Top 10 Cheap Travel Tips
Someone rudely suggested that I should give up travelling simply because I am broke.
I will NEVER give up travelling. I live and breath and crave travel.
Travel can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips to keep costs down:
- List your home on Air Bnb while you are out of town – it’s a great way to offset the expense of paying for accommodation while you’re away.
- Camp in National Parks – the sites are well-maintained and there are usually bins, BBQs and toilets. Just make sure you book ahead because the best places get snapped up quickly.
- Carry a refillable water bottle – most airports have water fountains and you can drink tap water in a lot of countries.
- Take food with you – you can take dry food like muesli bars, rice crackers, tins of tuna, baked beans and packaged nuts to most places. This is handy if you find yourself stuck in a place where all the food options are crappy or expensive.
- Book your flights really early. The general rule is that flights get more expensive the closer you get to the travel date because of the way fares are structured in the booking/ticketing system.
- Check out car sharing sites like Catchalift. You can cadge a ride or offer seats in your car in exchange for petrol money.
- Houseswap if you own your own home (a friend of mine stayed in France for a month and paid for one night’s accommodation).
- Never pay rack rate for a hotel room. Sites like wotif.com really do have the cheapest available price. This is because they sell ‘distressed inventory’ (rooms that are still empty within days of the booking date). Hotel operators strive to sell every room, every night and, because of trade agreements, the cheapest rates are given to hotel booking sites or advertised on the hotel’s own website.
- Withdraw the maximum amount of money when you use foreign ATMs. You get charged a motzer when you use them and you’re going to need the cash anyway so don’t mess around withdrawing small amounts. Go large.
- Make sure your smartphone is on ‘airplane mode’ with ‘cellular data’ turned off. I learnt this the hard way when I got an enormous phone bill when I got home from overseas (with three noughts on the end – eeps!)
Do you have any cheapskate tips for travellers? How do you indulge your travel obsession when you are in a financial abyss?