Traveling cheaper is possible, and I will explain how! Just a few tips to reduce your total travel expenses… From booking the plane ticket to the hotel to all the payments on site, you will be able to significantly reduce your budget and travel for good cheaper thanks to all these tips.
Being Flexible, The Base To Make Savings In Travel
If I had only one advice to give to travel cheaper, I would say that we must focus on flexibility! If you are open-minded and do not have significant constraints, you will be able to go much cheaper than if you are “frozen” in a specific pattern, where improvisation has no place. This flexibility can apply in many areas, and impact more or less sincerely your trip. You can indeed be flexible to a relatively basic level (such as the time of your journey or the standing of the restaurants you prefer), or more complex (such as the season of your trip or even the destination)!
Choose Less Expensive Destinations
Some destinations are much cheaper than the others because the cost of living differs extremely low… So you have to think of favoring them if you have a small budget and want to travel longer and more often. In many countries, it is indeed possible to live comfortably for less than 20 € per day. And these countries are now well known by travelers who travel the world, and who have no big budget. Whether it’s accommodation, food, local transport or activities, here is the list of the ten cheapest countries in the world to travel:
INDIA – LAOS – NEPAL – PHILIPPINES – NICARAGUA – VIETNAM – CAMBODIA – MONGOLIA – MYANMAR – INDONESIA
Other destinations, even if they are not in the Top 10 least expensive countries in the world, are also very interesting for travelers who want to travel for cheap, this is the case of Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Poland, Sri Lanka or Thailand.
And if you hesitate at your next destination? You can choose it according to your budget! Yes, we are mainly used to find the best rates for a specific destination. But you can just as well run upside down and tell you that you’re going to travel where it’s cheapest! It’s another way to think about your vacation, but it’s just as exciting. This is especially relevant at the budget level.
Traveling Off-Season To Make Savings
If you do not have significant constraints on your travel dates, I strongly advise you to travel “out of season.” It is indeed exciting to travel cheaper! And not only…
Privileging the quieter seasons and avoiding the “tourist peaks” will be very interesting for your wallet. Since demand will be lower during off-peak periods, prices will fall automatically, and you will be able to enjoy it. You will also have many more choices, as competition will be lower. This is valid for air tickets, accommodation, or activities… Of course, I know that it is not always easy to travel out of season or outside school holidays, but sometimes it is enough to a few days apart to make the difference in price. So think about it!
Also, know that traveling off-season has many other advantages… Apart from the fact that it will help you travel less expensive, it will also allow you to spend less stressful holidays and enjoy. You will be able to experience the destination more authentically and enjoy the different points of interest, away from the oppressive crowds.
Pay Less For Cheap Airfare!
By reducing the cost of your plane tickets, you will be able to travel less expensive. And to do this, you must try to be flexible on your dates of travel, schedules, the company or on stopovers… You will have a much wider choice, and therefore much more likely to dig up excellent prices!
I know it’s not always easy to leave in the middle of the week or to have a very early start, but that’s the kind of situation that will tend to lower the rates… not hesitate to get out of his comfort zone, and bet on plane tickets that will not suit other travelers, more demanding. To give you a very concrete example, I got a plane ticket to Thailand at a ridiculous price because the return journey took place on December 25… And who wants to spend Christmas on a plane? Nobody… The flight was, therefore, half empty and tickets sold at a bargain price.
Don’t hesitate to choose a low-cost airline, or to make one or two stops. Make sure you do not spend your time on the plane… So you can choose a low-cost airline and leave your requirements for a few hours. I’m not against a service more “light” (less space on the plane, less good food), from the moment I find myself at a price! I would have plenty of time to enjoy my trip once there, the plane only allowing me to start from point A and get to point B.
Traveling Cheaper By Choosing Cheap Accommodation
You can travel cheaper by saving on the price of your accommodation. For that, it will take a little out of your comfort zone and bet on inexpensive accommodations, which do not necessarily have all the comfort of a standard hotel room. But when we often travel around the world, a little “roots,” we do not necessarily need that we carry our bags, or have a bed squared … From the moment it is pretty clean, quiet and cheap, it’s not bad!
