Gawking at travel bloggers’ Instagram profiles, we always have one question popping in our mind – “how do they afford to travel so much?”
Seeking the answer, what we are most likely to get is – “research and plan in advance”. Doesn’t it sound exasperated? Of course, it does. Doing research means devoting lots of time to the internet. Besides, it’s not as simple as it may sound. But don’t worry, we’ve resolved it for you. Here’re some tips, from our travel experts, to discover the world without ruining your wallet.
Fly Cheaply with Budget Airlines
Those willing to part with the leisure of legroom and checked baggage have a good news here. Flying with budget airlines may save a lot of money! While there are scores of options available, some popular picks in Europe are Easyjet, Ryanair and Vueling. These airlines are often found to offer hefty discounts on both domestic and international flights. In Asia, you have Spicejet, Sri Lankan Airlines, and Air Asia as the most affordable carriers.
Since rummaging through each of these budget airlines individually can be a tad too daunting, you better check out www.lycafly. This is where you can easily compare price across all popular airlines and find the best deal for your travel.
Recommended Read: 10 Cool Tricks to Find the Cheapest Flight Tickets Online
Travel in the Low Season
Europe may seem irresistibly gleaming during the summers, but winters are not bad either, especially when you’re on a shoestring. We all know that everything is a million dollar in the peak travel season. Plus, the huge crowd that makes clicking your favourite pose irksomely tricky.
Thankfully, most destinations have a low season, when there’s still so much to enjoy sans crowds. Imagine exploring pristine, empty Goa beaches in monsoon, skiing in the Swiss Alps, or exploring hauntingly beautiful Amsterdam in winters – all without burning big holes in your pocket.
Travel in Group
Bringing your friends on a holiday not only adds to the fun, but it also saves you a lot of money. Simply because you can split up the cost of everything, from accommodation and meals to transfers and activities.
Although not as comfy as hotels, staying in a hostel or guesthouse is another way to holiday cheaply. Check out Hostelworld or Airnub to find a property to match your requirements and budget. Rental homes are becoming quite popular too.
Many websites and forums help you connect with like-minded travellers and get a free or cheap stay at their homes.
But if you’re not up for such options, be it for security or privacy, and looking to buy a hotel stay, make sure you book it well in advance. Searching on Google or Social Media, you may find lucrative promo codes and discounts.
Learn the Local Transportation
This one is crucial if you don’t want to end up spending hundreds of pounds on UBERS alone. Be abreast of the metro systems and local bus routes in the city you’re travelling to. Living like a local will not only give a different perspective on the place, but it also saves a ton of money. The metro systems across all major cities are usually safe and affordable.
Participate Tourism Programmes
Many airlines, hotels and tourism boards offer programmes to let open-minded travellers explore the culture, life and tourism prospects at their hub destinations. Keep your eyes open, and make sure to search such schemes occasionally. Who knows you might win a chance to travel free.