7 Tips For Travelling Abroad on a Budget

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Travelling abroad can become expensive quickly, especially if you are unfamiliar with exchange rates or your own spending habits. With a little creativity, you can travel worldwide on a shoestring budget. Follow these simple 7 tips to save money on your next trip abroad.

Put Together a Plan

Know where you are going and for how long so that you can find accommodations accordingly. Hitting Europe in the summer and Aruba in the winter might be ideal. However, you can save a lot of money by travelling just before or after peak seasons. The costs are lower and the weather is still good. It is also less crowded and more peaceful. However, if you plan to visit a tourist resort out of season, some bars, restaurants and attractions may close during these months.

Book in Advance or Leave to the Last Minute

Airlines and hotels typically give you a bigger discount if you book them several months before your trip. You can save a lot of money on airline tickets if you’re flexible with your travel dates. A day or two earlier or later can make a huge difference in the cost. Tuesdays – Thursdays are usually the cheapest days to travel by air. 

Consider alternate airports, too. Sometimes, flying into a different airport can save hundreds of pounds if you need to purchase several airline tickets. Larger cities sometimes have more than one airport.

Package holidays, like cruises and tours, tend to drop in price as departure dates get closer. Cruises and tours mostly have fixed costs, so they get all the money upfront. There’s little reason to send out a cruise ship with empty rooms. Leaving those rooms vacant gets the operator no money so they’d rather sell trips at a discount to bring in more income. 

Make a Budget

When you have a good idea of how much you can spend on your trip, it’s easier to avoid spending too much. Most cities have some sort of free entertainment just about every day of the week. Many museums offer free admission one day a week. Get online and see what’s happening where you’re staying. Understand how conversion rates work when travelling from place to place. If you have a smartphone, download an exchange rate app. 

Travel light

Airlines like to give the impression of lower fares, but by now you likely know the truth. They charge for everything else that used to be free. And bags cost a fortune. Some airlines charge for any checked luggage. Plus, overweight bags can cost you hundreds of extra pounds before you even board the plane for your trip!

Look for a Free Breakfast

Try to stay in places where breakfast is complimentary. It’s easy to spend a lot of money on food, especially if you have a large family. Find discount coupons and deals ahead of time. Decide where you’re going to eat before starting on your journey.

Grocery Shop

Staying in self-catering accommodation can save money over typical bed and board hotels. Groceries from the market will be much cheaper than food carts, vendors and restaurants.

Travelling smart and thinking about your budget and expenses from day to day will ensure that you have an enjoyable trip without breaking the bank! Use these tips and your ideas to save money while giving your family a vacation to remember.

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