Traveling is easily one of the biggest joys of life. As you explore different locations, cultures, flora, and fauna, you get a sense of excitement and even learn new things in your journeys. However, these pleasures come at a cost, or rather “costs”. There are expenses for travel, accommodation, food, and more.
If you want to make traveling more affordable, then you can follow the tips below:
- Use Travel Cards
If you travel frequently, then you should look for some of the best travel credit cards in the market. They offer tons of benefits for the travelers which include discounts on flight or train tickets, free meals at select restaurants, travel insurance, etc. Most of them also offer loyalty programs under which you can earn reward points for your travels which you can redeem later for cash and discounts.
- Find Cheap Accommodation
Apart from travel expenses, accommodation is also something that can hurt your travel budget to a huge extent. However, if you are willing to give up the coziness of top hotels, then you can find many cheaper options.
The simplest solution to finding an affordable place to stay is a hostel or dorm. It’s the perfect option if you are a budget traveler and traveling alone. Granted, you will have to share your space with many other travelers but the prices can also be quite attractive. Plus, there is a slew of pocket-friendly yet comfortable hostels across the entire nation.
Some alternative options for budget accommodation include staying with the locals, volunteering at a farm for accommodation, and camping.
- Freelance While You Can
You can make money even when traveling by taking up different kinds of gigs online. Whether you have the talent for website development or app development, blogging or graphics design, you can find different kinds of projects on websites like Upwork and Freelancer. All you have to do is carry your laptop with you and work whenever you get time- at a railway station waiting for your train, or at the hotel/hostel.
Freelancing is a great way of using your free time. In fact, there are many travelers in the world who fully fund their trips with freelance gigs alone!
- Play Online Casino Games
Did you know that you can play mobile games and win real money? With mobile casino games, you can!
The online casino industry is new in India compared to other countries. However, the people here are already loving games like slots, bingo, roulette, etc. as they are easy to play and allow them to win real money. You even get all kinds of attractive casino bonuses for simply signing up on these platforms.
- Cook Your Own Food
When you are traveling in a foreign country, then you might be tempted to check out the local cuisine, and that’s actually fine for a few times. However, you should try to cook your own food most of the time. This is because dining at the restaurants can be quite expensive.
What you can do is purchase raw vegetables and other ingredients from the nearest market and prepare the food at your hostel’s kitchen. If you are really in a pinch, then you can budget food like 2-minute noodles, frozen food, etc.
- Use Coupons
You will be surprised by the kind of money you can save by using coupons for your purchases. For instance, you can book train tickets through third-party apps, order food online, send and receive payments via platforms that have cashback offers, etc. Even if the money saved with these is small individually, the total amount saved will be a lot and help in managing your other unavoidable expenses.
The tips above show that you don’t have to splurge money unnecessarily and disbalance your budget. While there are certain things for which you must spend money like travel insurance when traveling abroad, there are also many expenses that can be easily avoided or reduced like fancy meals at restaurants or high-end accommodation. So, use the information above wisely and you are sure to reap the benefits.