Removing time for your extensive travel plans maybe hard, but paying for them is even harder. However, don’t let money shortage bog you down. With some research and lots of wanderlust, travel hacking is now possible. With the influx of efficient travel based search engines and travel hacks, drafting an economical travel plan has become much easier. Although these tricks help stretch your money to the maximum, they’ll also ask you to divert from your usual travel ways. But, hey! Just because one way is different than what you’ve been used to, it does not mean it is bad.
1. SOME RESEARCH WILL FLY YOU THROUGH
Flight engines like TripAdvisor, Airbnb, Expedia or Priceline are great sources to explore economical flight and hotel options and make bookings for lower fares. You can also redeem miles and points accumulated with the help of Miles and Get points, for free flights and hotel rooms. You can smart your way and befriend local or international budget airlines for lower fares. Also, pick long flight hauls instead of choosing a layover may be cheaper. Lastly, booking the two legs of your journey separately on your own may prove to be cheaper.
2. TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES IN DISGUISE
The number of travel opportunities you can bag by entering and winning the many contests made open to you, is fascinating. Other options include volunteering with or registering for exchange programs organised by your local Lions Club, Optimist Club or Rotary Club. Teaching English as a foreign language is another way of not only getting to travel, but also making some moolah. Lastly, inquire with relocation companies about any opportunity of transporting other people’s vehicles when they relocate.
For longer stays, especially with a bigger group, reducing accommodation costs is possible by renting an empty apartment or a condo with a kitchen. Couch surfing is another unconventional way to find cheap accommodation by arranging to sleep on a local’s couch. However, a sense of adventure is a prerequisite for such an experience. You can also swap your house with someone else’s or be mutual hosts for each other instead of staying at a hotel. Lastly, you can approach your hostel manager and negotiate a deal to exchange some work for your room.
4. SURVIVE WHILE YOU’RE BUSY EMBRACING WANDERLUST
One of the smartest ways to travel is to get your hands on a casual job at the place you’re living in. By becoming a bartender, an au pair, hostel worker, waitress or a cruise ship worker, you can not only stay longer, but also fund your own travel, simultaneously. Make smart moves by taking advantage of your perks and discounts. Research beforehand about free festivals, events or free museum trips during your stay. Use groupons, student discounts and city tourist cards to get discounts or free access to tourist attractions.
5. OTHER TRICKS YOU WILL BE THANKFUL YOU KNEW. AND, YOU’RE WELCOME
- Book in advance, do your research well and pick the cheapest day to fly out
- Save a whole lot of money and don’t check luggage, especially if you’re catching a lot of flights
- Wear the weight by putting on multiple layers of clothes if you exceed the weight limitation on your carry-on bags
- Regularly read blogs written by local people and follow the travelling pros
- Use Craigslist or Gumtree or any other site where people can buy & sell essentially anything
- Go incognito to keep your searches top secret to find cheap flights
- Try to get good exchange rates on different currencies. Don’t exchange money at airports because the rates are usually terrible.