So you’re in the beginning stages of planning a trip of some kind, and you have a certain budget set for doing so. However, you’re a little frustrated or disappointed with how much you are able to spend. Want to know how to get the most out of your money? Read on to find out!
When booking a hotel, resort, hostel, homestay or anything really, think about what you really need. For example, if you’re planning on being out of the accommodations for the majority of the day and night, then you don’t need to choose the ritziest place in the area. Instead, opt for a moderate hotel that is clean and comfortable. Regardless of the amount of time you plan to spend at the establishment, find places that include breakfast to help cut back on some of the cost.
Buy Tickets Ahead
Chances are, you are going to attend at least some tours, shows and other events that require tickets. Try to get your tickets ahead of the event online. When you go in person right before the event starts, you could wind up paying some of the highest price. Of course, you also take the chance that it will be sold out entirely. However, when you look online first, you can often find coupon codes to help you out.
Meals probably wind up taking a huge chunk out of your budget when you’re traveling. Before embarking on the journey, try to stock up on some snacks you want to keep in the hotel and in your bag as you are traveling. Doing so can help to prevent you from spending extra and unnecessary money on food. You’ll know that you have snacks back in the hotel, so you can just eat those many of the times when hunger starts to kick in. If you have a room with any sort of cooking tools, be sure to use those to your advantage!
Necessary vs Unnecessary
As you’re looking at the various things you can do on the trip, you really need to figure out what’s necessary and what is not. For example, let’s say that you want to go on this helicopter expedition over the waters, but you find out that it costs a lot of money. You need to weigh out your options. Would you rather do this expedition or four or five other smaller ones that will amount to the same cost? Often, when you ask yourself what it is that you would rather do, you get a much clearer answer. Whenever you are unsure whether something is worth the money, compare it with other activities to see the bigger picture.
Travel is expensive, even if you are not going far. You need to factor in all of the costs from gas to every meal when you are creating a budget, and these tips can help you stick to it!
Pete Brock writes about his adventures living and learning abroad. His recent work is about earning an online masters in psychology while living in Europe.