Whether you have a healthy dose of wanderlust, or you haven’t left your home country in years, you may already be thinking about your goals for 2016. And one of them may be to travel more.
But traveling can add up, especially if you’re taking the whole family. If you’re aiming to travel more often and for longer, the answer may be to simply focus on saving money during those trips.
The good news is you can still have an amazing time traveling without breaking the bank. Here are some tips for saving money while still traveling in 2016:
Take one trip
Relax, we’re certainly not saying you should do less travel. The fact is, the longer you travel for, the cheaper it becomes, especially if you’re the type to go away a few times a year. If you don’t live in a major international hub, you may find that flights are out of control, so it’s well worth forgoing the two or three smaller trips you might do each year and saving for one that lasts a little longer. See how long your boss will let your travel for, and offer to do some work remotely if you can stretch it out a little longer. You’ll be able to visit more places, really get to know different cultures, and still spend less. #Winning.
Choose your destination wisely
We all know that some places cost more than others, so if you’re committed to seeing more of the world next year while still making every dollar stretch, the trick is to choose the right destination. The answer?
Ditch Western Europe and head to Eastern Europe instead. Countries which don’t use the Euro are often far better value. If you can visit Central America or Southeast Asia even better, as you can literally travel for months in these destinations for what you’d spend a week in other parts of the world.
This is a great way to visit places you may not have considered, and you’ll find your friends are green with envy when they see you feeding elephants at a sanctuary in Northern Thailand or exploring Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Book Smart Accommodation
Other than flights, accommodation is likely to be your biggest expense. Luckily, more and more people are being wise to the fact that expensive and inauthentic chain hotels are not the way to go.
Check out World Wide Vacation Accommodation from WorldEscape, and ditch the Hilton for a chance to live like the locals and have a local coffee shop. This goes hand in hand with the first tip-travelling for longer, and allows you to really get to know a place since you’ll usually be staying out of the tourist areas.
Plan in Advance
While we’d like to believe that we’ll get a “last minute deal” these so-called deals are often a myth. If you have an idea about when you’d like to travel, book as far in advance as you can. This will take some of the stress away from travel as you won’t be wondering if flights will increase, and you can focus on looking forward to your trip.