10 Tips for Traveling on a Budget in 2021

Traveling is only as much expensive as you want it to be. It is always a choice and most people don’t even think about taking the options they have.

Sometimes people don’t even have the proper knowledge as to how they can travel cheap.

10 Tips for Saving Money Traveling in 2021

For those of you who want to save money while traveling here is a carefully compiled guide on budget traveling, all the key budgeting in a nutshell.

1- Always Book Cheap Flights:

Budget traveling is made a lot easier if you decide to book cheap flight tickets with long layovers, no in-flight entertainment, no Wi-Fi and perhaps no in-flight meals.

This might help you in saving at least $50 per head, which, if traveling in a big group might add up to a huge amount of money.

2- Never Go For The Top Hotels:

If you are not a millionaire, then don’t even think of booking The Ritz or The Plaza.

All I want to say is that never go to expensive hotels. You are making a single trip for a few days.

You won’t be missing your home comforts so soon. Hence it is advisable to book rooms in cheaper hotels and save lots of money.

3- Use Public Transport:

It is a common thought that if you use your own ride or rent one for the duration of your trip, it would be a lot comfortable. Well, you are wrong.

If you use a private or personal vehicle, there are a number of things you have to take into account. For one, you have to know all the routes in and out of your trip area. Secondly, you have to keep worrying about fuel, safe parking, possible on-road issues like flat tires etc.

But most importantly a personal or private car will cost you a lot more as compared to a bus or some other public transport the city offers.

Hence it is recommended that you do all your on-trip traveling on public transport. Buses, for example, are the best to get around to anywhere in the area you are visiting.

4- Go for the Package Deals:

Airlines and hotels are always providing their customers with package travel deals that come in an “All in One” fashion mostly. Such deals generally cost quite less as compared to when you purchase the items separately. Sometimes airlines and hotels have direct connections.

For example, you book an airline ticket and the airline is offering a package deal which might look like a hotel room, guided tour, meals and ground transportation all included in the air fare.

5- Travel Insurance:

Another great way to slim down on traveling expenses is to have a look into travel insurance provided by the airlines. That is because you might already have personal insurance that might be covering the same or similar aspects of payout.

So why pay extra, non-refundable premiums when you are already insured. Keep in mind that you always have the right to opt out of travel insurance included in the air fare.

6- Travel Friendly Credit Cards:

Some credit card companies often run joint promotions with different airlines, tourist resorts, car rentals and branded shopping malls. This type of promotion usually gives huge discounts at different outlets of the registered brands.

Also payments at these outlets through credit cards end up in accumulation of a huge store of credit card points which can later be used for some free products or further discounts.

It is worth looking into if you have a credit card. You should check with your credit card company if any such promotions are in play during your travels.

7- Off-Season Traveling:

Resorts and other tour attractions are always way too expensive during the tour seasons. They charge almost 4 times the normal price for anything from a toothbrush to a hotel room.

Moreover the place would be too crowded and your tour will result in less fun and more worries hygienically and in terms of privacy.

Off-season traveling is a sure way to save lots of money as the place you want to visit will have less business and will be open to low priced deals. Also you might end up having the whole resort to yourself as no one else might be visiting that area at that specific time.

8- Get a Local SIM:

Roaming charges on mobile networks are too high and differ from network provider to network provider and from country to country.

It is always advisable to get a local network SIM for the duration of your travel. In this way you can save a multitude of international roaming charges and taxes you had to pay to your mobile network provider.

9- Stay a Few Blocks Away from the Main Attraction:

Prices are sky high inside the main attraction area of any tourist resort. You might end up paying $40 for a $4 item. But as you go farther away from the said attraction area, you will find that the prices start slimming down.

So it is advisable to book your room, arrange your meals and do your shopping while maintaining a distance of a few blocks from the main tourist area and hence save a lot of money.

10- Plan Out Your Shopping:

It is a fact that whenever we travel anywhere, we definitely go shopping so as to collect souvenirs to amass a few memories of the trip. Sometimes we have to purchase gifts for our relatives and loved ones to take back home.

All this shopping might put a real dent in your wallet. So how to do all that shopping and save a little money as we go?

It’s pretty simple in fact. All you have to do is to search the web for stores near you that offer discounts on gift items. Some countries even offer huge discounts on luxury items to foreigners.

There are some other countries as well that offer a refund on all the taxes you paid while shopping in their country.

All these things are worth a check if you are on a low budget and want to save a handsome amount of money.

Author: SHABL

Rob has been traveling the world and living abroad for over a decade. The goal was to stop having a boring life and it turned into something far greater. He's worked with national tourism boards and been mentioned in National Geographic. These days he lives abroad and loves business, technology, the tropical lifestyle, good food and travel.

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