Many women dream of travelling the world, but for one reason or another, be it perceived cost or fear of the unknown they don’t.
In this short guide, we’ll run through the best budget travel tips to help you realize your dream of travelling the world!
Go off Peak
When you set off travelling, be sure to do it during the low-peak season and try avoid travelling during summer and holiday times at all costs. There a ton of airlines in Europe, all competing with each other, and this happens to drive down the price, and in some cases, internal flights are cheaper than going by rail.
Travel in Numbers
If you’re travelling by car, try do to so with a group, carpooling means that you can split the fuel bill between four or five of you and will save everyone money. And if there’s a group of you, you’re likely to get better deals when going on tours and stopping at hostels.
Negotiate, Barter, don’t be afraid to haggle
When booking flights or hostels, try to negotiate a deal, the worst that can happen is they say no and the best that can happen is you get a cheaper deal! Though one thing to remember when booking flights or rooms is to avoid travel agents and tourist office room-finding services as they often charge a fee and provide you with the most expensive accommodation or airlines.
Instead search the internet for deals and be sure to follow holiday rental firm Owners Direct for great offers. Doing so can save you a small fortune.
Save on the luxuries
If you’re lucky enough to be staying somewhere hot, and the hostel has the option of rooms without hot water, choose that one. It will be a lot cheaper and a cold shower or two won’t hurt, it will even cool you down after a day in the sun.
When arriving at a hostel, ask if there’s any toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other toiletries you may need rather than buying your own as this will definitely save you cash.
Food takes up a large part of any budget, whether you’re at home or on holiday, and travelling is no different. You don’t need to go hungry to minimise costs but instead, avoid restaurants in tourist spots and eat where the locals do.
Before you head out for the day, take advantage of any complimentary breakfast that wherever you’re staying may offer, and take a bottle of water with you as buying water and pop as you go can add to up to quite a cost.
At the end of the day, bakeries tend their goods at half-price in order to keep things fresh, so consider this and make a little picnic, you’ll have fun and save yourself cash.
And if you do treat yourself to a meal out, eat with the season, if a waiter announces something if fresh, go for that dish, you’re sure to get more taste for less money by ordering what’s in season.
Don’t make yourself a target
Scrap traveller’s checks and use ATMs. Although they often charge transaction fees, they do offer the best possible rates, so make few and large withdrawals to keep costs down.
That said, don’t carry too much cash at once and be vigilant with your money, wear a money belt so it’s always in front of you. This will deter pickpockets from going into your bag in search of a purse.
Get yourself a GuideBook
Finally, use a guidebook, someone will more than likely gift you one before you leave but if not, you should definitely invest the twenty or so pounds – remember you can buy them online and save carrying the book
That twenty or so pound will get you £3,000 experiences, and will start paying for itself as soon as you embark on your first journey and see all of the amazing sights.