Whether you are a seasoned traveller or a newbie wanderlust, the cost of travel can make you cringe. Don’t fall into the trap of unnecessary spending – follow these budget travel tips to save the pennies for when they really matter on holiday.
Budget Travel Tips
Don’t tread the beaten track
We know, we know – you want to visit the Louvre in Paris, see Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam, and maybe even get some sunshine on the Amalfi Coast. But visiting the tourist-heavy European hotspots comes at a price, especially during peak summer-time season. Instead, consider the locations less frequented by the average traveller, like Budapest, Krakow or Warsaw. These stunning cities are brimming with cultured experiences, for a fraction of the price.
Be your own tour guide
Exploring a new country on your own can be daunting, but it’s also the best way to see the area as a local does. Forgo the cost of an expensive organised tour and instead do your research beforehand. Where do you want to go? How do you think you’ll get there? Plan carefully online and then just go – chances are you’ll stumble across a hidden gem a tour guide just won’t show you anyways.
Embrace the hostel
Before you conjure up images of crowded dorm-style rooms and grubby one-star accommodation, budget-friendly hostels have come a long way over the years. Now many offer private rooms, and en-suite bathrooms for travellers, as well as inclusive meal deals as an added booking incentive, at a fraction of the price of a hotel. Plus, there is a usually bustling social side! Book directly with hostels for the best rates, or try your hand at turning up on the doorstep in the quiet season – it’s risky, but sometimes offers the best deal.
If its grown, produced or supplied locally, chances are it won’t hurt the purse strings quite as much as imported goods. But don’t expect traditional ‘junk’ food to be readily available under this umbrella – most local foods are fresh produce, breads, cheeses, and, as luck would have it, alcohol! Unsure about where to find them? Start by seeking out a nearby market, and then venture to convenience stores. If in doubt, ask the shopkeeper. Find out what the area is known for producing and give it a try – you may just find something you love.
Actually have a budget
Budget travel, on a budget… it seems obvious, but all too often organised travellers forget their carefully mapped out budget when faced with the thrills of a new country to explore. Give yourself a set daily budget and stick to it – you won’t spend cash unnecessarily and chances are you may end up with a surplus at the end too.
Prepare for the unexpected
Travelling to new countries can leave you vulnerable in the face of an emergency – especially financially. Foreign hospital visits are extremely expensive if you come down with an unexpected illness, and without preparation, a theft can leave you penniless. Taking out a simple travel insurance policy can save you a huge amount of stress, hassle, and most importantly, funds, if an accident does occur overseas. Find out more about our travel insurance policies or call 08000 66 55 44 for a quote.