Want to have a full and happy life spent in many parts of the world? Who wouldn’t, right? Most of you would say: “If only I had the time” or “If only I have the budget for it”. Well, you know what? With all the cheap fares, budget hostels, and travel rewards, feeding your wanderlust shouldn’t really be a problem.
Traveling on a budget doesn’t have to mean you have to play homeless or nomad while going on a scavenger hunt for festivals with free food. Just keep in mind that instead of luxury vacations and extravagant trips abroad, your goal must be to explore more places, experience new things, and making the best memories--and those shouldn’t be as expensive or worrisome as you might think.
So since it was just National Aviation Day last August 19, what better way to commemorate the occasion than giving you cool and inexpensive hacks so you could travel with ease:
Nothing Beats First-Hand Travel Stories
Everybody knows that research is essential when you’re about to go to some place you’ve never been to before. But apart from the ever-reliable World Wide Web, there’s actually a better way for you to get some good intel: crowdsourcing. One of the best (and cheapest) ways is to get first-hand advice from family and friends that have already been to your planned destination. Nothing beats learning from the travel experiences of the people you trust.
When picking the time to feed your wanderlust, choose the dates when the place you’re going to is not populated by tourists. Off-season is always the best time to go. Not only are the plane tickets cheaper, but also almost everything is actually priced lower-- the accommodations, food options, the tickets to tourist spots, and more.
Go for Adventures You Need Not Pay For
It sure is nice to go to luxury beach resorts, theme parks, museums, and common tourist destinations. However, in order to visit all those popular must-see attractions, you’d have to be financially prepared. If in case you’ll get short on the budget side, that doesn’t mean you should skimp on the fun. Make new memories without burning a hole in your pocket by choosing activities that you don’t need to pay for--go on a hiking trip, visit a nearby beach, go cliff diving, explore local markets, bike around the city or get friendly with the locals.
Save Luggage Space for the More Important Things
This traveling or backpacking hack is applicable regardless of where you’re heading off to. While we understand that you want your travel OOTDs to be on point, that doesn’t mean you have to max out your luggage space on wardrobe, shoes, and accessories alone. Save some space for items that you might need for traveling comfort, for emergencies, for health purposes, and the like. Remember that while your goal is to enjoy in a place where you’ve never been to, you must not neglect your health, privacy, and security.
Choose Accommodation a Few Blocks Away From Tourist Hot Spots
When searching for the best budget-friendly traveling hacks, you often see people suggesting that you stay in cheap hostels, bed and breakfasts, or inns. While those are still good ways to cut down on your accommodation budget, there is another thing you can do if you don’t want to sacrifice your comfort (or taste) after a tiring day of wandering and adventures. Choose hotels that are not really in the center of popular tourist destinations.
Enjoy Local Street Food
One of the best ways to get to know a different culture is to immerse yourself in their food. And, the cheapest way you can do that is aside from asking locals what to eat, is to try all the street food you can find. More often, street food is actually the best and most authentic cuisine you can find on travels. If you’re a bit skeptical on sanitation, then you could just pick out food stalls that are popular--those that have lines. That way, you’ll know that the food they’re selling is not sitting out for too long.
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