5 Tips For a Cheap Vacation
There’s a long-heralded myth that any kind of travel vacation must cost a fortune. The hotel owners and airlines like to keep this myth going because it makes them money.
The truth is, you can travel, even if you don’t have much money. There are plenty of ways to mitigate the biggest expenses. Here are six of them:
1) If you’re going to fly, don’t book directly through the airline. Plenty of sites such as Kayak and Travelocity let you scour the net for great deals on flights. Giving yourself a flexible schedule, booking in advance and taking off-peak flights can save you hundreds of dollars in airfare.
2) Book through a travel agent. Oftentimes, travel agencies can get you great all-inclusive deals at a better rate than booking yourself. You can find a 2 night deal, but usually travel agents might have exclusive access to even better deals. If you’re going to fly and stay in hotels, you might as well save some money on it!
3) There’s a whole art to traveling on a shoestring budget, and plenty of communities and online resources have sprung up around it.
WWOOFing (where you volunteer on an organic farm in exchange for room and board) allows you to learn new skills, meet people, and see parts of the world off the main tourist routes.
Couchsurfing allows you to connect with hosts who are willing to show your around their city and sleep on their couch for free.
Plenty of people get a real kick out of hitchhiking. Not only do you get to save on train and bus fares, you also get to meet people and pick up on the local culture. Plenty of resources exist nowadays to help you research hitchhiking in your destination.
4) Don’t pay for attractions. There may be a few things on your destination list with a hefty admissions fee, but for the most part, the world is your oyster. You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to see the sites of the city streets or country landscapes.
5) Eat with the locals. In most places, the locals aren’t going to eat at the most expenses, tourist-targeted venues. Likely, they’re going to know where the best food at the best price is. Pay attention to where the locals flock to eat. You’ll keep a bit more money in your wallet and get to really enjoy the local cuisine.
6) Camp nearby. If you live in the States or Canada, chances are there’s a beautiful park within one hundred miles. Camping permits are cheap to obtain, and many campgrounds come with showers and water sources.
Take full advantage of hiking and outdoor activities. Even lesser known parks offer spectacular nature treks. It’s worth your while to check them out.
Traveling and vacationing is definitely possible, even if you’re on a budget. There are plenty of ways to see the world, get away and have an experience that don’t involve expensive tickets and hotels. Now put on your traveling shoes and enjoy your vacation!