I wholeheartedly believe that you don’t have to be rich to travel. However, you need to have a little bit of money to get to your destination and a little more to enjoy the place. Luckily, there are a few simple changes you can make to save some coins while abroad. Here are 15 smart travel hacks that will save you money.
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1. Get a travel credit card
The great thing about a travel credit card is that with every 1USD you spend you earn air miles and rewards. No matter if you book your accommodation, flight or buy travel gear, you earn points that can be redeemed at a later point. This will allow you to save money and travel the world for cheap.
I personally use my Miles & More credit card for everything! And last year I snagged a deal when they offered roundtrip flights from Germany to the USA for 30.000 miles instead of 50.000 miles. WIIIIIN!
2. Try housesitting
If you like cats and dogs, then this money saving tip is for you. As a house sitter, you get to stay in a different country for FREE. All you must do is look after somebody’s pet. After feeding, walking or playing daily you can use the rest of the day to explore the city or hang out at the beach.
A great platform to use is Trusted Housesitters who offer new, beautiful sittings every day.
What if you could stay with someone for free, would you do it? Well, with Couchsurfing you can! The App features a community of engaged travelers that host others for free!
There are no requirements to participate, but the idea is to spend some time with your host and get to know each other’s culture. If this sounds creepy to you, get familiar with the community first by joining hang-outs in your city first.
4. Travel during offseason
My number one travel hack that will save you money is this one. No matter where you are planning to go, always research school and public holidays before booking. You will see a big difference in the flight prices and accommodation available.
I suggest you start your flight search on Skyscanner, which allows you to view the whole month and compare prices within that period.
5. Fly out mid-week
Number two on that list is flying mid-week instead of weekends. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest days of the week to board a plane. Because of less demand from business travelers and families, airlines will drop their prices for mid-week flights to attract flexible young travelers like you and me.
Again, check out Skyscanner’s whole month search to spot the price differences.
6. Choose smaller airports
The smaller, remote airport is oftentimes home to budget airlines that can’t afford the more expensive airport charge. And so, can’t you! That’s why for inland flights at your destination you should always opt for the domestic airport, which will save you a lot of money.
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7. Use budget airlines
Once you found your domestic airport it’s time to try something new. Switch to a budget airline that is cheap and safe. I can assure you it won’t be comfortable, but it will do the job for less.
CheapOair does a great job in finding budget flights. So check it out before you book your next trip!
8. Take free walking tours
If you are looking to learn a little bit about a country and it’s history without spending a lot of money on a tour or museum than you should google free walking tours for your destination.
9. Travel overnight
You might not get your beauty sleep on an overnight bus or train, but you will save a few coins when traveling from one city to another. Plus you won’t have to waste your precious daytime on transportation and can hit the ground running once you arrive. Just pack some Redbull!
10. Go where locals go
If eating out is part of your travel experience, you should search for restaurants that are frequented by locals. In contrast to popular restaurants that trap tourists into believing they offer authentic food, local establishments will serve you the real deal and be way more affordable because they adapt to the local standard of living.
11. Stay at an accommodation with free breakfast
You don’t have to stay at a luxury hotel, to receive complimentary breakfast. Nowadays even hostels offer free breakfast to their guests. Saving on one meal a day can go a long way if you’re planning a longer trip. Therefore, you should compare different hostels on hostelworld and see what each one offers for the price.
12. Shop at a grocery store
Again, not every meal you have while traveling needs to be at a restaurant or café. Get a sandwich at a local grocery store for lunch and save a few bucks. If you are staying at a hostel or apartment you might even be able to cook your own food and save big time.
13. Link up with other travelers
Don’t be shy and connect with other travelers at your destination. Whether you chat to the girl that just arrived in your hostel or the guy you met at the free walking tour. Find out where people are going and see if you can join. A lot of times, transportation, accommodation, and activities will be offered cheaper when booked as a group.
14. Look for Coupons or Deals
Websites like Groupon or LivingSocial are great for finding deals at a travel destination. Look them up and find out if they are offering activities you are interested in. You will be surprised how many desert safaris or boat tours are half off when booked through Groupon.
15. Bring your student card
The only thing I miss about being a student is the great discounts! From $50 USD off on Apple products to reduced prices at museums and amusement parks, your student card goes a long way. So, make sure to bring your card when you travel abroad and always ask for a student discount.
Do you know of any other travel hacks that will save you money? Let us know in the comments BELOW!