We all love to travel but are often unable to fulfill this desire because of a money crunch. A huge chunk of your monthly income goes into paying rent, insurance, and bills, leaving you with the bare minimum just to keep your body and soul together.
You may be wondering how people travel so much. Where do they get the money to fly to so many countries and relish every possible experience? Well, they save their money to spend on such adventures.
You can, however, go on a vacation even if you have a tight budget. Here are a few tips you can follow.
Borrow instead of buying
You may not always have the necessary gears to go on certain vacations. Instead of buying them for a whopping sum, you should consider borrowing or hiring them. For example, you want to go on a camping trip but don’t have a tent. If you wish to save money on it, why not ask a friend or get it from a provider on rent? Doing so will leave you with money for other adventures.
Budget travelers often have to forgo the luxury and comfort of air-conditioned cars or airplanes. You might have to hop on to a local bus or stop somebody for a lift. It can be a rough experience but trust us, it’s one of the best you can get. Not only do you save money on travel, you also get a chance to explore new places.
Select the best (and affordable) time
Some places show their charm only during certain months. But that doesn’t mean there’s no point visiting that place during the off-season. Peak seasons prove expensive in most cases because prices of services hike owing to the huge demand. The period between the peak and off-peak season, known as the “shoulder season,” is a good time visit a destination because prices tend to be lower.
Go for a vacation rental
If you are not a luxury traveler, hotels and resorts aren’t always an affordable option for you. You can instead go for a vacation rental at the destination. In places like this, you can even cook something for yourself if you don’t want to dine out. Not only will this save you money but also give some rest to your stomach, if you have been dining out too much during your stay.
Look for attractive packages
The online space is flooded with travel portals that assist travelers in booking tickets and accommodation. These portals sometimes offer attractive packages and discounts to first-time travelers. You can opt for these offers if you want to save money and enjoy a hassle-free vacation. Some of them also offer free tours after reaching a particular booking milestone.
Find a job
This may sound like a far-fetched idea, but you can work and earn money while traveling. You can volunteer at a local art center, teach English to the local people, or travel as a freelance writer or videographer. There are many online publications that pay people to travel and cover different places. You can also get lucky if you happen to find a job that pays you to travel.