‘To travel is to live’ said Hans Christian Andersen and this is so true. One who has not travelled has not lived. Travel opens your mind and heart to the wonders of the world and you meet a lot of people and learn about new cultures and perhaps history as well. Well, what then is the hurdle that stops people from travelling at every possible opportunity? Of course, it is money that is the biggest criteria that usually puts a spoke in the plans.
The world is full of beautiful places and people and if it is affordable and possible, we all would be on a perpetual journey. So, what can we do to make sure that we go out there and get a good holiday in the budget that we have planned? In other words, what are those travel hacks that we can keep in mind and follow to make sure that we get the best out of each holiday that we take?
- Plan ahead
If it is possible, please make sure that you plan well ahead in order to ensure that you get the best deals on your flight tickets and accommodation. Usually we travel when it is the holiday season and all prices are hiked up during the holidays. So, if you know the dates, plan and book ahead and that could save you a lot of money. The other option would be to travel off season in order to make sure that you save maximum on the travel, as prices would hit rock bottom at that time.
- Look for alternate accommodation
Avoid hotels if you can and look for other forms of accommodation like home stays, paying guests or serviced or shared apartments. This can bring down your costs by a huge margin.
- Travel light
This is a universal travel policy. Roll your clothes instead of folding them and pack light and keep it to the minimal. Ensure that you are carrying your basics and essentials. Things like first aid, your regular medicines, etc. should be packed without fail. Travelling light means that you don’t have to worry about keeping track of your luggage count. It also means that you don’t have to worry about excess baggage at airport check-ins.
- Carry your currency and calling card
If you are travelling abroad, please make sure that you carry enough currency from your host country itself as otherwise you may end up paying bank charges that you are unaware of. It is also better to carry an international SIM card like Matrix or so to save money on calling as well as on the data usage for apps like WhatsApp and Google Maps that we usually rely on during travel.
- Avoid taxis and use public transport
Taxis are more expensive, though they may seem like an easier and more convenient option. Do your research on the public transport system of the place once you have decided on the place. Keep it handy and talk to locals around for whetting your options. Public transport is a great way to go around and it saves you lots of money. What’s more, you even get to meet other people along the way and you get to learn a lot from them because usually it is the locals who use public transport.