HOW TO STICK TO YOUR TRAVEL BUDGET

We know how difficult it can be to stick to your budget when you’re travelling, regardless of how much you have saved. These handy hints and tips can help your travel budget go a lot further the next time you’re away.

Posted On April 21, 2017 Posted By Isabella Medalle

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IN PREPARATION:

MINIMISE YOUR NUMBER OF TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

Plan to travel to less destinations in order to save money on potential internal flights, transfers, buses, trains and more. The key is quality over quantity as this will ensure you can really immerse yourself in a destination rather than hopping around from one place to the next.

SET YOUR LIMIT PER DAY

Before you leave for your trip, it's always a good idea to keep in mind how much you approxminately want to spend per day (In your own currency and in the local currency of the country you’ll be travelling to). You don't have to be strict on yourself but it's always good to keep track.

BRING A TRAVEL MONEY CARD / CREDIT CARD WITH A GOOD EXCHANGE RATE

Speak to your bank or ask around for competitive travel money cards/credit cards. Following on from the above, make sure you know the approximate exchange rate. For example, it’s no use thinking you've saved $15,000 but this value halves by the time you get to the UK.

MAKE A LIST OF YOUR MUST SEE / DO ATTRACTIONS

How important is it for you to see this attraction? Will there be an entry fee involved? Is this specific attraction free on certain days/certain times? Ask yourself all of these questions and cull sights that you aren’t as interested in but will take away from your hip pocket.

FACTOR IN YOUR ACCOMMODATION BUDGET

Be aware that accommodation pricing is all about location, location, location. Options in the heart of a city will always be more expensive so weigh up your options. If you enjoy luxury but but can't afford the price tag, consider whether there are any further out options that are still high quality. Or on the other hand, consider slightly lower rated accommodation options if you’re looking to stay in the heart of town.

CONSIDER RAIL TRAVEL OVER FLIGHTS

In countries such as Japan and in countries throughout Europe, rail passes are your friend. Not only are they often cheaper, but railway stations are usually in the very centre of a city whereas airports are mostly further out. You also don't have to be at the railway station nearly as early as you would an airport and an added bonus of rail travel is getting to enjoy the scenery of the countryside.

UNDERPACK BEFORE DEPARTING FOR YOUR DESTINATION

Underpacking ensures you will have more room to pack your bag full of things you want to purchase at your destination and will help you avoid unccessary excess baggage fees on the way home.

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WHEN YOU'RE AWAY:

WHEN DINING OUT, STAY AWAY FROM TOURIST AREAS

You will quite literally eat through your budget this way. Try walking away from the main landmarks as the restaurant prices in these areas will always be inflated. If you’re in a country that doesn’t speak English and it has an English menu, that's a definite red flag. Eat where the locals eat and you’ll see the difference. Note: Some restaurants offer cheaper lunch specials so you could eat a bigger meal at lunchtime and have something smaller for dinner.

KNOW THAT NOT ALL MEALS NEED TO BE HAD AT RESTAURANTS

If you're on the go during the day, go to bakeries, local delis and snack or pack a picnic. Or if you’re staying in self contained accommodation, go to supermarkets and buy ingredients to cook a meal at home. These options can really help further your budget.

DON’T BUY HUNDREDS OF SOUVENIRS

Put the gag shirt down, we mean it. Overpriced baubles tend to gather dust once you’re back home and don’t grasp the essence of the place you had visited. If you do want to buy souvenirs, make sure it’s something you’ll either use or something of good quality. Isn’t the sight of an Angkor Wat sunrise or the taste of a croissant from a French bakery enough of a great memory?

CONSIDER ALL TYPES OF TRANSPORT

Is there a bus, ferry or rail system in the city you'll be travelling to? And if so, are passes available? If you'd like to do things at your own pace, why don’t you hire a car or bike instead of forking out for a tour? Consider all these options and see what works for you.

HAVE DAYS WHERE YOU CAN RELAX

You don't need to be on the go all day, everyday. Read a book one day or people watch another. Even if you're short on time, know that there are so many things you can do and experience in a city without having to tick off the often crowded tourist hot spots.

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