Travel can be a life-changing, eye-opening experience and something that everyone should do in their lives. Travel can be incredibly fulfilling and introduce you to new places, cultures and people, but it can also be costly which is what puts many people off. Fortunately, there are all kinds of ways that you can make savings that should make it more affordable.
Travel in Off-Peak Season
Much like when planning a holiday, you will find that you can make big savings by travelling in off-peak seasons. Travelling outside of the school holidays will always make any kind of travel more affordable, plus you should also find that this makes most places much quieter with fewer tourists for a more authentic travel experience.
Stay in Hostels
If you plan on staying in hotels at every place that you visit, you will find this to be hugely expensive. Hostels cost a fraction of the price, plus you will find that this is all part of the experience and can be a great way to meet new people and have some fun. It is always worth researching hostels ahead of time to make sure that they are safe and comfortable.
Cut Down on Souvenirs
When backpacking, you will inevitably want to buy some souvenirs to take back home. While a few is fine, you should avoid buying too many or anything that is too expensive (this will also take up space in your bag). Instead, try to find cheap souvenirs and make sure that you take plenty of photos as these are more enjoyable to look back on when you are at home.
Use a Prepaid Card
When you are travelling and on the move, it can be very easy to lose track of your spending when it comes to transport, food, activities and shopping. This is why you might want to try a prepaid card, which can make it easier to control your spending by having a set amount on the card.
There will be times where you need to take public transport, but you should also look to walk where possible. Not only is this free and good for your health, but walking is the best way to explore somewhere new and a chance to soak up the atmosphere.
Look for Free Activities
The main tourist activities are often expensive, so instead you should try to find free and alternative activities that will give you a different view of your destination. You can do this by researching online as well by asking the locals what the best places to visit and activities are.
As you can see, there are lots of ways to make savings on a travel experience that could also give you a more enjoyable and authentic trip.
Article by Born Realist