The Best Ways to Save Money Travelling

Travelling can be one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of our whole lives. It can also be expensive. If you want to save money whilst still seeing the world in style, then look no further.

Plan ahead

If you want to save money travelling, planning ahead is key. Booking your flights, hotels and car rentals before you arrive can save you a great deal of cash.

Often, for example, the published prices in a hotel reception are much more expensive than the ones people get by booking ahead online.

Plus, this way, you will not be stuck without somewhere to sleep if the local hotels are all full when you arrive.

Research, research and more research

With the world wide web at our fingertips, there is no excuse for paying top price for your travels.

Many flight and hotel comparison sites offer you the ability to find the best value deals with very little effort.

If you have time before booking, it is worth checking on a hotel’s own website page to see if they have any deals that could save you money.

You can also check where it is cheap to eat in the area you are visiting before you set off. That way, you won’t waste your evenings wandering around streets looking for a restaurant that suits your budget.

Even if you are happy to spend more, it is worth checking out customer reviews online, to ensure you know which restaurants to steer clear from when you arrive and don’t waste money on food that isn’t up to scratch.

A little time and effort now could save you lots of money when you’re away from home.

Consider self-catering

This often works out cheaper if there is a big group of you travelling.

Not only can staying in a villa or a gîte cost much less than a few rooms at the local hotel, but you will be able to save money by cooking your own food some days.

If you are on your own, there are websites where you can book to stay in someone else’s house. This is also a great way to really experience life as a local, rather than as a tourist staying in a hotel.

Free accommodation

This may sound crazy but if you are willing to do some work for your bed and board, you could find that you can see the world on a tiny budget.

Not for everyone but certainly a way to make big savings when you’re travelling.

Travel out of season

If at all possible, travel off peak. There are big savings to be had by not going on holiday when everyone else wants to.

Lower demand means lower prices.

Have money set aside for emergencies

You may be imagining a week or two of sun, sea and sightseeing but if something goes wrong, you will need to be prepared. It is always a good idea to have travel insurance to cover your trip but it is also equally important to set aside an emergency pot of cash that you can dip into if you need it. Find more tips on how to deal with cash emergencies at home and away here.

No need to spend a fortune to go travelling

Saving money when travelling is simple. With a little research and forward planning, plus flexibility on when you go and where you stay when you arrive, travelling need not be expensive.