How much you do think it would cost you to go and see the world? If you said a lot, then you’re absolutely right. The price of travelling the world is extreme, especially if you want to go to some of the more exotic places in the world. However, there are ways of getting the cost down believe it or not. By travelling the world, we don’t mean that you have to take a trip of a lifetime, and go on a big travelling adventure. You can spread your travelling goals out over a long period of time. Whether you do it in the course of your lifetime, or the course of six months, you’re still seeing the world as you have never seen it before. However, if you tot the price up of you travelling ventures over the course of a few years, you’ll definitely find that you’re going to be spending a fortune! So, enough about the expensive side of things, we’re here to fix that. You should never let money hinder your plans, you should definitely follow the advice we have below for you, and see if it can help reduce your travelling costs.
Go Reallllly Basic
Sometimes you just have to go completely back to basics to try and save some money. But make no mistake, just because we’re suggesting this, it doesn’t mean it is going to impact the quality of the holiday that you have. So, what we’re talking about here is camping, and there’s plenty of reasons why you should be going. For one, it’s the perfect way to get back to nature, feel relaxed, and enjoy the scenery around you. Two, it’s nice and cheap… really cheap! All you need to buy is a camping tent, and any other essentials that you might think you’ll need for camping, and to just enjoy the holiday in general. Don’t think that because you’re camping, you’re going to have a bit of a rough and tough experience. Yes, camping doesn’t come with as many luxuries as you might want it to come with, but it does come with a lot of fun. You have a much more personal experience, and it’s so much easier to make friends. A lot of the campsites have lovely showers and washing facilities that will leave you feeling nice and clean, and ready to explore the day. Some camping sites are close to main attractions, but you’ll generally find that they’re a bit out of the way. The whole point of camping is afterall, to get out of the way of everything. So, we would recommend renting a car. It’s really not that expensive to do, especially if you’re only going to stay in your destination a week or two. The cost of camping and hiring a care will definitely not even come close to the cost of booking a hotel.
Go Somewhat Basic
So, from the very basics, to the somewhat basic. If you’re looking to save money, you’ll notice that there’s a bit of a theme here. So, if camping is mega basic, what could be next in line? Well, we’re talking about backpacking. People who go backpacking, tend to go for a long period of time, such as a month or more. But that doesn’t define backpacking, that’s just people's choice. You could go and visit a big country, let’s say the USA for example, and spend two weeks backpacking there. All you would need to do is spend two days in one part, get a bus to the next. Book last minute hostels as you go, and you’ll find that you’re spending hardly anything compared to what you would have if you had booked a package holiday. Plus, you have the freedom of being able to go absolutely anywhere you want to go. There are a few things you need to watch out for with backpacking however. The first is that it can sometimes just not be safe, especially for a female backpacker travelling on their own. Males are not as much at risk, but it still isn’t the safest. First of all, you have the worry of leaving your belongings in a hostel full of people that you might be sharing a room with. Not everybody is as kind hearted as you might be, and a bag unattended is an opportunity to most people. But then again, you can get the hostels that are really safe. Some of them have lockers for you to put all of your personal belongings in, which is going to save you from lugging your bag around all day with you! Usually you would go backpacking with another person, but there’s nothing wrong with going on your own if you’re looking for a solo adventure. Just make sure you’re extra careful, and that someone from home know where you are all the time, just in case something does go wrong and you lose contact.
Pick The Right Time Of Year
This is the part that so many people get wrong. Picking the wrong time of year is a rookie mistake. After booking a few holidays, you should know what time of year is going to give you the cheapest prices, and what time of year is going to break your bank account. First of all, anything during school term times should just be classed as a no go. The longest they’re away for is during the summer, and the weather in all countries just before, and just after their holiday time is still so so hot. So if you were wanting that intense heat, don’t sacrifice hundreds of pounds just to go at the hottest time of year. If you do a bit of Googling, you can find the temperatures on average of most countries each month. If you look, we guarantee that the different between July and August and September is so minimal. However, if you’re looking to travel with your children, and don’t want to risk taking them out of school, then you have no choice but to wait until the school holidays. All we can recommend there is shopping around the different travel sites to get a better deal, but you will always find yourself spending more. You also want to keep the weather in mind for the countries that experience severe rain and storms. For example, if you head to Thailand during August, you’ll be met with rainfall daily, and perhaps even the odd tropical storm. Go in April, and you’ll experience some of the most glorious sunshine and the hottest weather!
Go Last Minute
You should definitely try and go last minute. This is one of the last tricks we have up our sleeve for actually reducing the price of purchasing your little holiday. If you go last minute, you’ll find that tour operators are lowering the price in a desperate attempt to sell the last few places on the holiday. They would rather have somebody go and pay a reduced price, than nobody go at all! So this is your last ditch attempt to save some money. You should probably have the destination in mind before thinking of doing this, or maybe even a few just in case your ideal destination doesn’t have anything last minute. You should also know the week that you want to go, just so you can have everything booked off work. You should be prepared in terms of your packing and purchasing holiday clothes, and getting your holiday money. Then, two or three days before, check for holidays! It is super last minute, so it is risky, but this is the best time for you to book it, the prices won’t be cheaper than two or three days before you’re actually meant to go. Plus, you don’t have the same sort of anticipation and wait for the holiday, as you don’t actually have anything booked! All that happens within the last few days, so the excitement is more intense!
One of the last pieces of the puzzle. When you’re actually on holiday, it’s so easy to lose concept of what’s cheap and what’s not. You sort of just spend what you want, without thinking about the cost consequence, unless of course it’s something mega expensive. So, we urge you to be frugal if you want to keep travelling. Set yourself a budget each day, and make sure you stick to it. Try and curb the random purchases, and if it’s going out drinking that seems to be draining all of your money, then make sure you pre drink a hell of a lot!
Finally, we thought we would list some super cheap destinations for you to visit. If you’re looking for a cheap, yet culture, city break, then Prague or Budapest should be on your hit list. If you’re looking for something a bit more tropical, then we think you’ll find Thailand extremely cheap, especially if you can find a good deal on the flights.
So, hopefully you’ll have gained a few different ways that you can make your travelling experience better!