Traveling is pretty much the biggest adventure that anyone can choose to go on. Packing a bag and roaming the many countries and cities that our world has to offer is a privilege, and if you are going to be in on that privilege, then it stands to reason that you should learn as much as possible about how to keep your travels cheap. Most people love the idea of a vacation of luxury. One where you don’t pinch the pennies and count every cent – wouldn’t we all?! However, life isn’t always like that, and if you want to budget for your adventure and keep yourself afloat while you see the world, then you need to get conservative with your cash. We’re going to take a look at six ways that you can cut down your costs and save a little dough while you travel, so that you can keep chasing that horizon.
(1) Cut Down Your Food Costs. Depending on where you go, you can get some excellent street food cooked in front of you for less than ten dollars. Food is a way to enjoy new places, and the more that you spend on your food on vacation, the less money you have to spend on experiences elsewhere. Live like a local with local meats and produce cooked up as you go, and buy fresh ingredients for sandwiches – the ultimate comfort food! I’m really picky with food because well as you all know there are a lot of things I can’t eat. I literally survive on one meal a day when I travel due to my dietary restrictions, but I pack a lot of protein bars and protein powders for shakes so I can stay on the go.
(2) Cut Back On Accommodation Costs. One of the best ways to save money is to avoid the expensive hotels and opt instead for smaller, boutique places, like Comfort Inn Portland Airport by The Maine Mall. If you’re hopping state to state, then you need to find places that will resonate with your budget, and the Comfort Inn? As comfortable as they come! I took advantage of small boutique Inns when I was in Paris and this past summer we stayed a smaller boutique hotel in Manhattan and it was amazing. I always recommend planning ahead.
(3) Cut Back On Shopping Costs. Souvenirs are lovely, but do you really need something for everyone in your life from every state you visit? Probably not. Cut back and only buy what you need! I always end up buying all these silly souvenirs that I later throw out because they either break or come apart when we move.
(4) Maximize Your Credit Card. Saving money while spending it sounds impossible, but if you use your credit card to do it, you can save. Optimizing your exchange rate if you go abroad is imperative to saving money.
Cut Back On Transportation. Planes are efficient, fast and safe, but cross-country trains are safe, too. And, the train is much cheaper than you think it is! Shop around for cheap train tickets and discount codes, and you can see so much more of the scenery than you think because you’re using the ground that’s covered by rail.
Use Free WiFi. You need to stay connected to GPS, email and friends whilst you travel, and there are plenty of places that you can connect for free. You don’t have to spend the earth using cell phone data this way, and you can save yourself some money at the same time.
If you want to go the extra mile, don’t just save money while you travel: earn it. Get a job while you’re out there, so that you don’t have to think about it at all!
Have an amazing week, and let me know if you guys are loving these travel themed posts.