There is no question that traveling can be expensive. With airlines charging for luggage and gas increasing steadily, it is much more affordable just to stay at home. However, who wants to do that when there is such a big world out there to explore? The good news is that with the following 13 affordable travel tips, you can be on your way, without having to spend a small fortune.
Travel during the off-season
If you are traveling to Europe, the off-season is considered the months between October and April. You will find cheaper airfare, more affordable rooms, spend a reduced amount of time waiting in line and even meet more European tourists. After all, the big cities such as Rome, Paris and London are interesting and fun all year-round.
Bring your own food on the plane
Today, a large number of airlines charge for you to have food while on board. You can save quite a bit of money just by bringing your own snacks on board, rather than purchasing them in the airport or while you are on board.
Overestimate your costs and control your spending
When traveling an old adage you should abide by is to take half the amount of stuff you initially packed and double the money. After all, the last thing you want is to run out of money while you are traveling. This means you should keep up with what you spend to ensure you are not going overboard.
Dial direct to stay in touch
Rather than roaming on your cell phone – and absorbing the rather large cost that goes along with it, you should purchase calling cards that offer calls at as little as 10 cents per minute.
Use public transportation
While renting a vehicle may seem like an appealing option, the fact is that no matter where you are going, taking the public transportation is likely going to be a much more affordable option.
Avoid excess baggage fees
If you are concerned with the baggage charges, wear any extra items you want to take along, rather than cramming them into your bag. There are quite a few innovative products on the market today that help you do this.
Check special hotel deals
Hotels are always advertising deals and savings for travelers – especially during the off season. Be sure that you check all the prices prior to booking a hotel since you may be able to find deals such as “buy two nights, get one free.”
Make Sure You Are Okay For Travel in the Area
Another very important thing that you need to do before travelling is to ensure you are approved to enter the country. If you have been convicted of a felony, then you may find it hard to travel in Canada without a pardon. Getting some help with Pardon Applications can be helpful and will allow you to travel without fear.