Traveling refreshes both soul and spirit. These days, whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-timer, any day or time you decide to travel is a great time to start planning your next adventure. It doesn’t have to be a long trip; a weekend in a different place can satisfy your wanderlust!
Because millennials love to travel but may not want to splurge, it’s essential to take advantage of every opportunity to save money with these travel tips before you start packing your bags:
Plan ahead. You are perhaps the most liberated you have ever been in your life. You are not limited by the responsibilities of maturity, such as children, spouses and other obligations. As the world is your playground, and tidying up and leaving sounds appealing, you should think about getting organized. With so many options, it’s best to plan your trip around the cheapest times. Even if it’s out of season or at an odd time of the week, it can be worth it. Do your research before deciding on a time and date.
Establish a budget
Planning and budgeting are usually tedious tasks, but it’s not just any budget; it’s a trip goal budget for an adventure you’d like to embark on. Once you’ve figured out where you want to go, it’s time to figure out how to get there. Find out about the destination you intend to travel to, calculate your expenses according to your budget and search for deals online to compare and reduce costs throughout your stay.
A road trip
Booking alternative modes of transport can be time-consuming and expensive. Getting in the car with all your friends for a few hours can be the most enjoyable part of your trip. A road trip can be a great way to save money while having a fun vacation. Stopping along the way at campsites or homestays, for example, eliminates the cost of luxury hotels and resorts, allowing you to truly experience the trip on your terms.
The time of year you travel can have a significant impact on your spending. Off-season travel, on the other hand, typically results in lower airfares and savings on hotels. Traveling off-season can mean less than ideal weather, but the savings usually outweigh the inconvenience. When planning your next vacation, play around with different travel and accommodation options. You might be surprised how much the rates fluctuate.
Rent a vacation home instead of staying in a hotel
Costs are usually lower and you have the opportunity to “live like a local”. It usually includes amenities such as a kitchen and a washing machine, which can help you save even more money. You won’t be charged extra baggage fees, for example, because you can do laundry. Alternatively, instead of eating out, prepare a few meals at home.
Travel like a local
Explore destinations other than the usual tourist traps. Don’t be afraid to explore your neighborhood and interact with new people! It will enrich you with new experiences and create a trip you will remember for the rest of your life.
It’s important to remember that traveling doesn’t have to be as expensive as some people make it out to be. Don’t let others tell you that you are too young and inexperienced to see the world. If you are adaptable and open to new experiences, this could be the experience of a lifetime. Pick a destination, plan ahead, and set off for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
(By Husain Khatumdi, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Ekostay)