All year round, we look forward to taking a vacation and traveling to some amazing places we have never been to. We wait for winter to go skiing on some of the most exquisite mountains and we wait for summer to enjoy the sun-rays on the beach while drinking a refreshing drink. There is definitely nothing that can stop one from enjoying the vacation ahead, but in some cases money problems can stop us from enjoying it to the fullest.
We have put together a list of five hacks that can save you money while traveling and leave you a little extra money for your next vacation.
- Choose your destination wisely
Choosing a destination wisely can save you a lot of money. If you are flexible on the destination but tight on budget, choose a country that is not so famous among tourists. If you do some research (or follow our Travel Gem) you can find some countries that offer amazing experiences at a reasonable price.
- Book your flight ahead
When booking a flight, it goes the same as for the destination – be flexible. If you are, chances that you will find some great flight deals are much higher. Sometimes leaving in the evening instead of in the morning can make a huge difference in price. That is why it is important to check airline’s websites and try different combinations in order to find the cheapest flight.
Technology has blessed us with some amazing tools that can help us shorten our search and save us time and money. Today, we have many flight search engines that can save you hundreds of dollars.
Some of them are:
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If you are flexible on the destination, on Momondo you can just select the ‘take me anywhere’ option. The site will find the cheapest flights from more than one thousand airlines and travel sites. Chances are that you will find some amazing flight deals for some great countries you never even thought of.
- Sleep for free
Here is another way to save a lot of money. Hotels are usually really expensive, so finding a place to sleep for free is a great option.
Couchsurfing is a website that will connect you with locals offering free accommodation. This is a great opportunity to save money, learn about the country you are in from the locals and make some new friends.
In case this option is not for you, find some cheap hostels or use Airbnb to find affordable accommodation. Sometimes, this is a lot cheaper that staying at a hotel.
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- Use a banking app
When you are abroad, it is good to know that there is something you can rely on to save you money and avoid high foreign currency fees. Usually, when traveling, banks charge a lot per transaction and you lose a lot of money for nothing.
To avoid this, be sure to download an app that will keep a track of your expenses and to use a multi currency card in order to save valuable money.
- Eat smart
When traveling, it is nice to visit a classy restaurant, try some amazing foods and enjoy the whole experience. However, this is usually truly expensive. A good idea is to eat where the locals eat, because they have been there for a while and they know where the food is good and affordable.
Another hack is to not eat near tourist attractions because those places usually have higher prices just because of their location. Chances are that you will find much better food for less money just a few blocks further away.
Today, travel is at the palm of our hand because technology has provided us with some amazing tools in order to travel cheap and easy. Hopefully these hacks will help you save some extra bucks on your next trip. What are some of your tips for saving money while on vacation?
Manigo Team, April 2017