So this the season and you are sitting in your room with no plans at all because all your friends have gone to Greece to explore the warm island of Santorini and you could not accompany them because of the cash crunch. Well, what if I told you that it’s possible to travel in a budget half of what you expect? Let’s find out how.
Planning your destination and saving up on travel –
The best way to save up for your future travel plans is to start with your previous one. Confused? Let me explain.
These days many banks are providing credit cards that are associated with different airline alliances and hotel groups. The best thing to do is to choose one according to your preference and using that card to book hotels and flights.
This will not only save your money by proving you great deals for your current booking but will also reward you in the form of points or miles which can be used in future for a discount or a reward flight/stay.
Some cards even provide you with airline club memberships with upgraded status which can provide you with access to various airport lounges throughout the world and also provide you with additional perks like priority boarding, seat choice etc.
An alternative to credit cards is a foreign exchange card. This card provides basically the same features at a credit card but also has zero transaction fees on swiping or withdrawing money but these are mostly prepaid and require refills.
Now coming to the choice of destination, its always better to plan a visit to a major attraction well in advance as the rates skyrocket in no time but what if you could not and now the rates are way higher than before?
The best to do in this case is to visit that place during the offseason. In this case, the rates are way cheaper than usual and you won’t have to shell a lot on flights and accommodation either.
Another alternative is to visit lesser-known places or places that are economically backward compared to your country.
For example, you are living in America and want to visit somewhere warm in December, Tashkent can be a very good choice as it is a very picturesque place and the food it is super cheap! Similarly, if you stay in Europe then going to the Caribbean may be cheaper than going to Hawaii.
One can also visit less known countries for a backpacking trip full of adventures. Central Africa is a very good option.
So now that you have your chosen destination and credit card, you need to make arrangements right?
Now that you have your credit card, let’s book a cheap flight. Since your bank is associated with a particular airline alliance, it would be fruitful to book a flight on one of the many airlines belonging to that alliance.
Now I know break journeys can be time-consuming and tiring but getting a sweet deal will definitely lessen the pain.
Let’s say you are travelling from America to India.
Now a direct flight to India is generally really expensive unless you book it well in advance or get a really good deal but what if you travel on an airline whose hub is based on a country totally different from the origin and the destination airport?
Airlines like United and Air India will fly directly to the destination airport but will charge you about $1000 which is pretty expensive while airlines like Aeroflot can get you to India within the same amount of time for about $500.
The catch here is that you have a stopover at Russia. But if you think about it, getting off a plane, stretching your legs and getting on another plane is much better than spending $500.
Now while booking a flight, you may come across various websites with fluctuating prices and by the time you decide a website and visit it the second time, the deal is already gone.
The best thing to do here is to search for flights in incognito mode and using a website which compares fares from many other sites (basically a Trivago for flights).
Also, do a search for promo codes as you may really hit a jackpot if you find a proper one. Getting travel insurance while booking a flight is also recommended as in case your baggage is lost in transit, you can claim the amount equivalent to your belongings.
Also, it can help in case you miss your connecting flight as you will be booked on the next flight for little to no cost. Also being nice to your cabin crew might get you perks like a free meal or a drink.
Accommodation and fooding-
Now that you have a confirmed flight ticket, you will also need a place to stay. Accommodation and fooding can be the most expensive factor of a trip if not planned properly. Thanks to intelligent minds, there are a lot of options other than hotels available nowadays which are really banging for a buck.
If you are the traditional type of person who loves being pampered while travelling then you can go to a cheap hotel. The trick is to look for one with facilities such as free breakfast, wi-fi and if you are lucky then free shuttle service from the airport. This might be costlier than a hostel or an air BnB but if you think of it, you are actually saving a lot of time. You can spend a lot more time exploring instead of worrying about what to cook or entry time. Also while having breakfast, you can slip some muffins, fruits and sandwiches in your backpack to avoid spending on lunch.
Air BnB –
This amazing concept introduced by Brian Chesky has really revolutionized travelling. You basically stay at somebody’s home which is much cheaper than staying at a hotel. The price range varies according to your choices which means you are only paying for the facilities that you really want to use. Not only that but you also get to interact with the local people and can get to know a lot more about the culture of that country. If you are lucky then you can find a cheap listing offering everything ranging from the internet to free breakfast and even a location of your preference. You can also save a lot by cooking your own food.
These are basically the cheapest form of accommodation and do not offer a lot other than a place to sleep and freshen up.
Prices vary according to the number of people sharing it and are really pocket-friendly. One really needs to be careful though as these places have a lot of limitations.
Entry time must be followed and flooding is a completely different thing as these places won’t provide you with cooking facilities. Stealing is also a common affair here.
Choosing one of the above three completely depends on your budget and preference.
The best and the cheapest means is to use public transportation as it is really convenient and tourist-friendly.
Using shuttle buses to go to and from the airport is really cheap compared to taking a cab. Similarly, trams, metro or public buses can be used to cover the city as most of them cover all the major attractions of the city.
Well now that you are all set for your budget to travel its time to pack all your travel essentials. Remember to travel light and avoid spending unnecessarily. Avoid tourist traps and click many pictures.
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