You don’t need to be rich to travel!!! Here are few hacks for a budget travel!
We precisely tell you how you can curb unwanted pay-outs during a trip!
The presence of fiat money in your pocket certainly determines the fluidity of one’s peregrination. Sometimes the travel destinations and duration of the trips are also decided in view the currency available with one. But a budget should never cease a willing traveler to measure lengths of the world. There is no taking away from the fact that there are a few fixed expenses as to lodging and fooding, that are hard to escape from, while on your trip. But if you keep a few things in mind, there are enough accounts where you may end up saving a fair part of your expenses. All you need is a little planning in advance. You don’t need to be rich to travel!!! Here are few hacks for budget travel!
- Avoid peak season: Pick a date and time when a tourist spot is off season. The rate sheet of hotels and Restaurants come down drastically. You may also opt for home stays instead of hotels and lodges (readily available in most of the travel destinations, mainly mountains). You may also end up cutting your food expenses too by a good margin that way since most home stays offer local, earthy and healthier meals.
- Break the journey in parts: The connecting flights or even if you’re travelling by road, distributing the journey in parts, saves you at least 10-20% of your total commutation. It also advances you to relax properly at different intervals (especially in long trips).
- Overnight journey: This should be your first decision before embarking on any trip. It cuts down the day’s stay cost by at least 15-20%. You comfortably settle on your seat in the bus/train and detox yourself of all the stress while your destination approaches you.
- Get lodged a little before/after the tourist spots: Not only it keeps you off the unnecessary chaos of the city; it also costs you less as compared to main tourist spot. Hotels and restaurants right in the middle of the tourist spot are generally more expensive. You need to cruise. In mountains, it also helps your acclimatize better.
- Eat local, Travel local: You may find the finest of eateries and cuisines at any famous trippers’ spot. But isn’t that’s what you may get in your own city too? It is smart as well as cost effective idea to eat local and resort local bus and autos. It tremendously adds to your bag of knowledge about the place and you have a lot to share about the place next time, another friend enroute there.
- Carry a water bottle: The tiniest of things like water bottle is priced exorbitantly at peak season. There are good chances to find water dispensers at various places for public use. If you have water bottle with you, you may refill it, avoiding redundant purchases of a new one. You feel like one
- Bargain: In continuation of the above point, the shopkeepers, car rentals agencies and shopping malls keep enough margin for themselves while quoting you the price of a product, and add this to their advantage enormously. Pull up your socks! You have all the reasons and rights to negotiate. Don’t be surprised if you’re able to pull down the quoted price by even 50%.
- Keep Change: This comes from my personal experience, where not one, not two, not three but close to 8 times, I ended up paying almost 600-800 bucks more for want of adequate change and loose coins. Please keep enough change in the denominations of 10’s, 20’s and 50’s.
- Should you skip the breakfast at hotels ?- This strictly depends on how your breakfast is priced. The complimentary breakfast should never be skipped (for all pragmatic reasons and unless they don’t pose serious health hazards). But if it doesn’t suit your pocket, the thumb rule says ‘go local’.
- Be aware and agile: You should collect requisite information and preferably a map of the location you’re headed to. Don’t just simply agree to what a probable guide might say. They have a tendency to cunningly beguile you off the facts and gauging the naivety of the tourist, charge heavily.
The more you travel, the more you learn. There is always a new story and a new lesson attached to your travel diaries, that teaches you to be little more alert and informative about the place and travel in general. If there is any such key take away that your story has taught you, please write into the comment box below.