Do you know how to cut your travelling expenses? Here are five tips!
Travelling is always fun, be it with your loved ones or alone. Paying for travelling though is not that fun and the cost is usually the main thing holding us back from roaming the world.
However, there are several things you can do so that travelling won’t hurt your wallet too much and so in this article, we are going to tell you 5 smart ways of cutting your travelling expenses.
Get the best airfares
The classical advice while booking airline tickets is to book 2-3 months in advance so that you get lower rates. What’s less known is that there are several other things you can do to get cheaper fares.
Firstly, there is no need to buy a return ticket on the same airline you first travelled in. Other airlines might be offering cheaper rates. You should always do some comparison while buying tickets, sites like Google Flights can help you by showing the best combinations of airlines while travelling and get you the lowest return fares.
Some other sites offer you deals aggregated from different travel websites and airlines like discounts, credit card offers and paybacks.
There is also a counter intuitive way of getting the best fares. Many airlines often offer very low rates at the last moments of booking as they are desperate to fill empty seats on the plane. There are even some apps which help you get these last-minute cheap bookings.
Setting up price alerts on travel aggregator sites or the news letters of the airlines will let you know if a significant price drop in fares has happened. If so, then you can cancel the previous flight and book a new one, given that your cancellation is free of charge.
Get a travel credit card
If you are a frequent traveller, then getting a travel credit card is one of the smartest things you can do. These can get you free rooms, free money and free flights as rewards you can redeem for using them on normal day-to-day purchases. Most cards offer a huge sign-up bonus too.
Stay in budget accommodation
Places like hostels and service apartments offer much cheaper accommodation than most hotels.
Service apartments are apartments which have been converted to be used by lone travellers or entire families.
They provide all the amenities that a hotel can provide along with extra facilities such as kitchens.
Hostels are also cheap alternatives to hotels. Depending on the hostel, you can find amenities like lounges, kitchens, safes, luggage rooms, free Wi-Fi, rooms to play indoor games in and they give might give you discounts, tips on travelling and deals on tours.
If you have a futuristic mind-set and want to save money too, there is also a new facility of pods for hire where you can rent a “Pod” , a small space with a bed, Air-conditioning and other amenities which is significantly cheaper than a hotel.
Sign up on travel newsletters
Although you probably don’t want to clutter up your mailbox, signing up on travel newsletters will keep you updated with the latest deals. Often overlooked, travel newsletters and discount aggregator sites can get you some great deals and discounts on flights, rooms, activities, eating out and even rail and taxi bookings.
Travel during the off season
This might not suit everyone as not everyone has vacations during the off season but travelling during the off season will save you a lot of money both in travel fares and accommodation. Pair this with travelling to budget destinations or do some backpacking and you will save a respectable amount.
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