There are people who have managed to travel the world completely free or at very low cost. It shows that you don’t have to have a lot of money to travel. All you need is to be creative. Here are 20 easy ways to combine your travel dollars.
1. Start saving
As part of saving for travel, make a plan. When you plan, in one column list all the things you would like. In another column list how you can reduce or eliminate these costs. Project how much money you need now and save it.
2. Sign up for the benefits of flying miles
Many companies now offer them as part of their product offerings. For example, banks will offer travel points on credit cards whenever you travel and use them.
3. Look for airline ticket deals
Popular airlines often have ticket offers and sales at certain times of the year. Plan your trips around these times so you can save on airfare. Also, plan flights for half the week when most business travelers or tourists don’t fly.
4. Search for destination packages
These are great ways to save money. You can get all-inclusive packages, especially in resorts, for less at certain times of the year.
5. Check with your employer
If you work for the government or for a large corporation, check with your employer to see which destinations around the world benefit employees when they travel. Use these benefits and save your money. Travel with your employer’s test to your destination. They can even be applied even if you are retired.
6. Check with your school
If you are a student, especially a college student, check with your school about the travel benefits they can have for students. You can also access international student programs that will save you money when you travel.
If you are in high school, have your parents or guardians look for places for possible school trips. There are usually discounted group packages that will save you money and are cheaper than if you did it on your own. Normally, a teacher or school employee will take advantage of the students on the trip.
7. Join a religious or charitable organization
There are some charities and religious organizations that have missions abroad. As a member of a mission, you will be able to travel for free. However, keep in mind that you are traveling to help others and not for your own satisfaction.
8. Make a travel budget
It is very tempting to get carried away while traveling. You will come across many things to spend money on. Make a travel budget and go for it.
9. Stay in cheaper accommodation
If you are not on a travel package that offers hotels at cheaper rates, consider accommodation that will cost you less but be safe. These include the offer of rooms and breakfasts in private homes, rooms on university campuses, convents, motels and cottages.
10. Try navigating the couch
You may have a friend or family member who lives in another country. If you don’t mind having them, consider staying with them instead of paying for accommodation. Another thing you can try is a home seat service. This is where you take care of someone’s property and their pets while they’re out. Finally, you can join couch surfing communities where you can connect and stay with the locals for free.
11. Walk a lot
Save money by using your feet and not spending them on taxis or Uber. You can also wear a pair of smart shoes during your trip. Not only can it guide you and give you directions, but it can also burn calories.
12. Rent or buy your own transportation
Instead of paying for taxi rides to places, consider renting or purchasing your own transportation. Two-wheeled vehicles, such as bicycles, scooters, or motorcycles, are usually best for rent or purchase because they cost less. You’ll get more mileage from these to go to many places at a lower cost.
13. Use electronic guides
There are now many types of guides that you can access to help you get around your vacation area. You can access many of these GPS applications from your mobile phone. This will help you save money on buses and tour guides.
14. Cook instead of buying meals
Don’t consider cooking on a trip a job. You can have fun trying new foods wherever you are. Buy fresh food at your local market and experiment with some new dishes. You can do an internet search to know how to cook them, and it doesn’t have to be elaborate. Not only will you save money, but you will learn how to learn about cooking in another culture.
15. Look for food deals
Food deals are not only available at international fast food restaurants. You can also find them in other places. For example, buffet-style restaurants, where the size of the dishes far exceeds what you pay. There are also restaurants of all kinds of food and other places that offer discounted meals on certain days. Some of them don’t mind you going out with a “puppy bag” either.
16. Drink boiled water
You don’t have to spend money on bottled water, which can build up. Use regular tap water and boil it. Cool it and drink this. It can even be used to make drinks instead of spending on these as well.
17. Entertainment offers
If you took a vacation package, you won’t have to spend more on entertainment. It will be provided free of charge in the evening. If you’re traveling alone, due to negative global events, avoid late-night entertainment and certain places. Consider a local movie or concert.
18. Use your debit or credit cards instead of cash
Make sure your card does not charge any foreign transaction fees. Then, if you have to pay something, use your debit or credit cards instead of cash. You may be able to save money on the currency exchange spread depending on where you are. In addition, your card may have benefits such as insurance to protect your purchases or points that you can earn later. Every little benefit helps.
19. Shop at discounted stores
You don’t have to buy things in expensive stores for visitors or tourists. Free airport shops and hotel shops charge the same items in a more special way than you can find at a local discount store. Look around, they shouldn’t be that hard to find.
20. Gifts for others
If you need to bring gifts for friends and family, go look for cheap items. Small souvenirs are great and you don’t have to buy them at expensive souvenir shops for tourists. If you explore, you can find gift ideas at local shops and craft markets.