There are people who’ve managed to travel the world completely free or at very little cost. It proves that you do not have to have a lot of money to travel. All you need is to be creative. Here are 20 easy ways in which you can stretch your travel dollars.
1. Start saving
As a part of saving for your trip, make a plan. When planning, in one column list all the things that you would like. In another column list how you can reduce or eliminate these costs. Project how much money you will now need and save towards it.
2. Sign up for flyer miles benefits
Many companies now offer these as part of their product offerings. For example, banks will offer travel points on credit cards whenever you travel and use them.
3. Look out for airline ticket deals
Popular airlines often have ticket deals and sales for certain times of the year. Schedule your trips around these times so that you can save on airfares. Also, schedule your flights for the middle of the week when most business travelers or vacationers don’t fly.
4. Scout for destination packages
These are great ways to save money. You can get all-inclusive packages, especially at resorts, for less at certain times of the year.
5. Check with your employer
If you work for the government or for a large corporation, check with your employer to see which destinations worldwide have benefits for employees when they travel. Make use of these benefits and save your money. Travel with proof from your employer to your destination. These may even still apply even if you are a retiree.
6. Check with your school
If you are a student, especially a college student, check with your school for travel benefits that they may have for students. You may also be able to access international programs for students that will save you money when you travel.
If you are in high school, get your parents or guardians to look for locales for possible school trips. There are normally discounted group packages that will save them money and are cheaper than if they were to do it on their own. Usually, a teacher or school employee will chaperone the students on the trip.
7. Join a charity or religious organization
There are some charity and religious organizations that have overseas missions. As a member on a mission, you will get to travel for free. However, please bear in mind that you are on these trips to assist others and not for your own self-gratification.
8. Make a travel budget
It is very tempting to get carried away while traveling. You will come across many things to spend money on. Make a travel budget and stick to it.
9. Stay at cheaper accommodation
If you are not on a travel package that offered you hotels at cheaper rates consider accommodation that will cost you less but are still safe. These include bed and breakfast offerings …