Wherever you plan on going away this summer, your holiday doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Here are a few tips and hints, which could help you travel on a budget.
- Set a budget
One of the golden rules of relying on a budget is to set one out. Before going overseas consider what you can realistically afford and how much you plan on spending. The last thing you want to return home to is post holiday blues with post holiday debt. In the run up to your holiday, start saving to make sure you have enough cash for your needs. It would also be advisable to have an emergency fund set aside.
- Travel light
If you’re travelling via a budget airline, more often than not they will charge you for taking large luggage on board. If you can survive for the duration of your trip with everything you can jam into hand luggage, it could save you money. Alternatively, avoid airport fees altogether by getting a coach or train to a European holiday destination.
- Cut the cost of your travel
Avoid tourist inflated taxi prices by jumping on the local bus or train. You can often find cheap day or weekly travel passes from the local tourism information centre. If there is a large group of you, you might be able to find discounted travel passes. Alternatively, hire a car with your friends and split the petrol and driving. If you are hiring a car it is always worth taking out car hire excess insurance in advance when booking. There are plenty of websites available to help you find the best deals on car hire insurance, but a top tip for cash-savvy tourists is to compare prices online in advance.
Youth hostels are hardly the most glamorous forms of accommodation, however, you get what you pay for. They are cheap, reasonable and in most cases clean. They make a great alterative to expensive hotels and also give you the chance to meet new people. Couchsurfing is another great option for those who want to stay in Europe for free. This simply involves you staying with a host in their country and you offer your sofa up should they come visit.