When travelling, it’s understandable that budgeting may be difficult. It doesn’t have to be – there’s a few tried and tested tips and tricks to prevent you from being out of pocket before the end of your trip. Here are just some of them to bear in mind before flying out on your holidays.
Essential tricks for cutting costs on holiday
Haggle the prices
If you’re somewhat of a seasoned traveller, you’ll likely be aware of the necessity to haggle your way around certain places. In the markets of Southeast Asia is where haggling is most commonly seen – vendors will often make the most of you being a Western tourist, and therefore prices become extortionately high.
Haggling might seem like a daunting prospect for some, but it’s much easier than you may expect. Vendors often anticipate a bit of bartering, so as long as you approach them with kindness and calmness, you’ll soon be lowering the prices – sometimes by up to as much as 50% of the original asking price.
Eat street food
Ditch your misconceptions about street food and instead embrace it – stalls often serve up some of the most delectable dishes around. So long as you choose a freshly prepared meal, you’re in for a treat that won’t break the bank. Many street food dishes are sold at between $1-$4, so you won’t be skint after a meal.
Many countries embrace street food as the best cuisine on offer. Take Vietnam, for example, where pho is considered the national dish, and the best examples of it are served up from street stalls. It’s a no-brainer.
One of the most common mistakes travellers make is opting to take taxis over other forms of transport. Don’t fall victim to the different tricks drivers have in place to get more money from you. If the vehicle doesn’t have a meter, for example, don’t continue the journey – prices will be made up and excessively high.
Buses are usually a much cheaper and safer option when it comes to getting from A to B, but walking is definitely your best bet. Depending on how far your destination is, you’ll be saving money and keeping in shape at the same time. Again – it’s a no-brainer.
Consider your accommodation
If you’re travelling, you probably won’t be able to splash out on a luxurious hotel. Prices for four and five-star resorts are usually excessive, and if you’re wanting to cut costs and save money, you’re going to have to be realistic.
Hostels are a great, safe option for tourists on a budget. Beds go for sometimes less than $10 a night, meaning you’ll have money left over for other necessities – and you may just find some new travelling partners in your room. Don’t be antisocial and unwilling to talk to others, as they’re all in the same boat. This blog gives some tips for first-time hostel goers.
Fly at unsociable times
Flights can get ridiculously pricey when it comes to certain times of the year – and even certain times of the day. Flying at peak times will increase prices by hundreds in some cases, and so for the sake of saving money you’re going to want to sacrifice some sleep.
Have a shop around and choose the best deal so that you’re not splurging on a convenient daytime flight. You may have to slightly adjust your schedule, but give yourself enough room for adjustments – your wallet will thank you for it.