People say that travel broadens the mind and our horizons in general and until recently I was slightly sceptical about that, as I wasn’t keen on stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things. I decided to force myself to try something new and travelled somewhere in the country I never would have previously considered a few years ago, and ended up having the time of my life in the process. I’m still not a seasoned traveller but a number of my friends are and have backpacked through Asia, Europe, and many other parts of the world in the process. Travelling is not always the cheapest pastime, and if you’re looking at travelling and seeing the world, here are 5 tips to help save money whilst travelling.
Stay In Hostels
Hostels have a bit of a bad reputation, and of course they’re never going to be on the level of 4 or 5 star accommodation but if you find a half decent hostel, it will provide a comfortable bed, food, a bathroom, and a roof over your head. Staying in a hostel can actually be enjoyable and can help you make new friends and meet new people. A great place to find hostels and see reviews of other people that have visited them is on HostelWorld.
Visit Tourist Information Points
Whenever you find yourself travelling a new country, the first port of call you should make is the tourist information point or visitor centre. The reason being you will be able to find cost-free events being run by the tourist board, discounts, and free maps etc.
Providing you have a map, and/or the GPS in your phone, rather than taking a taxi or public transport to locations a short distance away, try to simply walk more places instead. A great app you can use for this is the Google Maps app. It will find your location, then you simply type in where you want to go and it will direct you and even tell you how long it will take. Walking is of course free, it’s a great way of seeing the sights and having a little quiet time, and above all else, it’s a great form of physical exercise in the process, so you can burn calories and get a bit fitter.
Discounts & Vouchers
As technology has advanced so much over the years, it’s easier than ever to find some great bargains and save a great deal of money in the process by using digital discount and voucher codes. Most businesses today usually have some form of a discount available for people to use, you just need to know where to find them! Websites like MyVoucherCodes have been setup to make the finding part easy. You can see a whole bunch of travel discounts available over here.
Don’t Exchange Currency Before You Go
Although it might seem more convenient to exchange currency before you go, more times than not you’ll get a better exchange rate in the country you’re travelling to. You will ways want some cash before you, just in case of an emergency such as needing a taxi, but the majority of your spends should be exchanged where you’ll be visiting. If you’re worried about changing money abroad you shouldn’t be, just in case here are some great tips to put your mind at ease. Another thing to consider is some countries allow to you pay for things in different currencies. Always pay in the countries default currency as that will be the cheapest option for you.
Contributed by: Jamie Knop
Image Credit: Vanessa Chettleburgh