So you’ve crunched the numbers and no matter how hard you squint, you’re a little short for your next big getaway. Not to worry travel-heads, there are plenty of creative ways to trim your budget (cough cut corners) in 2016.
For those who need some serious slimming
DIY Your Travel
Since you’ve totally got the whole adulting gig down, why pay a travel agent to organise your trip?
Planning your own travel can cut accommodation and flight costs significantly if you’re willing to research and dig around for good deals. Plus, this way you can tailor your trip to your every whim (or need).
Snoop like Snoopy for flights
Make sure to cross-compare search engine results for the best deal, and be prepared to fly at 2am on Monday morning in the name of good budgeting #commitment.
Travel during shoulder season
Assuming your boss is a huge softie and you’re not fussed about sunshine, travelling during shoulder season can mean cheaper flights, accommodation and better deals.
If warmth isn’t a big deal for you, travelling during winter can mean having some of the world’s most popular destinations (mostly, but not really) to yourself! Don’t forget your jackets.
Consider cheaper accommodation
Consider staying in dorm rooms, an AirBnB house or couch surf around the world instead. Hostelworld is great for cheap, verified hostel stays and couchsurfing is one of the best ways to meet friendly locals in your area.
For a bit more change in your pocket
Not from Rome to Venice, my god, but within cities. Walking can be one of the best ways to explore a city and avoid hopping from one tourist hotspot to the next.
If you really need to cover some ground, rent a bike and get your exercise in for the day. Hooray for fitness!
Know your transport options
But speaking of transport, know your options when it comes to train passes, tourist-only tickets and discount options.
Rail passes can be a goldmine for easy savings if you’re planning a big trip with plenty of travel between cities.
Cook, or plan where to eat
Assuming you have the facilities to cook your own meal and store it safely, (aka stovetop and fridge) cooking your own meals, particularly if you’re travelling in a group, can be a great way to save some extra dollars.
If you’re the type of person that’s likely to set the hostel’s kitchen on fire, look online for cheap eating options near you. Some of the best street food might be right under your hungry little nose!