There are many people who would like to travel around the world, but lack the time and resources to do it. While some people can make time to travel the world, the financial resources they set aside may be insufficient. After saving up for the trip, it is important you learn how to save money on a round the world trip. Knowing how to save money will help to ensure the resources you have are sufficient to bring you back home after having a wonderful experience during your trip. Below are some simple ideas on how to save money when traveling the world:
Shop Around for Cheap Flights
Obviously, your trip will take you to several countries. You will have to choose the first country you want to visit on your trip and find cheap flights on a convenient date. Be sure to also look at flights from that country to the next country you will be visiting, in case you have to fly. There are many websites that can help you compare fares and flights. Be sure to look for fares charged over a period of several weeks to find the cheapest flights. If you are working with a tight budget, you have no other option than flying economy class. That said, shopping around will save you a lot of money in air fares.
Make Advance Bookings
There are two things you will need to book early to ensure your trip will not only be a success, but also affordable. The first is flights. The second is accommodation. When you book a hotel room a few months in advance, you can be assured of getting the lowest rates. The same applies to air fares.
Choose the Right Accommodation
One of the best ways of saving money on your trip is to choose affordable accommodation. Hotel prices usually differ greatly, so you should consider looking for a 2-star hotel in a safe neighborhood as opposed to sleeping in 5-star hotels on a trip that may take several weeks. In fact, you should explore the option of sleeping in a hostel or a tent if the situation allows. Since you may visit a city without tented accommodation, you may have to choose an affordable hotel.
Rent an RV or Campervan
When traveling through a continent, you may want to rent an RV in your destination of choice. If you want to travel through Africa with your family, for instance, you can rent a small RV that can accommodate all of you comfortably. This is a much cheaper option as you only need to fuel the RV and drive around the continent. However, you should have at least one other driver in the vehicle to ensure you do not drive when you’re tired. This can be a spouse or an older child who holds a suitable drivers license. Driving across the continent in an RV will save you a lot of money in terms of reduced accommodation costs. You will also avoid costly air fares across the continent.
Choose Events and Attractions Wisely
The main attractions in every tourist destination are usually in high demand, and they have been priced accordingly. Since you are on a journey to experience new things, you may want to spend your time in events that can be life-changing or ones that can improve your life. For instance, you can take a cooking class. This will teach you how to cook amazing foreign foods. You will also take home with you some amazing recipes that will transform the quality of your life. That said, cooking classes are usually cheap. Additionally, you can go to a local public beach to swim, enjoy the local scenery and meet new people. This will not cost you anything.
Use Public Transport
Most countries around the world have public transport systems that are incredibly cheap. In fact, some cities offer free transport. All you need to do is get a card or pass and use the public transport system in a city. This includes the metro and high capacity commuter buses. When traveling through Europe, for instance, you can acquire the 24-96 hour city pass in Amsterdam to enjoy unrestricted or unlimited access to the city’s public transport system. This will save you a lot of money in reduced taxi fares.
Travel in the Off Season
The laws of business dictate that when demand is high, prices must be hiked. That is why air fares and hotel prices are usually high during summer. To save money on your trip around the world, you should consider traveling in the off season. For instance, if you would like to visit the Serengeti, do it before the wild beast migration as hotel rates and tour packages are usually much cheaper. You will not be at a disadvantage as there is a lot of flora and fauna as well as amazing landscapes and other natural wonders to see. If traveling through North America or Europe, do it in early spring before people start planning for their summer vacations.
Carry Water and Snacks to Tourist Attractions
When planning to visit an attraction in a given city, you should buy fruits, water and snacks at the local market and take them with you to the attraction. Snacks and souvenirs are usually sold at exorbitant prices at tourist destinations, so this can help you save a lot of money.
Rent an Apartment Instead of Hotel Room
There are many people around the world who have an extra bedroom and live in attractive tourist destinations. You can rent one of these rooms and save a lot money sleeping in a comfortable and secure home. There are many websites and mobile applications that can help you find the right room or apartment to rent. Before making your booking, however, you should conduct the necessary background research and due diligence to ensure you do not regret your decision in the future. In addition to these tips, be sure to also make a budget before the trip and stick to it.