Saving money and getting to see the world are not as mutually exclusive as you think. With some clever planning, you can go anywhere you like for a much better price - and in this guide, I’m going to give you the tips to do it. Let’s take a closer look at some fantastic ideas I have picked up over the years (and on the web!).
If you follow this guide to the T, the vast majority of your costs are going to be on flights. However, it is possible to save a lot of money by booking nice and early. Keep an eye out for special deals from airlines, and snap them up as soon as you see them - you will rarely get a better deal. Also, think about taking a different route than the obvious one, because popular flights are expensive for a reason. You can fly somewhere less glamorous and hire a car for much cheaper to take you the rest of the way.
Stay in B&Bs--
AirBnB can be a great option for anyone looking for a cheaper way of seeing a country. But, don’t forget about the traditional bed and breakfast places, either. Find a good one, and you can expect all the top comforts of an expensive hotel for half the price.
Avoid English-speaking restaurants--
Of course, you will need to know the local lingo to do this, but it will save you a lot of spending money. When you are abroad, you will often see restaurant signs that state they speak English. The trouble is, you will pay a hefty premium as they know they can charge tourists more. Instead, eat where the locals eat. You will have a more authentic dining experience, and it will cost you far less.
Shop where the locals shop--
Avoid tourist shops, too. Even if you are stopping off for basic supplies, it can cost a small fortune. A good way of saving some money is to use local supermarkets - so keep your eyes and ears open. Let’s say you are heading to Spain. If you pick up things like a Hipercor Catalog, you can use it to compare prices with the tourist spots. Don’t underestimate how much you can save by shopping where the locals shop because it can give a real boost to your spending money!
Use family businesses--
As is the case everywhere in the world, family-run businesses can offer you a much better deal. How? Simply because they have lower overheads regarding paying staff. It means they can offer their customers a lot more for their money, and it’s something thrifty travelers can take advantage of.
Buy a guide book--
One essential purchase that you have to make is to buy a guide book. It will save you so much money because it tells you how to get around, where to go to save, and where to avoid. For the sake of a couple of dollars, it can save you thousands.
Do you have any more tips? Feel free to share them in the comments section!