It’s possible to travel and have fun without having to spend a fortune and max out your best travel credit cards, only to pay it all off in the coming months. Spending a lot of money on holiday does not guarantee you’ll have more fun, anyway. Traveling need not be all about lavish and unnecessary spending. Below are some ideas that you can try to save money while traveling without sacrificing fun and relaxation.
Look for Affordable Accommodations
It’s nice to stay in a beautiful hotel. But if you will be spending all day outside visiting must-see tourist attractions, you will only be using your hotel room for shower and sleep. Instead of fancy hotels, you can opt to stay at more affordable boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, or backpacker’s hostels. If you’re not fussy, you can also check if your destination has couch-surfing options.
Cook Your Own Meals
Food costs can add up rapidly if you’re not careful. Instead of eating lunch and dinner at restaurants, you can buy groceries and cook your own meals. You can just make your own breakfast or have a light dinner at your hotel room.
Most hotel breakfasts are also expensive, and they don’t taste that spectacular as well. If you don’t want to feel deprived of the local cuisine, you can allot one meal to eat outside. Check online for restaurants near your area. Read reviews and compare prices. This way, you’ll know which dishes are worth trying, and how much you have to spend on your meal.
Avoiding Eating in Touristy Places
Sometimes you just have to give in because they are so conveniently near the tourist attractions. But remember to not eat within six blocks of a huge tourist attraction. Prices at these food establishments are way more expensive because locals like to think that all tourists have big money to spend while on vacation.
What you can do instead is to explore side streets and hole in the wall establishments. You will have to be adventurous, but the food is a lot more exciting, costs a lot cheaper, and tastes a whole lot better.
Use Public Transportation
You can Uber your way around town, but what’s the use of going to a place you’ve never been if you have a driver taking you around town? Explore and discover places by walking, cycling, rowing, or taking buses and trains. Take midnight buses or overnight trains when you’re going home late. They’re cheaper and way more fun than sitting at the backseat of a taxi or rented car.
Make the Most out of Free Tourist attractions
Beaches, mountains, museums, and parks are your best bets when it comes to enjoying and exploring without spending anything. Most museums are free in any country you visit. Some may have special exhibits or events that will require a fee or donation. Parks and beaches are usually open to the public. If you want to hike, you can get a local guide or join a group to save on costs.
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