Many people want to explore the world, but their lack of a sufficient budget limits them to local tours. However, experts have noted that the lack of enough money is not the biggest impediment when it comes to traveling the world. Rather, understanding how to manage the little one gets is what is at the core of handling all processes that lead to a successful trip.
One of the experts who have been sharing a lot on this area is D. Scott Carruthers, who has worked as a professional photographer and travel expert. He has visited many places across the world and during all the trips he made, he documented the things he did for purposes of experimentation. From his effort, he came up with ideas to help you save whenever you are traveling the world and here are 7 that you might find useful.
#1 Come up with a budget and stick to it
As pointed out earlier, the biggest problem lies in management, not in the sufficiency itself. Many people lose focus at the planning stage where they are required to come up with a complete plan of how to spend their money and the places to visit. However, once on the field, it becomes a challenging affair to make a perfect decision highlighting what ought to prevail on a certain day. Coming up with a budget and maintaining discipline in following it might come as a solution to help you stop spending on things you had not planned for, which is one of the ways many travelers lose money.
Getting things done in the right manner takes a great deal of discipline, so you might want to also conduct comprehensive research to know where to get affordable rates for various items including accommodation. Don’t be carried away by the craze to act moneyed while in a foreign country as this is a trap that many tourists find it difficult to deal with. If possible, have all the things you would like to do put down and make sure the list is set as a reminder so you won’t have to lose focus along the way.
#2 Eat in areas away from tourist destinations
Food is something you cannot run away from no matter how serious you are about saving. But when it comes to choosing where and what to eat you have options to help you save money. While traveling the world, one way to ensure you spend less is choosing places to eat that are not parts of tourist destinations. You could even decide to join locals in their local eateries, and this is a perfect way to interact with them and learn about their culinary art as well as culture. It not only saves you money, but you get to appreciate the sense of culinary mastery expressed through their dishes.
In places where tourists are known to eat, meals cost more as the businesses founded around the area are focused to targeting the flow of money brought in by tourists, and the assumption that those who can afford a tourist status have money also inspires the joints to inflate prices of most of their foods, so to get a perfect deal that is ideal for the kind of budget you have it is advisable to steer clear of such places and give preference to local eateries.
#3 Travel off season
The peak season is a period when tourists are expected to flock a destination, and this is also when the prices of about everything are expected to sour. Tourists have to pay more when the season peaks, and this could be because of a phenomenon that occurs at that time so many tourists find it interesting to visit the spot during the time of the year.
Therefore, if your inspiration is not based on the need to have hundreds around you while you travel, you might enjoy visiting great places yet spend a little less than someone who does during peak season. Timing is a vital matter when it comes to tourism and travel, even paying for transport to various destinations changes according to times and events, so when planning you have to factor this in your arrangements.
#4 Live outside the city
Even for locals, rates around the city are expected to be expensive, so while traveling and you decide to pick a destination you are better choosing a place within the outskirts of the city. There are many factors that affect the rates including the suitability of the venue for businesses and offices, so even getting an apartment at a place that is near the city could turn out expensive. Saving while traveling is about identifying those things that come with alternatives that are cheaper, and one of them is accommodation as in this category you have a number of options to choose from that are not necessarily bad.
You might even learn that an apartment with similar amenities like another within the city costs less due to its location. To find the best accommodation deals, you need to conduct research in time and make bookings early as such deals are not easy to come by.
#5 Shop at local stores
Main stores are among the most expensive places to get your items while traveling. Getting accurate information about local stores where you can get your items is one of the ways to ensure you don’t spend more than enough to get the items you need. Instead of buying from major stores within the city that sell at inflated prices, spot the cheapest options. In most cases the high prices offered at high end stores are not as a result of good quality, but because of the fact that those expected to buy from those places are people who most of the time confuse overpricing for quality. You could get the same product at a local shop at an amazing price.
#6 Search for free activities
After doing a little research, you will notice there are lots of activities offered for free that you could join. To get this information, search through a community calendar to view what is happening in town while you will be there. You need to pursue a self-guided walking tour that would help you familiarize with the destination. Notice that most tours are done with the assistance of a tour guide, who will charge you an amount for the help. Also go to museums when they have a ‘pay what you can’ offer to save some coins.
#7 Use points
Some chain stores, including Marriott and Hilton, offer a reward system that awards you points when you stay in their hotels. If you have been a regular customer, you should be having some points that you can redeem for better rates. It is recommended to use those hotels when you travel to also build up your points and enjoy the discounts offered to regular customers. Building your points will help you enjoy cheaper travel overall as you will not need to dig deeper to get things done especially when it comes to getting accommodation. Don’t rush to booking other places until you weigh the options available to know which best suits your needs.
D. Scott Carruthers is a travel expert, having traveled since he was young with his father. More of his writings can be found at dscottcarrutherstravel.com