5. Find Freebies!
We can’t possibly stress this enough. While most worthwhile areas thrive by being tourist traps, the truth is, if you take the time to search, there’s still often a lot of free stuff (tour features, local activities and the likes) available.
Our all-time favorite search phrase is ‘’free things to do in …’’.
It helps to think that, whichever locale you choose to visit, someone else has probably been there, and there’s very likely some post about that trip hanging out there somewhere on the internet.
6. Public Transport
Unless you’re not on a slim budget, you may want to steer clear of rideshares and taxis like Uber or Lyft, except on occasions when you can offset the cost by sharing the can with other passengers. Public transport is the way to go.
Bearing in mind the fact that the places you’ll be visiting may very well be just everyday sights to local residents, there’s very likely a normal, pocket-friendly means of transporting oneself there.
Google Maps would often give you a non-tourist breakdown of your transportation options.
7. Use Local Tourism Services and Get Affordable Accommodation.
Surprisingly enough, local offices catering to tourism affairs are a fairly under-utilized resource. They can very often put you onto the most cost-effective means of transportation, good food at affordable rates, free and minimal cost tours and local events, and even places to get cheap and safe accommodation.
Accommodation is probably among the largest fixed costs people who travel have to bear, and cutting down this expense to the quick might make all the difference in how long you’ll be able to stay in town, and what activities you’ll be able to engage in while you’re around. Since you must have someplace to stay at night, you can consider bunking in hostels, staying at universities, an Airbnb or Couchsurfing. Don’t forget to be remain ever security-conscious as you explore various accommodation options.
8. Eat Cheap
As with accommodation, food is a non-negotiable necessity (wonder what a negotiable necessity is? Hitting the cinema on your trip is a very good example, food isn’t), and you’ll want to eat good food without backbreaking prices. If you’re down for it, you may want to go grocery-shopping and cook your own meals; it’ll be a nice idea to get guides and prepare your very own local recipes, that’s fun, and cheap. Otherwise, you could also utilize apps like Yelp, TasteCard, RiceBowl and so on to find really friendly deals on good food, while getting reviews and reasonable expectations from the experiences of previous tourists.
I did say earlier on that most worthwhile locales thrive on being tourist traps, and good quality food is a surefire method. To avoid this friendly (or not so friendly) exploitation, you would do well to five-block rule. It means finding your way some five or more blocks in any direction from any tourist hub, you’ll very likely discover hangout spots and restaurants the locals patronize. An added benefit of employing this rule is that, in addition to getting much cheaper food than would be immediately available to a tourist, you very often find that tourist markets are seasonal and often makeshift, as such; they probably won’t pay much attention to quality, since they need not bother with customer loyalty, unlike year-round businesses which have to provide good food to the locals at all times, or go out of business.
Nothing beats opening yourself to the diverse cultures of the world, living it, soaking it in and developing a genuine appreciation for them and this is one great way to do all of that and more.