6 easy ways you can try to save money on your next trip.
In the midst of hustle and bustle, traveling is like a much-needed aspirin to ease the daily headache and burnout. Yet, sometimes we also suffer from post-vacation crisis, where you look at your bank account and realize you have spent a lot more than you had planned.
To avoid this crisis, always aim to save money even when you’re traveling. How do you do that, though? Here are six simple ways you can try on your next trip.
1. Stay in an apartment
Hotel prices can soar up high sometimes – in peak seasons and when there is a special event in town. While apartments are very likely to experience a surge as well, it is still cheaper than a hotel, especially if you need two bedrooms or more. And unless you’re going to spend most of your time in your room, you don’t need to choose the best, five-star room.
2. Prepare your own meal
Another benefit of staying in an apartment is that it comes with a kitchen set. This allows you to save money on food by preparing your own meal at least once a day – be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s your choice. Plus, you can make yourself a cup of coffee or tea whenever you feel like it.
3. Choose the best location for you
Many people prefer staying a little bit farther from the touristic area because hotels and apartments are usually cheaper there. But well-located accommodations can be more convenient and help you save time and energy. If you’re traveling with children or seniors, we recommend you stay in the latter option. Children could fret with too much walking and commuting, while seniors might get tired more easily.
Calculate the costs of each option and take into account who will be coming with you on the trip, so you can decide which one is the best for you.
4. Bring water bottle and snacks
Buying a bottle of water every time you go out will add up very quickly. Bring your own tumbler and use the money to buy unique local food instead. Small snacks like granola bars can also help fill your tummy when you haven’t found any good place to eat – and help light up the kids’ mood.
5. Eat at Non-Touristic Areas
Places like amusement parks, aquariums, zoos, theaters are great for visiting but terrible for eating. They often overcharge simple food like hotdogs and chips. You can get decent food with the same price by walking a few blocks away and having a meal at a local restaurant or street food vendor.
6. Do free activities
City parks, libraries, lakes – they are very relaxing and usually free of charge. Spend an hour or two to recharge yourself there while researching if there is any local event happening nearby which you can visit later. Some cities also offer free walking tour. Join them to get to know the city on a different level and meet new people.
With a little research and time to plan, your trip can be more economical without compromising the aspect of fun. Remember to follow our budget traveling tips and check out this guidance to travel insurance to ensure you have a good time on your vacation. So, what’s your next destination?