July 28, 2014

Travel / How To Stay On Your Budget While Traveling

Manchester, 2010
Travelling can get quite expensive so here are a few tips and tricks to keep it cheap (or at least within your budget).

Where are you going?
Some cities or countries are more expensive than other ones. So if you don't have an specific place in mind, do some research and find the less expensive ones. You might be surprised about the city you discover this way.

When are you going?
Usually the summer months are more expensive than the winter months. Unless when you're going skiing or something like that, than the winter months might be more expensive. Oh and keep in mind that the seasons are different here in Europe than in Australia.

How are you going to get there?
When you have to cross the ocean you have no other option than going on a air plane (unless you want to go on a boat off course =D). But when you're from Amsterdam and you're going to Paris, you have the option to take the train. When you book your tickets early, you can probably find them for a good price as well.

Where are you staying?
You can choose to stay in a hotel, but there are cheaper options like staying in a hostel, renting an apartment or even bringing your own tent and going camping. Off course it depends on where you're going, but I'm sure that when you do your research you can find something within your own budget.

Where are you going to eat?
Yes you can eat at McDonald's every single day and that will definitely be good for your budget, but that's not healthy (and who wants to eat at McDonald's everyday). When you choose to go to the most exclusive restaurants in town, that might get a bit expensive. When you're renting an apartment or staying in a tent, it can be an option do just do some grocery shopping and cook you own meals.

How are you going to get around town?
When you want to keep a really tight budget, your only option is walking everywhere. This can be a really good option in a city that isn't too big or when you're used to walk a lot. Off course this allows you to see a lot of the city as well. You can combine this option with buying single tickets (for the subway or bus) once in a while when you don't feel like walking all the way back. When you know you won't do that much walking, it's probably cheaper to buy a 1-3-7 day card for the subway or bus. 

What are you going to do?
Check out which touristy things are free (The Louvre in Paris is free when you're European and under 26, some museums in New York City have suggested admission prices and a lot of parks are free of charge). This way you can save a lot of money and still do the touristy things. 
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