A Beginners Guide To #TWB (Traveling While Broke)
If money weren’t an issue we’d all travel as much as possible, right? Well let’s face it, IT IS! But it doesn’t have to be a deal breaker. With a little creativity and smart spending, venturing out into the world is totally achievable. Whether you want to travel to a different state or a different continent, here are a few helpful tips on how you too can see the world on a budget.
1. Plan Ahead
While a spontaneous trip to Europe might sound like the greatest thing ever, it might not be the best decision for your wallet. Not only can planning ahead make your life MUCH easier, but it can save you a lot of coin. Hotels, attractions, and even private tours often offer discounts for advanced booking. So next time you’re thinking about taking a trip, take your time and plan it out. It could really be worth the extra effort.
2. Take Advantage Of Local Deals
Most cities offer local deals through sites like Groupon, Living Social, or Travel Zoo. Booking activities through discount websites could potentially save you hundreds of dollars on your trip! Be sure to check out the available deals about a month or two in advance and you could save on everything from a local concert to a relaxing day at the Spa.
3. Be Flexible!
Although you may have had your heart set on Paris in June, everything from your flight to your hotel could cost double or even triple what you’d pay in the off season. Being flexible with travel dates is a huge money saver. When traveling off-season weather may be a draw-back depending on your location, but you could also find amazing discounts, fewer crowds, and enjoy a more intimate experience.
It doesn’t hurt to do a little research beforehand either. Check to see if there are any major events going on during your travel time. Booking a flight a few days later than you planned could be the difference between a $1,500 flight and a $600 flight.
5. Know The Exchange Rates
Always research your currency exchange rates before arriving at your destination. Exchange rates are always changing and a small miscalculation can put a serious damper on your travel budget. Websites like XE and OANDA offer great currency converters for different locations around the world.
6. Smart Accommodations
Back in the day, travel meant you had to rely on hotels and expensive resorts if you wanted a safe place to stay on vacation. Thankfully, today there are tons of affordable accommodation options that were never available before. Services like Couchsurfing, Mind My House, and House Carers allow you to stay with locals for free or stay at their properties while they go on their own vacations.
Another alternative for those who may be looking for a bit more privacy is Airbnb. This service allows you to rent private rooms or apartments from locals in cities all over the world for a fraction of what you’d pay at a hotel.
7. Sign Up For Travel Credit Cards
I know what you’re thinking…Who wants more debt?! But travel credit cards can actually SAVE you money, (yes I said save) if you use them responsibly. The trick is to sign up for cards that offer big sign-up bonuses and earn you points per dollar spent. This way you can rack up mileage/points for your next trip with everything from buying groceries to a new pair of shoes. But be sure to do your research and see which card works best for you.
A lot of us want to “see the world” but only have a “see the state” budget. But money doesn’t have to hold you back anymore. Hopefully these tips are just what you need to start your #CatchFlightsNotFeelings photo album lol. If you have any good #TWB tips to add feel free to comment below. Sharing is caring!