We look at easy ways to save $$$ while planning and taking that big trip
Get technology on your side
Technology is scarily good at knowing what you’re looking at online. When you’re searching for flights or accommodation, bear in mind that websites can track what prices you’ve been quoted in the past, so make sure you’re being stealthy with your browsing. Always make sure you clear your browser cookies, or use a private window like Chrome’s Incognito. Prices can also vary depending on where you’re booking from. Using a virtual private network (VPN) like the Hola extension in Chrome can trick the internet into thinking you’re booking from another place.
Stay in fewer places for longer
If you try to take a trip that ticks off lots of destinations you’ll quickly find your travel budget getting eaten up. Taking lots of journeys over a short time span is not only exhausting, it’s expensive. So, think about taking the slower option. Not only will you get a better feel for the country or city that you’re in, but you’ll also spend less on accommodation. Accommodation sharing sites often give discounts for longer-term rentals, plus you’ll only have to pay the cleaning fee once.
Focus on lunch
If you do decide to eat out in more expensive restaurants, go for lunch instead of dinner. In most places a lunch deal is a lot cheaper than the full price charged at dinner. This is because the portions can be a bit smaller and people tend not to stay as long at lunch.
Enjoy culture for free
Many big cities are full of museums, including numerous collections of art and history that are free to the public. Others charge a small fee for entrance into their museums, but even those places frequently offer discounts and even free days. There are also free walking tours (for a tip) of many major cities that you can join. They’re a great way to get your bearings in a city, as well as meet fellow travellers.