Traveling is one of the greatest joys in life. However, that joy can turn into horror when you return from your holiday and see how much money it cost you. But what if we told you that it’s possible to both enjoy yourself and save money? It’s not that hard — the only thing you need is to organize yourself. To help you achieve both pleasure and financial stability, we’ve compiled a set of tips to guide you through the traveling world. Enjoy!
1. Book your flights in the afternoon
This is a simple trick that many people don’t know. The logic behind this is that many business travelers and holiday-goers choose to book their flights in the morning. Due to the higher interest in spots on flights, the prices are much higher when booking sites start confirming reservations. Just because the promo price is one day only doesn’t mean you should hurry and do everything in the morning.
Wait a bit, scan some more sites and make your move at around 4-5 p.m. This is the best time to book a flight.
2. Pay attention to the less popular sites
Booking a flight has never seemed easier, right? Although there are many popular websites that offer airline ticket prices, don’t always go for them. When they become popular, many of them make a deal with airline companies to get a share of every booking. That way, the tickets will be more expensive than they actually should be.
Instead, give CheapOAir, Skyscanner, Vayama and similar cheap online booking agencies a chance. That way, you will save as much as 60% on a single ticket. Keep your eyes wide open.
3. Flight alerts are your friend
Use sites like Airfare watchdog to receive email notifications about discounts and price drops. The only thing you have to do is fill out the form and mark all the locations you want to visit. After that, just wait and see when there’s a discount or promotion going on. That way, you will be able to get tickets to places you want to visit on short notice.
Additionally, don’t hesitate to call airline companies at the last minute to see if there are some undisclosed vacancies. Sometimes, you can fly all over Europe for as little as $20.
4. Don’t waste time on accommodation
Most people are used to comfort. It’s amazing when it’s the middle of autumn and you return home from work tired every day. However, during your vacation, your only duties are to relax and wander around. Therefore, don’t waste money on fancy hotels. Use Airbnb, Booking.com or Trivago.
That way, you will find a legitimate place to stay with the bare necessities. You will have both more freedom and more money. It makes sense.
5. Earn money on the go
Many times, we see people feeling down because they have no money to travel. In most cases, they do have money but think it’s not enough. To turn this situation to their advantage, the best solution is to work on the go.
Why don’t you try teaching English online or working via Upwork, Freelancer or a similar site? That way, you can work whenever you want, how you want and in whatever field you want. Why not make it a challenge too? Go to another country with not enough money and work while you travel. That way, it will be both fun and rewarding.
6. House-sitting or babysitting are options
Not many people know this, but you can easily move to another country to house-sit or babysit. In Western European countries, more and more parents are looking for babysitters who speak English. This is because they want their kids to learn English while still being taken care of. There are many ads online.
House-sitting is also a good option. Sites like Trusted House Sitters are good communities to find out the best offers while getting to know the area you’ll be in.
7. Buy a local SIM card
You’ll be surprised to find out that most travel expenses are due to roaming charges. People are too lazy to buy a local SIM card and switch out their own. Because of this, all the piled-up calls, messages and internet sessions yield massive costs that can become a problem later on.
Every country’s providers have some sort of cheap package that is focused on the internet only. That way, you can be in contact with everyone you need to be at a low price.
8. Shop like you live there
The biggest money-burning culprit while traveling is eating out. So many times, we are too lazy to cook up a meal when we return home and opt for takeout or fast food. Instead of spending like a madman, try getting yourself some basic groceries. That way, you will be able to feel secure at home knowing you can eat whenever you want.
Don’t hesitate to try out new tastes and recipes. By doing this, you will save money and stop the nasty habit of eating out.
9. Travel with a carry-on only
Why do you need all those clothes and unnecessary things? Extra suitcases are a big money leech, and you have to stop carrying them. Instead, opt for only using your carry-on luggage. Here’s how you can do it.
Simply use fewer clothes than you need and wash them when you’re there. Also, leave room for future shopping sprees.
10. Avoid paying for Wi-Fi
It’s still sad that we have facilities that charge for the use of their Wi-Fi network. Don’t give them a dime just because you’re desperate. Many cafes, parks and buses are equipped with their own free network that anyone can use.
If you’re working on the go, chances are you’ll need to find a network. If you’re not sure about coverage or convenience, ask your provider back home for a 50-60 GB USB-powered package. It’s a bargain!