10 Ways to Stay Within your Budget on Your Next Trip
Staying on a budget while visiting a new country can be quite a difficult thing to do. It is not rare that we want to buy more things than we planned or want to try more things that simply don’t align with our budget.
If you find it kind of difficult to keep yourself from spending more money than you’d like, here are a few simple tips that will help you stay within your budget.
1. Set a Travel Budget
Before you start booking your vacation, you should always have in mind how much money you are intending to spend. If you don’t set a budget early on, the biggest problem that can arise is that you can easily be fooled by cheap looking hotels, flights and places that just have great reviews and seem like a steal.
By getting overly excited about these things you find online, you are more likely to spend a lot more than you intended. If you know how much you can spend, you are more likely to search for better and cheaper places rather than the first nice looking one you see. This will help you save a lot and also have more money left over for the actual trip.
2. Set a Daily Budget
After setting your travel budget, it is important that you decide on how much money you are going to be spending on a daily basis. In this category, you will have to take into consideration how much money you will be spending on eating, moving around and going to various tourist attractions.
If you set a daily budget, you will be able to make better decisions about how much you will spend on eating and other activities and it’s just the best way for you to spend exactly what you were hoping to spend at the beginning of your trip.
3. Keep a Track of Everything You Buy
No matter if you buy new clothes, souvenirs, or eat at an expensive restaurant, you should definitely write it all down. This is the best and probably the only way for you to make sure that you are staying within your travel and your daily budget.
If you are not so good at carrying around a pen and paper with you at all times, you can always use your phone’s calculator and notes in order to track everything down and you can also take pictures of the receipts in order to write everything down later when you’re back in your hotel.
4. Buy Things From a Supermarket
There is no better way for you to save money and stay within your budget on a trip than buying some groceries and drinks from a supermarket. Most big cities, especially in Europe, tend to sell everything at crazy prices. You will probably come to find that this especially applies to water as well as food.
You can save a lot by getting water from the supermarket as well as finding sandwiches and other ready-made meals from a nearby supermarket. That way, you can have something to eat with you while you explore the city and not spend a fortune on basic things.
5. List all the Places You Want to Visit
Another great way for you to save some money is to know where you want to go and what you want to see in the country you’re visiting. While you can find amazing new places and plan some unexpected visits, it is always good to list a few places you really want to see so you can already know the prices for visiting them.
You might have to choose between some places if they end up being too expensive for you to visit during your stay. As Amanda Sparks, the author of TopDownWriter blog and enthusiastic traveler suggests: “You should always decide on whether you would prefer to see more educational places, like big museums and galleries or whether you’d like to experience more the culture of the country and to learn more about its history by visiting open landmarks around the city.”
In either case, you can always find places to visit that won’t cost you a fortune and you can choose between visiting only some very important places that you definitely shouldn’t miss.
6. Take Advantage of Discounts
This is something that only applies to some people, but there are many cases in which you can use discounts to your advantage. For example, in almost every country around the world, students can benefit from lower transportation fees and cheaper tickets at museums and similar places. There are also a few places that offer students discounts for their meals.
Whether you are traveling by yourself, with a friend or with your family, be sure to check if you can find any discounts for any of the people that are traveling with you so you can save money as a total and stay within your budget.
7. Travel During the Country’s Off-Season
A smart way to stay within your budget is to travel to a country of your preference during its off-season. If you have a flexible schedule and you have some days off during the year, this could definitely be a great choice for you.
Not only will you benefit from cheaper prices to pretty much everything, but you will also be able to experience a less crowded city and an overall less stressful experience. For most places in the world, the summer months are the ones that tend to attract the most tourists. This happens because most people are on summer vacations and they tend to have more time and money on their hands. The good weather just makes everything easier too.
On the other hand, during the colder months of the year, not only will you be able to visit landmarks without sweating everywhere from heat, but you will also be able to see the country you are visiting from a completely different perspective.
8. Plan a Shorter Trip
If you are trying to stay within a budget, it could be best for you to plan a shorter trip rather than a large one. By staying only for a few days in a place, you will be able to spend less on accommodation and living expenses, but at the same time, you will still see all the places you want to visit.
Going on plenty of shorter trips will not only help you save some money, but you will also be able to explore more than one places and see a lot of things in a short period of time. You do not have to go too far; even a city or a state near yours can be a great weekend getaway.
9. Be Your Own Guide
There is no reason for you to spend money on getting a guide or participating in a guided tour. As long as you have an internet connection, you can easily be your own guide and save a lot of money as in most countries, guided tours are quite expensive.
“There are many articles online that offer plenty of information on historic sites,” shares Selina Pollard, a co-founder of Brainished blog. “Even if you’re someone who prefers to watch a video rather than read an article, there are many videos on YouTube that can pretty much offer you a very detailed tour of a place for no cost at all,” she adds.
You can always watch the videos in your hotel room and be prepared before you even visit the place. You will see that you will be a lot more excited to see a landmark in person and already know some things about its amazing history.
10. Rent a Vehicle
One of the things that can cost a lot of money during a trip is transportation. While you’re visiting a new country, you are very likely to take cabs to move around and see new places. While this is very convenient, it can also be very costly.
What you can do instead, is rent a vehicle and use it to move around the city or country during your trip. Not only will you be able to see more things, but you will also not have to pay any money for transportation. The best vehicle to rent during your vacation is definitely a motorcycle as it is cheaper than a car and easier to ride it to many places that cars might not be able to reach.
Staying Within Our Budget Can be Easy
Even if you’ve never managed to stay within your budget on your trips so far, these tips are bound to help you set some priorities and understand how you can easily set some rules when it comes to planning your travels.
As long as you stick to your budget plans and you make sure that you visit all the places you really want to, you will be fine. You’ll come to find that it can be quite fun trying to find the cheaper options and compare prices to your advantage.
Author’s bio: Natalie Andersen is the chief content writer at GetGoodGrade.com and enthusiastic blogger. She believes that everyone’s life has to be the result of the choices they make, but a helping hand is always welcomed. You can connect with Natalie on Twitter or on Facebook.