7 Tips Every Budget Traveler Would Surely Appreciate

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Traveling the world has always been a dream of mine. But after a few trips, I realized the jetsetter lifestyle isn’t for those who are low on funds. Of course, you’ll need to have a substantial amount of money to pay for your trips. After exhausting all of my savings in my travels, I decided to be wiser and to spend less without sacrificing a lot.

I want to share with you, my fellow travelers, how I was able to visit different destinations without breaking the bank. Here are seven tips every budget holidaymaker, both first-timers and seasoned jetsetters, would greatly appreciate.

Take Advantage of A Travel Loan

Now, some of you might say that a debt is never a wise decision. But, if you think about it, you’ll be able to get instant funds for your next vacation without hurting your savings. This type of credit can come in the form of a personal loan, which is offered by a lot of banks and private financing firms. Another advantage of this type of loan is that you can repay it in one to five years, which should give you enough time to plan your next holiday. Aside from that, applying for this kind of financing does not require any collateral, since it’s an unsecured loan. Yet, the requirements are quite simple, which could include Income Tax Return, identification cards and the like.

Fly Off-Season

As soon as you think of a place to visit, make a thorough research on when would be the best time to fly there. Take note of the off-peak season as this would mean cheaper airfare, shorter queues, more affordable hotel rates and fewer people in restaurants and tourist spots.

Stay in a B&B Instead

I used to think staying in a hotel is the ultimate way to enjoy a particular place. But since I wanted to maximize my travel loan, e.g., spend the money for two or more trips if possible, I researched on cheaper accommodation options. I found out that a lot of experienced travelers are opting to stay in B&Bs because they are relatively cheaper. Plus, I realized that these places are cozier and homier.

Pre-Book Tickets To Tourist SpotsI love to visit museums and theaters because they teach you a lot about a certain city or town. But there are establishments that charge really high on entrance fees. So I searched online and found out that you can spend up to half the price if you pre-book your tickets.

Go for Red-Eye Flights

Flying late at night and arriving way before your check-in time at your accommodation were not my cup of tea. I’d always book times that are at least an hour before I check in to my hotel. But over the years, I found out that you can actually book red-eye flights for a fraction of the cost. What’s more, there’s often a shorter line at the check-in counters.

Use Fare-Alert Services

This saved me a considerable amount of money, time and effort over the years. I used to log-in to airline websites multiple times a day to check airfare prices, which was definitely so time-consuming. That was the case until I found a great fare-alert service that automatically notifies me of price drops. Now, all I need to do is wait for emails or SMS messages from sites like Pisofare.com.ph, Skyscanner.com.ph and Jetstar.com.

Search for Indirect Flights

It might seem like an exhausting idea, but flying indirectly to your destination could actually save you a lot of money, which means that you’ll be able to make the most of your personal loan.

Dream of traveling? Use these budget travel tips and start making your dream a reality today.

Definition of Term:

B&B - Bed and Breakfast

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