Traveling can be really expensive. But once you get bitten by the travel bug, you can’t seem to help yourself. Wanderlust takes over rationality as you embark on an adventure. However, you should not live like a pauper in order to save up for a trip.
Preparing for a trip should be a fun and exciting experience, money woes just dampen your excitement. So here are 10 tips to help you save (and make) money on your travels!
1. Use Flight Aggregators
It may be impossible to check the price of every single airline flying to your destination. Instead of manually tracking 20 airlines individually, use Skyscanner or Kayak to find the cheapest flights! Learn more from our previous post – How to get a deal when booking.
You could also use the Backpacker Travel Flight Search Engine, which additionally includes a selection of low-cost airlines in the results to ensure you get the absolute cheapest price.
2. Skip a Flight
Sometimes it may be cheaper to book a flight to a city that is past your destination and get off at the transfer airport. Skiplagged, is a great site that searches for these types of fares. They even got sued by United Airlines because the airlines don’t want you using this method. This method can be difficult to find a fare that fits your itinerary since the system only works if your destination is a hub city of the airline you are flying and you have no checked baggage.
3. Refunds When Your Flight Gets Cheaper
Some websites offer refunds if flight prices drop below the price that you purchased your ticket at. To track flight prices use websites such as Yapta to help keep track of ticket prices.
Unfortunately, this service is currently only available for a selection of North American based airlines but it is worth noting.
4. Buy a Transport Card
Transport within a city can be really expensive. Buying a transport card could certainly help you save money in some major cities. For example, the London Oyster Card has a daily maximum cap so you won’t have to pay more after exceeding a 6.40 Pounds. This is very beneficial if you plan on taking a bunch of trips in a single day.
5. Compare Hotel Prices
There are a number of sites that let you search for, and book a hotel room at a discounted rate (often as cheap as a hostel). Rooms can be sorted according to price, the number of stars, reviews, and a variety of other filters. It is so much simpler to compare and check room rates.
Backpacker Travel has partnered with one of the biggest and best hotel comparison sites – Hotelscombined.
If you’re looking to compare hostel prices too, try the inbuilt Backpacker Travel Hotel Search. I definitely recommend it!
6. Airbnb – Rent Someone’s Home
If you are looking for a home away from home, Airbnb is definitely the place to be. Why not book an entire holiday villa while traveling to Bali with your buddies on a surfing trip? It is so much cheaper compared to booking multiple hotel rooms. In addition, you have all the amenities you need such as a kitchen, multiple showers and in some cases, a pool.
Bonus: If you haven’t used Airbnb before, Backpacker Travel are giving you a $20 credit to use on your first booking. Claim your credit here.
7. Work on the go
Try your hand at working on a farm or just by helping locals who need a hand. Many sites offer accommodation and possibly board as well in return for work. The most popular ones include WWOOF, HelpX and Workaway. The duration and the benefits of each job depend on the Host. Some hosts offer accommodation and activities after long working hours while others offer a meal for shorter working hours.
9. Student Discounts
Use a website such as StudentUniverse or STA Travel to find discounted flights. Membership is generally free and really simple. All you need to do is to verify that you are a current student (or faculty member), but these tickets save you on average $100. It’s great if you are planning to travel while on an exchange program or during summer breaks.
10. Join Penroads
As we grow older or busier with our lives it is hard to pack-up and leave for an adventure. Schedules clash. Destinations don’t match up. Why not join Penroads and make a new friend to travel the world with? Having a travel buddy could bring double the protection and savings. You can easily share fuel cost if you are road tripping or food cost when cooking at the hostel.
Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive. There are loads of tips and hacks that can help you save money while you travel, but sometimes the information can be a little overwhelming.
That’s why the team at Penroads decided to make an ebook filled all the different hacks that will help you travel cheaply for a more meaningful experience. The ebook is completely free! Feel free to share it with your family and friends if you think that it is useful.