If you are planning that next big getaway but want to save money as much as possible wherever you can, you may be wondering what the best course of action may be. Do you save like crazy, foregoing all your usual fun times out with friends in exchange for adopting the hermit lifestyle, or do you save what you can while still enjoying yourself? There are a number of ways to save money before a big trip, and not all of them involve adopting the hermit life.
Travel For Cheaper – Flights
Flights are the most expensive thing when you travel, but did you know you can get cheaper flights in a number of ways? Employing the use of websites like Skyscanner or Kayak can help you find the cheapest options. Consider flying from a different airport near your hometown as well if your hometown airport is lesser frequented by airlines. This can drive the price up, but by travelling to the next biggest city near you with better connections you can often find cheaper flights. Consider also getting a credit or bank card such as the Chase Freedom card. This card will give you cash back on purchases and has a number of other great benefits and rewards on offer as well, so it can help you actually get cash back on your flights, driving the price down further.
It seems everywhere you go these days, someone has done it better than you. Hitchhiking used to be deemed incredibly taboo, but nowadays it seems every traveller and their dog is doing it. Check out websites like Hitch-Wiki, literally a Wikipedia “how to” on hitchhiking in various countries. This is the cheapest way to travel, but can be a bit daunting in the beginning. If you aren’t comfortable with hitchhiking, consider going by bus overland to your next destination if possible, or by posting in rideshare groups on social media or other websites like CouchSurfing. Many people are often willing to give lifts to other travellers if you’re going in the same direction.
Cheap Out, Go Free
We already mentioned CouchSurfing, where you can find hosts in your destination town or country willing to lend their couches, floors, extra beds or even garden (if you’re bringing a tent!) to travellers. It’s not just a great way to travel cheaply, but also a fantastic way to meet locals, other travellers and to make some new friends. If you don’t like the idea of staying with a stranger, consider changing your usual hotel bookings into hostel bookings. Many hostels offer private rooms for less than hotel rooms. Alternatively, if you’re travelling with a group, consider renting out an entire Air Bnb, which often between several people is far cheaper than hostel beds per night per person, along with your own space. Don’t forget those Chase Freedom rewards either – you can often exchange points for hotel stays for free.
So there you have a couple of amazing ways to get the most out of your money while travelling. Remember to check into more than just one avenue to save yourself the cash. It all adds up! Enjoy!