Going on a trip to your dream destination is always an exciting prospect. However, when you start to think about all your possible expenses, you will want to forget your travel dream for awhile. Then again, you can always save up and work on a budget that suits you. If you’re bent on going to that dream destination of yours, here are some useful tips to help you start out.
1. SAVE FOR YOUR AIRLINE TICKETS FIRST
The first thing that you need to do is save for your airline ticket/s. Check out your options online and choose the one that suits your planned budget. Once you have a goal or an amount in mind, start saving. Planning your ticket purchase in advance will help you save a lot, especially when airline companies start giving out discounts and great deals. Grab every opportunity you can get to save.
2. CHOOSE AN ALTERNATE DREAM DESTINATION
If your ultimate dream destination is way out of your budget, you can always choose another destination for now. You can save a lot if, for example, you choose to go to Hawaii first before going to your ultimate travel destination that is London. Airfare to and from Hawaii can be quite affordable at $400 to $700.
3. CHOOSE AN AFFORDABLE HOTEL OR INN
In European countries, hostels, inns, and boarding houses are very common. In the United States, there are only a few of these accommodations. To save up on hotel expenses, stay away from high-end resorts or any accommodation. Look for vouchers or discount coupons/cards. If you know a family or someone in Hawaii or wherever you are going, politely ask if you can stay with them for a few days – for a small fee, of course!
4. CHOOSE WHAT AND WHERE YOU EAT
One of the biggest expenses of traveling is food. Since you live away from home, the tendency is for you to dine in restaurants. Even if you can find cheap restaurants, you cannot eat there for the duration of your stay because you’ll be racking up expenses. The best thing to do is eat in a diner or a small restaurant once or twice. For the rest of your stay, buy some groceries and cook your meal (if the place you are staying in has a mini-kitchen). As much as possible, stay away from fast food.
5. SAVE UP ON GAS
If you are planning to rent a car, fill it up with the gas the first time you use it. Be sure to ask the rental company what kind of gas they use! Also, be sure to fill up your tank so you won’t have to keep refilling it. Every time you refill, you spend. If the rental company accepts coupons, pay for the car rent with the coupons you saved.
6. GO FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
If you still think you’ll be spending more than you can afford if you rent a car, why not go around the city or town on public transportation? You can ride the subway or railway. In Europe and other countries in Asia, you can get a subway/railway pass that’s good for three days, or a week, or even a month. If you can get hold of something like this, that will already be very big savings for you.
7. TAKE CARE OF THE FOREIGN CURRENCY IN YOUR HANDS AND WALLET
If you are traveling to a foreign country, you will need to use their currency (of course!). Be careful of how you handle your money, especially when you are traveling alone. Do not have them exchanged in open areas or places. As much as possible, have them exchanged at the airport, in the subway/railway station; not in sleazy-looking places. You can also have your money exchanged through banks. Also, when you withdraw from the ATM, your money will already be in doYou need to hang on to every dollar you have because you are on a tight budget.
8. DON’T BE AFRAID TO WALK
Instead of taking the taxi, walk! Exploring a city or town by walking is the best way to build travel memories. You’ll be able to catch more of the fleeting moments than when you ride in a taxi. Walk around and observe the surroundings, as well as the people you encounter.