Traveling on a budget is becoming an increasingly attractive option for adventurous individuals who want to embark on a different path but don’t have a large bank account or wish to save some money.
Tricks for Finding Cheap Flights
With the following tricks, you can discover affordable flights to take off toward unforgettable experiences without sacrificing your budget.
- Compare prices with flight search engines.
- Flexibility is key; whenever possible, travel on weekdays.
- The best day to buy is Tuesday night.
- 90% of the time, flights with layovers are cheaper than direct flights.
- Try flying from cities other than your own and take the opportunity to explore another destination on the same trip.
- If possible, avoid traveling in July and August, as they tend to be peak travel seasons.
- Take advantage of low seasons like April-May, October-November when the number of travelers is lower.
- Purchase tickets for off-peak hours. Early in the morning or late at night, when fewer people want to travel, is a good option for finding cheap tickets.
- Travel with a carry-on.
How to Get Cheap Accommodation
This is the most economical option when it comes to accommodation. They have a more communal and friendly atmosphere than hotels. You can choose to share a room with other travelers or, if you’re traveling with a partner, friends, or just want to be alone, they also offer private rooms at a good price.
- If you’re sharing a room, bring earplugs just in case your neighbor snores.
- Always carry a padlock to secure your belongings; all hostels have lockers.
- If you arrive in a city without accommodation, inquire about the hostel area, get quotes from several, and ask to see the room before paying. If you find that it doesn’t match the quality-price, negotiate.
- Don’t forget to check the high and low seasons of the places you visit; this greatly influences the price and occupancy of hostels.
Bring a tent and sleeping bag. In many European countries, camping in any natural space is prohibited, so they have campsites for setting up your tent. Of course, it’s much cheaper than a hostel.
Bartering still exists, and surprisingly, it’s still used today. Did you know that hostels often provide free accommodation to travelers in exchange for a few hours of work each day?
Arrive at a hostel or send them an email before going, ask if they’re looking for a volunteer or worker for a few days or weeks in exchange for accommodation. They might need help at the reception, a tour guide, assistance in the kitchen, or even someone to help create and maintain their website.
Here are some websites that offer these types of exchanges:
- Woofing: Work on organic farms in exchange for accommodation and food.
- HouseSitting: Take care of a house or a pet while the owners are traveling.
- StayDu: Another platform that allows you to exchange work with locals for accommodation. There is a paid option and a free one.
- AirBnB: If you’re traveling with friends or staying in the same place for several days, try renting an apartment or a room. Sometimes it can be cheaper than hostels.
Other tips for traveling on a budget
In Europe, opt for train passes, especially in countries like Spain or Italy where train travel is more economical. Consider overnight journeys for long trips within Europe or between cities in South America. When using buses, negotiate directly with drivers in some countries like Colombia, as buying tickets at the terminal is often cheaper than online.
Utilize local transportation after confirming fares with locals, avoid taxis unless urgent (always ask for estimated fares), skip the pricey bus ticket offered on planes for city transfers, explore cities by renting a bike, and check if purchasing a 10-ride metro ticket is a cost-effective option for multi-day travel.
In conclusion, these budget-savvy tips pave the way for unforgettable journeys. Embrace the art of traveling on a budget and turn your travel dreams into reality without breaking the bank. Happy and economical travels!