H5: Negotiate directly on site: To find cheap accommodation, the ideal is not to book in advance and negotiate directly on site. It may seem a little scary at first, but in all the countries I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of small “guesthouses” that offer rooms to travelers at ridiculous rates (a few euros per night). And some of these establishments are not even on the Internet! Just go to a neighborhood where we know that we will find cheap housing and compare before making his choice. Do not hesitate to do several establishments, compare prices, negotiate and ask to see the rooms to judge for yourself the cleanliness of the place. I assure you that adopting this method you will find cheap accommodation in less than an hour!
H5: Book online: If however you still want to book the first night to have time to rest and have a foothold after a long flight, I advise you to look on Booking.com or Agoda.com (which works well in Asia). The offer is so vast and varied on these sites that you will necessarily find accommodation at a fair price!
H5: Thinking “Between Individuals”: Rentals between homes also works very well! For my part, I often stay with locals using Airbnb, and I think it’s one of the best ways to travel cheaper. On the one hand, because you can find rooms or whole houses at desirable rates, on the other hand, because you will be able to use the kitchen most of the time and thus save money on your meal budget by cooking by yourself, rather than always going to the restaurant.
Save Once On Place …
Once on site, you will also have to pay attention to your daily expenses, whether for food, transport, or activities… Because it is over time and with consistency that real savings are made and you will be able to travel cheaper than most travelers!
For transport: I strongly advise you to use local public transport (like bus or train) which will be very economical. It can be tiring to take several hours of bus, that’s true… But you will be more in contact with locals and can travel much cheaper than if you take many small planes.
For the food: do not hesitate to eat in the small local boats-Louis. We usually eat very well, surrounded by locals, and for a pittance… I often hear from some holidaymakers who are not used to traveling (or who are afraid of just about everything), that the risks of getting sick are high in these places. However, if you take a closer look, you will see that it is often the little Louis-Louis street that are the busiest, with local and fresh products! The same can not be said for Western food (especially in Southeast Asia).
For activities: again, do not hesitate to book directly on site and compare prices! From one agency to another, the prices displayed can go from single to double, and you can always negotiate rates by talking directly with locals. You can, of course, find out about platforms like TripAdvisor to know the opinions of other travelers, but that does not mean to dictate all your choices. You have to follow your instinct (and your budget) sometimes…
Communicating cheaper from abroad
Keeping in touch with loved ones is essential when traveling for a long time abroad. It may also be necessary to make phone calls within the country where you are (call a hotel or an Airbnb host or a bus company)… All these communications have a cost, but you can reduce very quickly using the right tools.
Applications available in Wifi: you can first exclusively use a Wifi connection, and communicate through free applications like WhatsApp, Skype, or WeChat. They are very convenient and allow us to spend a lot of communications without any expense. The only problem is that it is necessary to have a Wifi connection (which is not found everywhere at any time) and your interlocutor must also have the same application.
The local SIM card: in case you have no Wifi available, it is necessary to have a functional SIM card in the country where you find. And the easiest way to do that is to buy a prepaid local SIM card. You will be able to use your credit to make calls or send text messages, without much ruin… But you will have to buy a new SIM card in each country you go through, and you can never keep the same number. This is the most advantageous solution currently in terms of rates, but it is not always convenient.
The international SIM card: a third solution, which few people know but which is nevertheless super-interesting, is the purchase of an international SIM card. With this type of card, you remain reachable regardless of the country you cross, with the same phone number. This is hugely reassuring for your loved ones and allows you to make calls when you arrive in a country, without having to wait to buy a local SIM card.
Mobile Applications To Manage Expenses
Many mobile apps can help you manage your travel budget efficiently… If you track your expenses, you’ll be more likely to adjust your spending and understand where you can improve to travel less. Expensive.
Budget Malin: this mobile application allows you to track your daily expenses and realize, daily, your cash outflows. Easy to use and very intuitive, you have to “tidy up” your costs according to their nature: accommodation, food, activities, transport … You can create your own and understand how your expenses are organized.
Currency: the essential application for converting local currency into Euros and so you quickly get an idea of the price of a product or service. Money follows the exchange rates of over a hundred coins, and updates daily! This is essential because you will be less likely to get “scammed” on the price of a hotel, a meal, or an object if you know exactly what it is.
Tricount: a super useful app when traveling with two or more! It allows you to see in a glance the expenses of each person. By knowing the summary of each person’s payments, you will know who has to spend more money to participate equally to other travelers.