Travel Hacks For The Broke
So you are broke, huh?
Wondering how on earth you’re ever going to afford a trip this year?
Not to worry this article is for you.
1- Travel during off-peak season
Different countries have different peak seasons when travelers will swarm a destination like a plague of locusts. Do your research and find out what the peak seasons are for your potential destinations and plan to travel around those periods to save the most money.
2- Travel to countries with a favorable exchange rate
One of the best things about traveling to countries with weaker economies is that you get to take advantage of your own currency’s strength. For example, if you can get yourself a cheap flight to say to Egypt or Mexico, you will be living and eating like royalty in those countries.
A $100 in one of those countries would keep you very well-fed for a week and still have money left over for sightseeing and tourist attractions. Obviously, I would recommend having more than $100 to spend a week, but you can be extremely comfortable on a budget in countries with a weaker currency.
In some cases, you can even get by spending $5-$10 a day and experience so much.
3- Talk to other travelers
This is probably the most overlooked tip for all travelers. Ask around and seek people who have been to the destinations you are considering to get a better idea of what you’re getting yourself into.
Often times, people who have been to your chosen destination before can help guide you by suggesting affordable places to stay as well as activities to try out. The best part about doing it this way is you learn from other’s mistakes and avoid wasting money on trial and error.
So do yourself a favor ask around on forums like reddit and travel blogs online.
4- Travel on Tuesdays??
Yea, this one was a surprise to me but apparently historical data seems to suggest that traveling on Tuesdays is always the best decision for your wallet!
Who would’ve thunk it..
5 – Use public transport
In the age of convenience, not many have the patience to wait around to get somewhere. Most people would call a cab or an uber to get around a country, but if your budget is tight then you should consider public transport to help save some money.
While I do admit, Uber can be very cost-effective in some countries, it’s not always the most budget-friendly option, so definitely consider the public transportation and you never know what you’ll discover riding the bus like the locals.
6- Final Tip – Do Your Research!
You should definitely do thorough research before picking a destination. Sometimes certain destinations make more sense during a certain season, due to the cost of the flight alone. If you save a tonne of money on the flight then obviously that leaves more of your budget to actually play with on vacation.
You may have to be flexible and come up with a list of your favorite destinations and compare them to figure which one best fits your schedule and budget for that particular time.
If you’re doing an all-inclusive resort type of vacation then you don’t have to worry about much, but if you’re not….make sure you triple-check your accommodations and have backup plans in place incase something doesn’t go as planned. You don’t want to be homeless in a foreign country!!