Has the world’s busy demands been keeping you on your toes lately? Isn’t it time to reward yourself with a stress-free and fun vacation? Well, we are here to help you have an unforgettable and budget-friendly experience on your next holiday and provide some cool tips to help you escape.
1. The Road Less Traveled
So you’ve chosen to go on a long-distance travel. That doesn’t mean that it needs to be expensive. Choose less popular or rarely visited countries as your next destination. Visit and stay in smaller cities. You might actually discover something new, and even better… experience something memorable.
2. Regional Airports
These airports may be a bit out of the way, but the minor set-back can save you a lot of money, and possibly give you a whole new travel experience.
3. Currency Rates
Another thing that people may forget to take into consideration is the difference in the currency exchange rate, and the extra fees that come along with it when converting currency. Using a debit card may be an ideal solution. However, make sure to check before leaving if the banks will charge for overseas cash withdrawals. You can also change your currency before you arrive at the airport to ensure that you will get the best rates for your exchange.
4. Airport Parking
Even before you get on your flight, you are faced with paying for airport parking fees. Simple fix: don’t drive yourself to the airport and instead ask a friend to drive you, or just simply take a cab or Uber. Upon arrival, it is recommended to rent a car from the airport so you won’t have to worry about transportation and parking when you return to the airport.
5. Be Smart With Your Luggage
Beat the baggage fees by weighing your luggage before you leave home. Leave unnecessary items at home to trim down luggage weight. You can also wear a luggage jacket combined with a decently-sized hand-carry bag. This would make sure that you’ve maximized the amount of things that you can carry, without the stress of extra check-in costs.
6. Eating During Your Flight
If your flight does not include snacks or a meal, simply pack some food to take with you so you can save up on buying in-flight food since they are pricey compared to what you would usually pay when grounded. Liquids will not pass through airport security and most of the time the airline will offer a beverage of some sort.
7. Travel Accessories
Planning ahead also means getting your travel supplies ready. if you’re going to fly, it’s much cheaper to purchase your travel accessories like eye masks, travel cushions and adapter plugs at local bargain shops in your area. Just make sure to take into consideration the standard of the country you’re traveling into when it comes to adapter plugs.
8. Do Stars Mean Anything
When booking your accommodation for an international holiday, keep in mind that the Star Rating System is not set to a worldwide standard. Therefore, it is best to do a bit of research through online mediums such as TripAdvisor or check out different blogs for reviews on accommodation.
9. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
The concierge is a great source for local knowledge and can usually tell you if there are current attractions or shows that you may be interested in experiencing. You may also feel brave enough to ask if you can have a free room upgrade.
10. Cellphone Bill Shock
There are different cellphone data roaming charges for every country. Some are more expensive than others. It’s a good rule of thumb to turn off your cellphone’s data roaming feature, and just simply use the available (free) Wi-Fi within the area.
11. Travel Apps
If you would prefer to know exactly where you need to go and how to get there, a bit of technology and the right App will save you time. You can also find Apps that will show you the scenic route instead of the quickest way. You can download currency converter Apps and even weather Apps. We have a list of cool things to own or download before you travel.
12. Host Your Space
First of all, if you travel for a long period of time, you might like to share your home or room to host travellers and make some extra money. It’s easy to host with peace of mind, because every booking is covered.
12. Alternative Accomodations
If staying at a hotel is not for you, and you don’t mind not having housekeeping and room service, then there are other alternatives that you may want to consider. You have inexpensive options like rent out an apartment, a room, or someone’s spare bed.
13. Point A to Point B
We highly recommend hiring a car to help you explore. However, in the built up city area, why not look at hiring a bike or taking a bus trip? Walking is also a really cool way to spot the little things in a city that you may otherwise miss in a car.