The last thing you want to do during your vacation is to worry about spending outside your budget. If you don’t think about ways to save money before the trip, you might end up blowing far more money than you imagined. So let’s take a moment to have a look at how to save money on your next trip. From how you can ship your bags, to getting the best meals; we’ll break down everything in detail.
Fly on a Weekday
We know that this is not always practical for your work schedule, but think about it, if you move your trip up by just a day or two, you can save a lot on the cost of your ticket! So start off by booking your flight for a weekday. Weekend tickets are always more expensive, and sometimes overbooked thereby driving the price of the tickets up.
Also, another little trick we have for you is that the second flight of the day is always less expensive than the first. Your welcome.
Use Cheaper Airlines
We can’t stress this enough!! People get “trapped” into their (expensive) airlines they always fly with, due to attractive memberships, sky mile programs or club cards, but the problem is, that you only see savings after flying with them multiple times, and even then, they are not always the best deals!
The next step to saving money on any trip is to start flying with cheaper airlines, they ALWAYS have good deals and fly to all destinations around the world. So while you might have an airline you frequently fly with, it’s time to move on and start looking at airlines such as EasyJet, JetBlue, or Wizz Air to really find the best deals.
Ship Your Bags
Now once you’ve decided to fly with a cheaper airline, there are some things you need to take note of. Your luggage is not included in the cost of the ticket. Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered! Send your bags with our shipping service, we specialize in delivering luggage around the world.
Another advantage to using our service is that it’s a door to door service, which means that we will pick up your suitcases, and any other items you want to take with you, from sports equipment to camping goods and deliver them to your destination. You will literally be able to travel hassle-free. Your welcome again.
List Your Place on Airbnb.
OK, so we know this one is a bit tricky and not for everyone, but if this seems like something you can do, you can cover the cost of your whole trip or at least a significant part of it.
It’s actually not hard to list your place on Airbnb, check out how to do it here. Plus, like everything else in the world, you can look online for some good advice on how to quickly and cheaply clean up and spruce up your home, to make it attractive to renters.
Blend In Like a Local
When you get to your destination, there’s no need to live like a tourist! Blend in with the locals and acclimate to your surroundings. Instead of shopping at the expensive tourist shops, go to the local markets. This way, not only will you save money, but you will also have the opportunity to get a feel for the country you’re visiting.
Also, stay away from fancy restaurants. Again, these are tourist attractions and can eat up a lot of your budget. Instead, try out the local eateries and bars, or better yet, if your accommodations allow it, make some home-cooked meals, and eat out as little as possible.
Hotels are a good option when you need a place at your destination but are very expensive. If you wish to spend more than a night or two, you should consider renting a place to stay. Just like you did with listing your home on Airbnb, you should also get a place through Airbnb. With Airbnb, you get a cheaper place to stay with a lot more space and amenities. If you’re travelling as a group, it is paramount you use the services of Airbnb due to the huge cost of hotel rooms.
Here’s a little trick for you to get the best out of Airbnb’s service. When choosing a rental for yourself, make sure to select rentals from Airbnb’s ‘superhost’. These superhosts give the best experiences to their guests and provide exceptional hospitality.
Purchase Fewer Items
This one may seem obvious, but some people really struggle with sticking to their budget. However, this is the most important tip of all. Avoid buying unnecessary items, it may seem like a fun idea to buy a couple of items to showcase when you get back home but honestly, how much stuff can you display? It’s just not necessary.
The best alternative is to take lots of photos to remember your experience. This is really the best advice we can give you, you will be so much happier when you get home to have great pictures of your trip rather than a bunch of nick-knacks that nobody really wants.
So that’s it, we really hope this guide helps you plan the best trip, so you can enjoy your vacation without feeling stressed about money. Trust us, you will get home from your vacation and start planning the next one!