Traveling cheap may not be the simplest way, but it is doable. You do not need tons of money in the bank to go on a trip of a lifetime. You just need some time, dedication and the willingness for adventure.
If you are itching for your next vacation but have limited funds, we have a few tips that may come in handy. With these few ideas, you will be ready to plan your next big trip on a pretty tight budget.
Rack Up Some Points
Want a flight that costs you little to no money? Look at getting a travel rewards credit card. When spent wisely, these cards give you points towards travel, accommodations and lots of other great rewards. They come in handy if you plan to travel a lot and use your credit card all the time.
But what card best suits you? Do some research beforehand to compare annual fees, interest rates and rewards. For example, the American Express Platinum card is considered one of the best travel rewards in Canada. It provides its customers with many different perks like airline upgrades, rental discounts and annual travel credits.
There Are More Accommodation Options Than Hotels
If you are trying to travel on a budget, stay at hotels may not always work. Luckily there is a variety of accommodation options available that cater to travelers. Something like a hostel is a cheap way to have a place to lay your head. You rent a bed and share the rest of the living space with others just like you.
If your travel plans include you leaving home for an extended period, consider renting out your home. You’ll be making a small income while traveling across the world. Or look into house-sitting options. Many people look for someone to stay in their house for a period and see after everything (maybe a dog or two as well). Basically, you get to sleep for free as long as you keep everything in order.
Work While Traveling
Although vacation is meant to get you away from work, sometimes picking up a side job helps keep the trip going. Maybe you are going to New Zealand for an extended period. Getting a farm job would help pay any travel expenses, all while giving you a unique take on the area you are visiting. There are many job options available to suit what you are looking for.
If you can keep your schedule relatively flexible as to when you leave, there’s a good chance of you can score some outstanding deals. Flight fares vary depending on the time of year. Going in peak season (spring break, Christmas or other holidays) will be more expensive if you were to leave during the off-season. Also, be flexible in where you go as well. That trip you want to take to one destination might be a lot more expensive than somewhere else right now.
So consider these few pointers when planning for your next vacation. You never know how cheap you can make it unless you try.