Many travellers will tell you there is nothing more revitalising and soul-warming than travelling to a new part of the world and experiencing their culture first-hand. There is no doubt that travelling is one of the best joys in life and is good for a plethora of reasons, such as boosting mental well-being and confidence.
Whether you visit a place for their mouth-watering cuisine, enjoying visiting the many historical landmarks and museums, or prefer to envisage yourself lying on a lilo float in the sea with a cocktail in hand, there is always something for everyone.
However, it’s no secret that travelling can be an expensive interest, which causes a lot of people to refrain from going on holiday as often as they would like. But money doesn’t have to be the deciding factor if you budget wisely; it is completely possible to travel on the cheap.
There are several websites on the internet that will allow you to compare different airlines beside each other, which can help you to pick the best deals and save you a considerable amount of money. There are also budget airlines available that offer very cheap tickets, such as EasyJet or Ryanair, who fly to numerous countries around the globe. This can be time-consuming and tedious, but getting the research correct ensures you are getting the most for your money.
When considering where to travel to, look around for places with the best deals and where your pennies will go further. Countries such as Thailand and India are great examples of destinations that are more affordable. However, due to these areas being a fair distance away, you may have to pay more for the flight there, but once you land, you will notice how far your money will go straight away.
Finding accommodation that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg may seem nigh-on impossible, but it is considerably easier now than ever before with easy access to apps and websites that enable you to stay in cheaper premises by renting directly from homeowners, or doing a house swap. Websites, such as Air BnB, allow you to see pictures of the space and provides reviews from people who have rented before, just like a hotel, so you know what to expect before booking.
When looking for flights, there are a number of reward programmes available with various airlines and hotel chains that reward you for spending money with them. The more you use them, the more ‘rewards’ you receive, including free stays and even free flights.
Opening an account for a credit card can really help with travelling expenses and means you have time to pay back the money you spend at a later date. It is something worth considering, especially as some credit card companies give you points or rewards on airline tickets and hotel stays as an incentive, which can help to save you money.
However, if your credit score may prevent you from getting a credit card, there are other ways to save. The Post Office offers a ‘Travel Money Card’ which is essentially a prepaid multi-currency card that’s convenient, easy to use and secure. These cards are often used if you’re planning a trip to several countries and just want to take a single card, or in countries where there isn’t a specific pre-paid card that carries that currency.
So, if you do enough research and plan your trip thoroughly, whilst budgeting for every necessity, it is entirely possible to travel on a budget and enjoy yourself without breaking the bank!