The Cheapest Way to Travel
While going on a trip may seem like a luxurious expense to avoid in today’s economic climate, many die-hard travelers aren’t ready to give up their cherished pastime. Instead, those of us who aren’t quite ready to pack away our backpacks are on a desperate lookout for less expensive ways to go on vacation. Here’s a look at some tips how to save money and traveling cheaply.
Travel during the low season
If you dare to take the less traveled path of low-season trips, expect to contend with less favorable weather for amazing low prices. In numerous destinations, some attractions, hotels and restaurants will close down during the low tourism season. But this does not mean you can’t plan an amazing low-season vacation.
Take a day-trip
A day-trip, even if it’s a car ride that last only one hour, adds an element of actual travel to your vacation time. Moreover, a day-trip is possibly the least expensive way for traveling to destinations that are relatively local. Choose a destination that’s far away, but not too far, such as a famous landmark, national park, historic site or interesting town. To avoid having to pay for accommodation, set out early in the morning and plan to return home late.
Book vacation rentals with friends
Vacation rentals don’t really work for solo travelers or those who prefer eating out. However, if you’re traveling with another couple or family, vacation rentals could end up saving you a lot of money over hotels. Staying at a vacation rental with several people will be cheaper because every person you add to your party will cut your costs down significantly. Also, purchasing large amounts of food and self-catering rather than eating out at restaurants will enable you to save even more.
Arrange for a home exchange
For homeowners, swapping your home with someone else is a good way to find cozy, comfy and virtually cost-free accommodation for your trip. Home exchange involves staying at each others residences at the same time, or as guests at each others homes. If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of a complete stranger in your home, remember that this is a mutual exchange arrangement. Therefore, your partner is likely to take as great care of your house, as they would their own.
Home exchanges are typically arranged via online networks. Be sure to do your homework, check their references, chat over the phone and even arrange to meet the home exchange partner beforehand to greatly reduce the risk of leaving your property in the wrong hands.
Take the bus or train instead. Buses stop in most towns along your route and cost much less than flying. Moreover, a bus ride could last several days, which means you have plenty of time to see the scenery out of your window. Bringing packed food along on your journey can also help you to cut down costs significantly as you get to avoid restaurant expenses. Although longer, the train is even cheaper than taking the bus and it offers more opportunities for traveling off the beaten path.
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