A lot of people don’t travel as much as they want to because they think that it is simply outside of their budget. While it’s true that traveling a certain way can cost a whole lot of money, it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t need to sell all of your things and give up your apartment and embark on a long journey in order to see the world. In fact, there are many ways to travel without breaking the bank and without even having to become a digital nomad.
Use Points For Flights
Let’s face it, flights can be the biggest barrier when it comes to planning travels. Yes, flights can be very expensive, but you should always use points or miles. You should try to open up a credit card (or two) that accumulates points. Look for those with very high enrollment bonuses, and you’ll increase those point in no time. Try to get one that’s in a OneWorld alliance so you can take advantage of multiple airlines as well.
Get Creative With Your Lodging
You can earn hotel points by staying with the same hotel that can get you free stays. These include programs like Hilton HHonors in the U.S. You can also find off the beaten options like camping and couchsurfing. If that’s not for you, look for hostels, which often have private rooms with a shared shower at a fraction of the cost of a hotel. Often you also don’t have to pay anything beyond a 10% down payment until your arrival, which is great for flexibility. Of course, you can always look at what Airbnb has to offer as well.
Think About Trip Length & Timing
If you only get two weeks off per year, that doesn’t leave you a ton of time to explore a lot of places unless you plan it out. If you are adventurous, you can explore several countries and cities within two weeks, especially if they’re close to one another and you spend between 1-3 days in each. Look ahead of time and try to gauge how much there is to do in each city and plan accordingly.
Visit The Lesser Known Cities
It’s easy to get carried away by the glitz and glam of the world’s best known cities, but the fact is, since they are so popular and overrun with tourists, prices tend to be higher in these places. You can frequently find much better deals in nearby cities that have just as much, if not more, to offer. Some of these include Calabria, Italy; Normandy, France; Ben Nevis, Scotland, Belgrade, Serbia amongst many many more.
Take Overnight, Middle of the Week Flights
Traveling overnight has a huge advantage: not only does it get you from point A to point B, you also are saving a night of accommodation. You also aren’t “wasting” any of your time at your destination with traveling to and from your destination, so you’re essentially buying yourself more time there. Middle of the week flights are almost always less expensive than weekend ones, so if you can swing it, this will almost certainly save you a whole bunch of money.