Travelling Tips For a Limited Budget
For most people who are travelling, it is not financially possible to stay in the most luxurious of hotels, or eat in the most fancy restaurants en route. Whilst it is nice to be able to enjoy these luxuries, when you are travelling on a budget, you will simply not be able to do it. Travellers who are on a budget would rather economize on their travel costs so that when they reach their destination, they will have more money to spend. There are some great ideas for saving money when travel so that you will have plenty of spending money at the end of your trip.
You should try to book in advance. Many travel companies will charge you less if you book in advance and if you can be specific about when you want to travel. If you have only a little time to make your travel arrangements and are not too fussy about what time you want to travel, sometimes travel firms will sell of their unsold seats at a reduced rate in order to get as many seats full as possible. Be careful because if you are in a group and you book this way, you are likely to be sitting apart from one another for the trip.
When you are making your travel arrangements, try to be flexible about when you can travel. If you travel mid week, it is often far cheaper than travelling at the weekend. You will also find that if you can be flexible about the time of day that you travel, over night trips can be significantly cheaper than day time trips.
If you need to make any stops along the way, or if your trip will be quite long in duration, you need to think about your eating arrangements. Take snacks with you if you can, and eat at fast food outlets instead of at expensive restaurants where possible.
Budget Travelling – Doing More With Less
There are several things you can do to maximize on what you get for your budget whilst travelling. If you are going to be travelling to many different places around the world, then it can be a good idea to try to keep in touch with other travellers. You could find that you have just traveled to a hot location, and will then be going to somewhere colder and wetter and someone else is doing the opposite. Rather than having to carry two different sets of clothing with you, you could arrange to swap with the other traveler. This will keep your luggage costs down, means that you don’t have to carry as much around with you and you wont have to spend so much on clothing for your travels. Other things you could swap include maps for the countries that you are visiting and even any useful items that you have picked up from your destinations.
When you are travelling, it can be very tempting to try to eat in expensive restaurants or chains that you maybe have at home in your own country. If you try to be more adventurous and eat from the smaller local places, you will be able to not only sample new and exotic cooking, but also save money. This is because those expensive restaurants make the most of travellers’ lack of desire to try new things. Because people will pay those prices, the restaurants will charge them.
When travelling, especially if you need to stop in many different places, you should make the most of hostels. These are incredibly low cost, and you will find that you can meet many like-minded travellers. If you do not mind about sharing rooms with other people and you don’t need the luxury of a hotel, then a hostel can save you lots of money.
What is a Realistic Budget For Travelling?
The first thing to do when planning a realistic budget is to work out how much money you can actually afford to use. Work out how much money you can put aside after your earnings have paid the bills and finalize an amount that you can realistically save for travelling. If you already have money saved up, then use this as your budget.
Now you have decided on a budget, you can now decide on where you want to go and what you can afford based on your budget. This is where you need to get a piece of paper and a pen, or begin a spreadsheet on your computer. You should have two lists. These are the names of any items to take with you or costs that you will incur and the actual figure amounts of these costs will be in the second list.
In the first list, you need to think of anything that you will need before you leave. Toiletries, suitable clothing, sun cream, insect repellant, medical supplies and passports will be some of the things on your list. You should also add to this list any tickets that you have purchased before you travel. Other things you will need when travelling include the accommodation costs, price of dining out and any souvenirs or keepsakes you might want to take with you.
Once you have come up with your list of things that you may need when you are travelling, then you should work out some estimated costs for each item and put these in the other list. You should be generous with the costs, just in case you cant find the item for the price that you have budgeted. If you find that the totals come to more than your budget will allow, you need to consider travelling to somewhere closer, or choosing a cheaper destination.
Travelling With Kids on a Budget
One of the main things that you should remember when travelling with kids is that they have a very short attention span and enjoy being active. You should always bear this in mind when you are travelling with kids. Finding a cheap all-inclusive holiday might be fine for the adults who need to relax and are happy just lazing around the pool, but kids need constant stimulation to keep them entertained.
There are many free things that you can plan for kids to do whilst you are on holiday or when travelling. Firstly, you should look at the different ways that you can travel. Often, travelling by land can be cheaper than travelling by plane. If you are staying in your own country, maybe you could plan a route by land where you can stop at several interesting places on the way to your destination. Some free activities that you could plan are going to the beach, where you can leave the kids to run and play and even paddle in the water whilst you can relax in peace. Because of the open environment of a beach you can relax whilst still being able to have full view of where your kids are and know that they are safe. You could plan sightseeing walks, and even go climbing with your kids for free.
Many travel companies will offer discounts for families, for example kids go free with each full paying adult, or kids eat for free. These kinds of deals can save you money. When you are looking for places to eat, look out for kids’ menus. If you are in a foreign country, your kids may be reluctant to try the local food, so if you can dine at a chain that you have in your own country with a kids deal, you can save money this way.
The Best Places to Travel on a Budget
Ireland is currently experiencing economic issues. This is bad news for Ireland, but for travellers from other places, this works in their favor. The exchange rate for one has improved greatly in the past few years. When you have your currency changed you will receive more spending money than you did before. You will also be able to enjoy the cheaper prices that are now charged for meals and costs whilst you are away. The best times to visit is June if you wish to avoid the summer season, but still wish to have the best weather. July and August are the busiest months for tourism in Ireland.
Sri Lanka is another great place to visit if you are on a budget. They have just ended a civil war that has lasted for 25 years and one of Lanka’s main targets is to increase their tourism levels. The island itself is beautiful and full of things to do, and with the tourism goals, this is great news for travellers as everything is cheaper than you would expect to pay. You can pay around $1 for an entire lunch! With plans to build many more hotels in Sri Lanka, you will have no trouble in finding accommodation when you travel.
Jamaica has recently built a new airport to facilitate international travel. This has brought more hotels and more travellers to the island. It is one of the cheapest Caribbean locations that you can visit and with the many sites and exotic food that you can sample, you will love travelling to Jamaica if you are on a budget. Be careful of travelling to Jamaica during July, August or September, as this is hurricane season, whilst the rainy season comes in stages throughout the year in May, June October and November.