You can tour places without breaking the bank. With proper plans and that thrifty spirit, it is possible to travel around the world on a budget. But first things first, make sure your travel documents, including your passport, are valid. You should also find out if there are special requirements to enter some countries. For example, some require citizens of certain countries to apply for a visa in advance.
You need to familiarize yourself with those unique requirements. For instance, Hungarians visiting Canada should acquaint themselves with the Hungarian travel checklist for Canada, which includes an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
With your travel documents ready, you are set to travel. Below are tips that can help you travel on a budget:
Make a Plan
While spontaneous trips can be fun, you cannot afford to do so if you are taking them on budget. It would be best if you had a plan of the places you will visit and the route that you will use to see all those attractions that you desire to see. It would also be better to decide the time you will spend in each city or place. Early plans will also enable you to book your air ticket and accommodation. The reason is that last minute tickets and accommodation are quite expensive.
Save on Accommodation
Forget about getting accommodation in hotels and be creative in seeking other options. Hostels are great saving options. You could also consider sharing a room with another person, so you share the cost. You may also rely on websites like Airbnb to get accommodation in local peoples’ houses. It can save you almost half the accommodation amount you would have spent. You will also get to have a feel of the real, local life. If you know people in the places you are touring, you can stay with them. Such people could be relatives, former schoolmates, and friends.
Go for Your Trip Off-season
For significant savings, avoid traveling during school holidays. Most families tend to go on vacation during those holidays. To know the off-season, ask which the best times to visit certain places are. Then visit the venues before or after those times. You will not have to queue for long in the airport and other areas due to few travelers.
However, you may need to be prepared to cope with bad weather. At times, the weather may not be the best during some of the off-season. The air ticket and accommodation also tend to be cheap in the low seasons since the airlines and hotels try to attract customers by reducing their prices.
As you travel on a budget, you also have to avoid eating in hotels because they are expensive. Instead, buy food items from supermarkets or eat where the locals do.