Scrolling through Instagram feeds of people, seeing their Facebook check-ins on your feed makes you wonder how amazing their life is, you start contemplating how much money they make or which company do they work for or probably what did they do right that you didn’t . Why is it that you are sitting at your home calculating how much you’ve left in your bank account on a weekend and some guy is constantly posting pictures from the hills with a wanderlust hashtag? Who are these rich brats? How do they save up for a trip like this almost every few months? We know these questions hit you hard in the head, we know how you exactly feel!
Let us tell you that not all people spend lavishly on a trip, people who travel on a regular basis without any sponsorship- hikers, trekkers, adventure sports enthusiasts, campers, travel bloggers etc. all of them use a few hacks here and there to save up money for essential needs rather than spending it on luxury! All the amazing things you see on their feeds is what they exactly want to showcase and thus, even they need to travel on a budget so that they can manage to keep their Instagram feeds alive!
So today we are going to talk about 10 hacks that could save you a lot of money on a travel expedition of yours! Follow these hacks to save more while you are on a trip next time.
If you are planning to travel to a destination and do not have ample money, the first and foremost thing is to look for an off-season. Prices are usually low on everything in this season, be it accommodation, travel, food, local conveyance, tourist spots or other activities, Off-season is best for you if you do not want an overwhelming crowd and are traveling on a budget.
Look for shared spaces, hostels, PGs(Paying guest option) around you when you reach, these places won’t charge you a fortune and are very much comfortable for long stays, these places also serve free breakfasts which saves you the trouble and money of buying it.
STOCK UP PACKAGED FOOD
Make sure you carry some packaged snacks and juices from your home when you start off, protein bars and chocolates are good choices for your hunger pangs, you can also carry some chips, ready to eat noodles, soups, and some more dry snacks. On your way you might buy or get a few packaged snacks with your meal, while you are on a train or a flight journey, you can stock that up for later. This hack will save you a lot of loose cash for fares!
Try and look for places which are less traveled or less ventured. Places which are isolated could turn out to be an adventure you would tell stories about. An off-beat adventure will save you the ticket money charged to tourists for commercial visits. These places might have really cheap accommodation, new people to talk to, quirky guides and who knows you might bump into a villager who can get you some authentic food for free!
While on a trip, watch out for free fun activities organized by different travel groups. This is mostly found during festive season or days like Christmas, new year etc. These activities might include yoga sessions, trekking, marathons, hiking, among others. Who knows you might get to make some new friends!
When travelling to cities, watch out for food fests and food testing events. These events are free of cost and invite people over various platforms on the Internet. you can treat yourself to some pizza, pasta or maybe if you land up at a barbeque fest, nothing like it …right?
Less baggage means less load on your back and that means you can take those trekking and hiking trips more freely. Incase you have a lot of baggage, you’ll have to pay baggage charges plus it will occupy more space in your hostel, or shared space and you will always carry the risk and obligation along with the luggage anywhere you go.
Do you know VISA in some countries can be equal to a fortnight’s salary for some people! Yes. It’s true! Make a list of places which will not require you to have a VISA for a visit. Also, there are a few Asian countries like Thailand that might offer you free VISA on arrival on Chinese New Year! These kind of offers last for a limited time, maybe a few months so always watch out any such offers.
FREQUENT FLYER POINTS
You might have heard of Travel credit cards, if not then google it! Or you can just click here and find out about them. These cards offer you frequent flyer points known as miles. When you make payments for flight tickets. You can collect these frequent flyer points and use them on your next trip to fly for a much lower cost as these points are equivalent to money, somewhat like a cashback on flight bookings.
When you surf the internet for hotel bookings, fights or tourist tickets etc. Comparing portals and hotel websites can track your search through cookies and may show you prices accordingly, so the hack is that if you open an incognito browser and surf for your bookings then you can stay clear of cookies and find the best competitive prices!
So, that was it! If you know any other hacks that you’ve put to use, then tell us about your experiences because you know how much we love hearing from you. You can also suggest us what else do you want us to write about, we’d love to do a blog post on that and guess what! we will also give you a shout out! So, keep travelling and keep hustling for that extra mile!
Till then…Happy buying!