By now, you’ve probably heard of a wide selection of cost cutting solutions to help ease spending on holidays, but if there was one thing that frequent travellers would tell you, it’s that you can never learn too many ways to maximise your budget. Common strategies obviously include flying on a no-frills airline and couchsurfing, though if you’re in need of other cost efficient tips, here are a few more to add to your list:
Consider house sitting
Ditch the tiny hostels and overpriced hotels by becoming a house sitter. Next to your flight, accommodations are going to be your biggest expense of your travels, and David Clack of TimeOut claims that it’s entirely possible to trek across the globe without spending a penny for lodging. TrustedHousesitters.com is among the highly recommended house sitting websites, and depending on the owners, they may require daily chores and general upkeep. The maintenance will all be worth it, especially when you end up staying in a mansion.
Get paid to travel
For some people, extended periods of travel aren’t suitable for their budget. Thankfully, many companies offer jobs abroad so that you can earn some cash while exploring new territories. Your choices for work can range from grape picking to English teaching, earning anywhere between extra pocket money and a decent annual salary with benefits such as medical and housing. For more information on the subject, listen to Skyscanner’s podcast “11 Ways to Work Abroad.”
Check out your options for airport parking
Driving to the airport is probably the most convenient way to reach the airport without spending a fortune on cab fare, and despite the risk of dealing with traffic, you’ve eliminated the hassle of lugging your bags to and from the bus or underground transit. Passengers have plenty of options for on- and off-site parking, from valet to short stay, but if you are travelling for more than a couple of days, Parking4Less suggest that you opt for long stay parking in places such as London Gatwick as it will save you more money in the long run. Some airports, on the other hand, have no distinctions between long and short stay parking.