How to travel on a budget

When push comes to shove, we all need a break once in awhile. Most of us are consumed by our repetitive schedule consisting of work, work, and you guessed it, more work. Our dreams of traveling are stronger than ever, fueled by more and more tourist attractions becoming available to us each year.

Destinations like Europe are more beautiful than ever, no matter the time of year. Tickets are cheap during off season (October – April), and sights like Paris and London are one of a kind, year round. When you do finally get your dream destination, avoid making common tourist mistakes that will end up costing you a fortune. Things like car rentals and touristy restaurants will strip you of any real/authentic local culture.

Instead consider taking public transit, or simply walking to really get a feel for the local culture you traveled so far to experience. Local restaurants with small menus written in local language will usually give you the most value for your money. Beware of high end hotels when it comes time to hit they hay, consider staying in a local hostel (hopefully not like the movie) as they are usually $10-50 per night instead of the average $100+.

If you’re itching to see local attractions, a guide book can usually be found locally for half the price you would find one in your home country. Aside from attractions, shop-a-hollics need their daily dose of bargains and sales. The best place to start is usually a local flea market where prices are soft, and often negotiable. These flea markets are great and cost effective when it comes to bringing home souvenirs and cool trinkets to share with your friends and co-workers. By taking some of these cost effective ways of traveling into consideration, you are almost guaranteed to save on most major expenses attached to traveling.

So that warm distant beach you’ve been dreaming of is really only three months of savings away rather than six. Always remember that the more planning you do before you leave will help in making the actual trip that much better. When you have more money to do things, you end up expanding on the experiences you have during your holiday.