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Looking for ways to cop an amazing adventure without emptying your bank account? Check out these budget-travel hacks!
Yes, millennials love to travel! Whether it’s for their social media feed and blogs or just for the experience (and bragging rights), many young ones today just cannot get enough of piso fares and AirBnB reservations. But no amount of discount hoarding can get your expenses to zero levels. Traveling is fun but it’s not cheap! Well, with these five hacks, you can, at least, make it cheaper.
1. Book flights in advance
Any travel buff will tell you the value of planning your trip in advance. The earlier you book, the better your rates will be. For domestic flights, book at least seven to 11 weeks in advance. For international trips, book seven to eight months in advance. As much as you can, avoid booking on peak season dates as the prices for tickets can skyrocket.
2. Make your own itinerary
While tour packages are convenient, you can save so much more money if you do things on your own and follow your own created itinerary. Make sure though that your itinerary is well-researched. Check for hidden charges and taxes and always factor in your travel expenses. Your ready itinerary can help you book transportation like trains and boats in advance so the rates will be cheaper.
3. Travel Light
Packing too much will not only hurt your back but it can also get you to incur additional charges upon your return. If you are planning to buy stuff abroad, leave your suitcase empty. That way, you will have more room for your purchases and more weight allowance. Having no stuff can also save you from renting a separate room instead of sharing one with other backpackers. If you really need to carry so much stuff, then buy additional luggage allowance in advance for your flight back. For sure, you’ll go over the limit.
4. Harness the Power of the Internet
There are websites like Trivago, Travelocity, and AirBnB that list down all available flights, transportation service, resorts, and even hotels nearby along with their individual rates. This allows you to choose which offers fit your budget by comparing rates. Some sites also display tourist ratings and comments so you can already sift through the good ones from the crappy ones.
5. When in Rome, do as the Romans do
When traveling, always make it a point to research on places that are not yet part of tourist itinerary. This is especially true for resorts and beaches. The less commercial a place is, the cheaper and, surprisingly, the more beautiful it is. You can also take advantage of freebies by doing your research well or asking friends who are native to the place or at the very least, have visited the place. Louvre, for instance, offers free entrance on a particular date.