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We all like to travel, but we don’t all have the money to do it. There are a lot of ways to save money during holidays but you just have to be a little creative and flexible about it. There are 3 major things on which you spend most of your budget: Accommodation, food and transportation.
With a bit of research you can find alternative ways to do it. You can find cheaper food, cheaper or free accommodation and you can find cheaper plane tickets or alternatives.
Eat like a local
Not only is tasting new cuisines part of the joy of travelling but you’re likely to eat far better as well as saving money, when you eat like a local. From $1 bowls of noodles in Vietnam to backstreet French bistros, produce is usually locally sourced and tastier, rather than imported. If they’ve had to ship a tin of baked beans 4000 miles, it’s not going to come cheap! Another top tip is stocking up from the hotel buffet breakfast and shopping in local supermarkets for lunch
Save on accommodation
If you want to go on holiday but are sick of the usual hotel chains and expensive, soulless rooms then why not consider a home swap? It will cost you virtually nothing, as the name ‘swap’ suggests, and you get to visit a new country whilst enjoying all the comforts of home.
Home exchange is an excelent place where you can find people to swap you home with.
Try a private room instead of a hotel
Over the last few years there’s been an explosion in websites that allow locals to rent out their sofas, spare rooms, whole apartments and even gardens! Sites like AirBnB have transformed accomodation options, and for travellers, the experience can be far more rewarding than a stay in a chain hotel, as well as being cheaper. Where else could you stay in central London for £10 a night?
Do as the locals do, and catch public transportation everywhere you go.
“Buses, minivans, crappy trains, 17 people in a tuk-tuk … whatever it takes to get around. Not only is it a great way to save money, but it’s the best way to see a country and get up close and personal with its people. Remember: No epic cultural interactions ever happened getting chaperoned in a private taxi.”
Enough being said. What is your next holiday destination?