Cheap Travel Hacks For An Effective Shoestring Budget Travel

November 07, 2014
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Traveling offers a brand new ‘high’ to frequent travelers that many of them end up going places every single time. However, for some traveling can only just be a dream, especially for those who do not have the extra budget to spare. Before, I have this notion that traveling is a privilege exclusively reserved for the affluent, but not anymore!

Here are a few of the cheap travel hacks you can put to use for an effective budget travel:

Book a cheap flight

One of the leading hindrances to effective budget travel is no less than your budget. That is why our number one advice is that you book the cheapest flight possible. Airfare tickets can take a big chunk off of your travel budget. Book your trip one week ahead of schedule, this gives you more time to plan and pack, as well as you’ll end up with the cheapest rates if you book your flight early. Make sure you subscribe to the official website of your preferred airline to get up-to-date information on flight promos and deals. If you are lucky, you can get 70% off of your round-trip airfare!

Stack up on miles

Stacking up on airline mileage equates to free money for your next travel destination. Subscribe to frequent-flyer programs and make it a habit to log miles from your previous travels. Another good way to accumulate miles is by obtaining a travel credit card that earns points for each and every dollar you spend using your card. You will find a variety of traveler’s credit cards in the market today that earns you points for each use. Give your local bank a call to know more about a similar offer. A lot of these cards will give you added perks, such as the waiver of transaction fees abroad, free baggage allowances, and even complimentary luggage check-ins.

You will find a great deal of information on the web about travel credit cards. Go to Google and search for these offers and begin stacking up on miles for free flights.

Research and carefully plan your trip

Almost all information you need about a particular destination are available at your disposal in the World Wide Web these days. Make it a habit to check on and read travel blogs, reviews, and any related resources you can have about a specific location for your next travel. It is important that you have all the information that you will need to help save you huge amounts of time and money. Pack your bags well, include your quintessentials like maps, suitable clothing, travel size bottles, travel itineraries, etc. Planning your travel will save you from all the headaches. This will prepare you with whatever that might happen as you travel to your next destination.

Opt for a cheap accommodation

Another chunk of your budget when you travel goes to your accommodation. Imagine how many days you will be out traveling, you do not want to spend a fortune on a luxurious accommodation that you will only stay at for just a couple of days or less. Be a practical traveler. Go online, and you will find websites such as AirBnB, Agoda, or more that will help you find a cheap hotel or lodging in the area. If you are lucky, you can opt for free lodging via the online community called Couchsurfing. Get in touch with the locals and sleep on their couch at absolutely no cost to you!

Use public transportation as much as possible

Taking public transportation as much as possible will bring your travel expenses to as low as 40%. Try taking subways and buses. They are all available in major cities around the globe and you will save more in steep cab fares by doing so. In major cities around the world, cabs are even more expensive, and the price can easily rake up mercilessly. Save more money on transportation so you can use it as you visit more attractions as you cross off even more exciting things to do off your bucket list.

Be a bit adventurous and try street foods

Street foods are a great way to have a ‘feel’ of the country, its culture, and be able to taste their distinct flavors. One of the enriching travel experiences I have is mostly associated with food that brought me to a whole new level of gastronomic delight. Street foods and small local food stands fill you up cheaply, and you will be surprised at how delicious their meals can be!

One can truly immerse himself into the culture of the place by trying its native cuisines. Know the place and what they love to it. It may sound a cliché, but as they say –‘when in Rome, do as the Romans.’

Talk with the locals

You can get the most out of your budget travel if you talk with the locals. Tourists are charged above the ceiling rates because they are new to the place. Talk with a local and know your way around the city, this way you will not be duped or scammed by anyone who is looking to get a few dollars off of an unsuspecting tourist like yourself. You will be surprised at how much information you’ll get when you talk straight to the locals. They will be more than happy to help you with any questions that you might have regarding the place, their culture, and sights you should visit. Plus, you will get to see more sights and attractions you won’t read off of blogs, review sites, or elsewhere. It’s the real deal right here. You will get the lowdown straight from the horse’s mouth.

It is our fervent hope that you get to your destination in the most efficient and safest manner possible; and that all these tips will be able to help you achieve your dream travel on a budget today!


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