How To Travel On A Shoestring
The prospect of travelling on a shoestring isn’t always met with joy… whilst it can be met with a sense of romanticism and liberation that feels more enriching than staying in a sterile yet comfortable hotel, it often ends up feeling like an endurance test; but it doesn’t have to.
If you are frugal about booking your travel arrangements (e.g. hotels and flights) you can save a heap of cash that you can put into spending money for your trip.
In reality, when it comes to travelling, money is the fuel that gets you to where you want to be, as without money, it’s like a plane being sat on the runway without any fuel. Unfortunately, money in this context is as essential as the air we breathe.
However, you can travel on a budget and still have a wonderful time; you just need to make sure you have as much cash as possible for spending money, and the best way to do this is to save on your airfare and accomodation.
FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS
If you’re looking to travel internationally, then flights can take a large chunk of money from your travel fund. However, if you can be flexible with your flight dates then searching for cheap flights via comparison engines such as www.skyscanner.net or www.momondo.com that compare hundreds of flights by almost every airline in the world to present you with the cheapest deals for the dates and destinations you are looking for can save you a heap of cash.
Another factor to consider is being flexible with your departure and arrival airports; as an example if you were flying to London it might be worth searching for flights to other parts of Europe or the UK; then getting cheap onward transport to London. To put this into context, there are plenty of flights between London and France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Norway, and so on for less than $10 if booked in advance using a low cost airline such as Ryanair.
The other thing to consider, if travelling to somewhere like Paris there are a number of airports all within range of Paris; as an example Paris Orly tends to be cheaper than Charles de Gaulle (for flights within Europe).
In summary, the more flexible you can be in terms of time and location, the cheaper the flights you will be able to find.
SAVE ON ACCOMMODATION
A further huge expense when travelling is accommodation; whilst it can be tempting to do a Google search such as “Lancaster hotels” in order to find the most convenient options, at the top of Google – this will provide a great list of available options but they might not be the cheapest.
You might instead wish to head to a price comparison website such as Travel Supermarket that compares hotel prices in a very similar way to insurance comparison websites. There is, of course the opportunity to rent a property if you’re staying somewhere long term that will likely work out a lot cheaper than a hotel, or for a short stay, AirBnB tends to have some great deals with the added benefit you’ll get to meet like-minded hosts.