There are people who have managed to travel the world for free or at a very low cost. This proves that you don't have to have a lot of money to travel. All you need is to be creative. Here are 20 easy ways to stretch your travel dollars.
1. Start saving
Make a plan as part of your travel savings. When planning, list in one column all the things you would like. In the second list of columns, how you can reduce or eliminate these costs. Design how much money you will need now and save on it.
2. Apply for flying miles benefits
Many companies now offer this as part of their product offering. For example, banks will offer waypoints on credit cards whenever you travel and use them.
3. Look out for airline tickets
Popular airlines often have offers to sell tickets and sell at certain times of the year. Schedule your travels around this time so you can save on airline tickets. Also, schedule your mid-week flights when most business travelers or tourists do not fly.
4. Scout for destination packages
These are great ways to save money. All inclusive packages, especially at resorts, can be obtained for less at certain times of the year.
5. Check with your employer
If you work for a government or large corporation, check with your employer to see which destinations around the world benefit employees when traveling. Take advantage of these benefits and save money. Travel with your employer’s proof to your destination. This can still apply even if you are a retiree.
6. Check at your school
If you are a student, especially a student, check with your school to see if there are travel benefits that they can have for students. You may also be able to access international student programs that will save you money when traveling.
If you are in high school, call your parents or guardians to find locations for possible school trips. Typically, there are discounted group packages that will save them money and are cheaper than if they did it themselves. Usually, a teacher or school employee will enlarge students on a trip.
7. Join a charity or religious organization
There are some charities and religious organizations that have overseas missions. As a member of the mission, you will travel for free. However, keep in mind that you are on these journeys to help others and not for your own self-gratification.
8. Make a travel budget
It is very tempting to take away while traveling. You will come across many things that you will spend money on. Make a travel budget and stick to it.
9. Stay for cheaper accommodation
If you are not on a holiday package that has offered you hotels at lower prices, consider accommodations that will cost you less, but they are still safe. They include the offer of bed and breakfasts in private homes, rooms on university campuses, monasteries, motels and cottages.
10. Try surfing the couch
You may have a friend or family member who lives in another country. If you don't mind having them, consider staying with them instead of paying for accommodation. Another thing you can try is the seating arrangement in the house. Here you occupy and monitor someone's property and their pets while they are away. Finally, you can join couch surfing communities where you can connect and stay with locals for free.
11. Walk a lot
Save money by using your feet without spending it on taxis or Uber. You can also wear a pair of smart shoes while traveling. Not only can it guide and instruct you, it can also burn calories.
12. Rent or buy your own transportation
Instead of paying a taxi ride to the place, consider renting or buying your own transportation. Two-wheeled vehicles, such as bicycles, scooters, or motorcycles, are usually best to rent or buy because they cost less. You will get more miles than that to go to many places at less cost.
13. Use electronic guides
There are now many types of guides you can access to help you with your local vacation. You can access many of these GPS apps on your mobile phone. This will help you save money on tour buses and tour guides.
14. Cook instead of buying meals
Don't consider cooking on a trip a trifle. You can have fun trying out some new foods where you are. Shop for fresh food at their local market and experiment with some new dishes. You can do an internet search to find out how to cook them, which need not be detailed. Not only will you save money, you will also learn about cuisine of another culture.
15. Look around for a meal offer
Meal offers are not only available at international fast food restaurants. You can find them elsewhere. For example, buffet restaurants where the size of the dishes far outweighs what you pay for. There are restaurants that can eat everyone and other places that offer discounted meals on certain days. Some of them do not mind leaving with a "dog bag".
16. Drink boiled water
You do not have to spend money on bottled water that can be collected. Use plain tap water and boil it. Cool it down and drink it. You can even use it to brew a drink instead of spending it on them.
17. Fun deals
If you've taken a vacation package, you don't have to spend more on the fun. This will be provided every night for free. If you are traveling solo due to negative events around the world, avoid having fun late at night and in certain places. Think about a local movie or concert.
18. Use your debit or credit cards instead of cash
Make sure there is no foreign transaction fee on your card. Then, if you have to pay something, use your debit or credit cards instead of cash. You may be able to save money on a currency difference depending on your country. In addition, your card may have benefits such as insurance that protects your purchases or points that you can redeem later. Every little benefit helps.
19. Shop at Discount Stores
You do not have to buy things in expensive stores for visitors or tourists. Airport duty-free shops and hotel shops charge more for the same items than you can find at a local store. Look for them, it shouldn't be that hard to find.
20. Gifts to others
If you need to take gifts for friends and family, look for cheap items. Small souvenir items are great and you don't have to buy them in expensive souvenir shops for tourists. If you do research, gift ideas can be found at local shops and craft markets.