It is time for your dream vacation. Whether it’s surfing in the Gold Coast or island hopping through Southeast Asia, quite often holidaymakers can tend to spend more than what their original budget allowed for.
However, it is still possible to go on that trip of a lifetime without breaking the bank! Below, Debt Relief Canada have outlined guidelines that will help you steer clear from seeking information on debt help and consumer proposals in the future.
The key to budget travel is research. It is as simple as that. Research, research research.
Make sure you head online before jetting off and research the area you are going to first. Have a look through tourist information sites, TripAdvisor, blogs and other resources to learn more about your destination.
With enough research, you’ll get a feel for what the budget travel options are and then with that information you can start making plans.
- Booking flights
Figure out where you can get a lot of bang for your buck, use a flight aggregator tool like Expedia or Kayak to find the cheapest prices for your chosen destination(s) before booking with an airline directly. You can also use comparison sites to find the best value around including SkyScanner.
- Booking a car
Skip the traditional rental agency and go for a budget option like Enterprise or budgetcarrentals.com. If you have a big enough budget, consider going on a road trip in a campervan, you can find plenty of companies offering budget options to make your budget go further.
Depending on your destination, you may be able to bring your own car. Not only will this save you on the initial travel costs but you can also utilize carpooling to save some extra cash. Meet up with likeminded travelers with a similar itinerary who need a ride and split the costs involved. This will save money for everyone.
- Booking a hotel
When looking for budget hotels, consider going with a hostel if you’re traveling with other people. You can split the cost of everything among everyone in your party, so it will put less strain on your budget than if you were to book separate rooms at every place you stay every night.
Again, depending on the destination, you can always bring along a tent and camping gear o save some money on hotel costs. Save money by sleeping cheaply under the stars and opt for campsites over hotels and B&Bs.
- Staying Local
If you’re on a budget, why not consider taking advantage of home-sharing? Sites like Airbnb can connect you with people around the world who are willing to rent out their homes for budget prices. The benefit? You get an authentic experience that won’t cost as much as hitting up hotels everywhere you go. In fact, it might be cheaper!
- Saving on Food
When budgeting for food, try not to get caught up in eating out every day. Pack some snacks and drinks from home to keep your budget going further. You can even consider going vegetarian one or two days a week. Not only will this save you money on the road, but it will also keep your budget healthy (and keep you in better shape too!).
If you’re looking for ways to save money on your trip, the above guidelines are a great place to start. Check out and find the best deals on hotels and rental cars and find out how to cook your own food on the go. With a little bit of planning, you can stretch your travel budget further and have more fun while you’re at it. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your next adventure!