If you are in the mind-set that you need copious amounts of money to be able to travel, you need to sit down and have a little word with yourself.
The main thing which hypnotises us into thinking we need to win the lottery to travel the world, is the tourism industry. Yes those pesky rascals have a lot to answer for. Holiday companies are advertising European city breaks for under £200 for 2 nights to lure us in. What’s wrong with that I hear you say. Well where do I start?
You are on holiday, you are not travelling! The sad thing is you are more than likely to be speaking to and meeting other Brits while your there rather than the locals. You will sit and eat in the hotel restaurant, swim in the hotel pool, sit on a tour bus and eat fish and chips.
This is not the way to visit a country, seeing the capitol city is not seeing the country. So how do you travel the World without selling a kidney?
- Look Around
Ok obvious answer but It’s true, don’t let those travel sites flirt with you and lure you in to a false sense of security. If they say they are offering the cheapest deal, they aren’t. They are lying to you. Check out websites such as;-
Even if you don’t fancy sharing a room with sweaty men and couples who can’t seem to spend the night apart, these hostels do private rooms for ridiculous prices. The hostel I just stayed at offered the private room for just 8 euros a night..
Or if your looking for a cheap hotel stay why not check out;-
Same applies to all aspects of your travel, never accept anything as the cheapest price you will find. Until, of course you actually find the cheapest price…
This at the moment seems to be the cheapest way and of course the quickest way to travel. That’s if your not accounting for delays and cancellations but then again you can get that with anything.
I just flew to Austria for 18.99 euros one way from London, The tube and the bus to get to the airport cost more than that!
I have flow with the following airlines at dirt cheap prices;-
http://wizzair.com/ (you may have to Google translate this website into English)
Also these websites are good for comparing cheap flights;-
http://www.statravel.co.uk/ (good flight deals for students and young travellers)
Once you’ve booked a flight from say London to wherever you are going, fly again. People make the mistake of thinking that flying is only for the departure of your journey and the return. Fly to France then fly again to Spain, then on to wherever you want to go next, sometimes It’s a lot cheaper!
Don’t get me wrong, in a lot of places it’s easier and cheaper to get a bus or train and sometimes it’s a better way to see the place your visiting, but always check all methods of transportation for the easiest and cheapest way to get places.
Tip: If you don’t have a specific time or day to fly, choose an early morning or late evening flight and try and travel on a Wednesday for the cheapest prices!
My advice is don’t buy souvenirs at all, they will take up valuable space in your backpack. They are also a huge rip off, memories are the only things you really need but If you just have to have that model of the Eiffel Tower or that t-shirt that says ‘I Love Hong Kong’ then you need to learn to haggle.
This applies for a lot of things especially excursions and deals in restaurants and bars. Don’t go down to a ridiculous price because in some places this can be insulting but a lot of places are willing to do you a deal and help you out. Just don’t play the ‘Hey look at me, I’m a tourist’ card because they will chew you up, spit you out and run away with your wallet.
Tip: When it comes to having to buy food, street food is the way to go! It’s cheap, easy and the best way to eat the local cuisine.
- Meet the Locals
Speak to people, make new friends and get in with the locals. Even if they don’t speak your language, use hand gestures and those brilliant acting skills you acquired from school all those years ago. This way you can meet people who live in the area, who can show you the cheap places to go, sometimes even give you a place to stay or even feed you.
You also never know who owns what, you might be speaking to somebody who is the boss of a local bar, making friends with them has just earned you cheap drinks and food! You might also be speaking to somebody who is driving to the next town/city/country tomorrow and will happily give you a free ride.
Tip: Always offer somebody a drink, It’s an easy way to make new friends and I’m sure you will receive a lot more acts of kindness from them in return than that one drink you bought them!
- Work or Stay for Free!
If your planning on being away for a long time, one of the best ways to cut costs is to work for your stay or even to stay for free. HOW? I can hear you shouting. Well there are some great people out there, the world is not full of all these nasty murdering, robbing people that we all hear about.
Some people are kind enough to let you sleep at their houses for FREE!
Check Out – https://www.couchsurfing.org/
Some people live on amazing farms, or own amazing houses all over the world. They just need some help in their day to day lives, in return they will give you a place to stay and sometime 3 meals a day!
Check out –http://www.workaway.info/
There are even some people who let you look after their houses while they are away! That’s right a whole house to yourself, FOR FREE!
Check out – http://trustedhousesitters.com/
There you go, some simple ways to cut your travel costs right down! So what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore!