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How To Travel On A Budget


Works for me!

Cheap traveling means research, research and research for the best deals in town. It takes time and energy. For people who don't have the patience for this kind of research settle for expensive hotels and over-priced deals. I believe traveling does not need to use up all your pay cheque for the whole month. It shouldn't be a financial burden but an enjoyable, affordable and memorable trip of a lifetime.

Here’s a list of things that helped me save a few bucks on my travels. As a girl who just wants to travel and does not want to go home broke and happy, this is how I do it. I hope it helps you out in some way. Let's go!


1.Airfare

Simple. Book ahead of time. The earlier you book, the cheaper the airfare. In this way, you can be flexible with your activities and get an ample amount of time to research. If you save more on your airfare, you’ll have more budget for activities. 

We've used different kinds of flight comparison websites for the past few years but I personally trust Skyscanner. Most of my Asia trips were possible because I get to book cheap flights. I do all my price comparison like which months is cheaper to travel to a certain destination and book my flights to the links provided in Skyscanner. I preferred going to the links that goes straight to the airline website. My husband loves using "Hopper" another platform to compare flight prices. 



2.Accommodations

Location, location. Make sure you know what you want to do; if it’s a city tour, shopping spree, hiking trip or a beach escapade. I've used two sites when booking for my cheap accommodations at places like guesthouses, inns, hostels, homestays or hotels. I always go for backpackers hostel when I was single travelling around Asia.  It's a fun place to meet fellow travellers, plus a great way to find awesome activities around town.  

BOOKING.COM
I love this site because they have a "pay later" or "pay upon arrival" when booking for rooms. This gives you options to cancel bookings, manage activities and figure out the location, and if transportation works going to your destination. 

Booking.com

Most travelers I know booked from this site. I try to be flexible when it comes to my bookings; I go for whichever site gives me a cheaper price.


These websites are secured and tested. I haven't encountered any problems with bookings. I also make sure my booking went through my hotel by email confirmation. It's better to call them ahead of your travel date to validate their location and/or to update for late arrivals. 


3. Tripadvisor reviews

If you're going for accommodations with  less stars and unknown services, then better try to check their reviews online. I try to check especially when booking for a guesthouse. Always make sure the place is clean and safe. It's always nice to hear advice and reviews from fellow travelers. You'll never know that your future most-unforgettable experience might be found from the review section. TRIPADVISOR.COM

TripAdvisor


4.Read Blogs

Most of my travels are guided by blogs and reviews. Some by word of mouth from friends and family. The blogger community is there to provide tips and feedback for different kinds of adventures. It's nice to have someone guide you in your travels. 



5.Vouchers

I love GROUPON. There are plenty of deal choices: travel, fun activities, shopping, fitness and different kinds of services at a cheaper price. A few rules and regulations to follow, but that's where booking airfare ahead of time is crucial for cheap traveling. This allows you to plan out your activities according to the voucher deals. 

I have brought all kinds of deal with groupon like weekend getaways, muay thai lessons, wine tours, photo bookings, archery activities, helicopter tours and even my ukulele.

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6.Sleeper Bus / Night Bus

It's not really a comfortable ride, but you get to experience more adventure. You save more too. It's cheap and you can just sleep the ride away. By the time you reach your destination, it's already daytime, opening your eyes to beautiful landscapes. Plus, you save yourself a one-night accommodation fee. 


7.Act like a Local

Blend in and absorb the country’s culture and tradition. If you're just going to a very famous fast food chain and to the mall, then maybe might as well stay in your country of origin - you have it all there. Try local food and beverage. Check out their famous spots and try their activities. It's way cheaper compared to imported goods and you get to appreciate the wonders of different cultures. 


Make Friends with the Receptionist

I'm always good with people; I treat them with respect because that's how I want to be treated too. This totally hit me when I was on my first solo trip. The receptionist took great care of me, offered me cheap deals and gave me further discounts for my bookings. A few times our rooms were upgraded to a bigger room or we got a balcony. Just being nice attracts more good things to happen in your travels. 



8. Make an Itinerary Reminders

a. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

b. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

c.Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back. Car Rentals: Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

d. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

e. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).




9.Baggage


Try to bring less so you get to skip the baggage conveyor belt and the hassle of lost baggage. Bring a backpack, carry light clothes, one running shoes will do and just mix and match your wardrobe. It also saves you a few dollars for your flight ticket, bus or train trips and even with boat rides. In addition, it's also easier to transfer from one place to another with just a backpack on hand. 


10.Connect and Disconnect


Lastly, connect to people and to nature, feel their presence and existence. Disconnect from the online world. You don't need to travel with a data plan. I don't and I survived; that's why you do your research ahead of time. It's nice to find people who try to help you out - do it old-school. No data plan means more savings. Besides, you'll have wifi in your hostel; try to message your mum before your hike or before your scheduled bus trip or when you get back to your place.


The wonders of traveling is felt more when you talk to people. We lose touch of human connection because of the online world. Let's bring back deep conversations and those friendly touches to our lives. Friendly touch for me is like a pat on the shoulder, a tickle in the side, touch of a hand and simply high fives. People nowadays seem shocked when confronted with these kind of gestures. We are too attached to our mobile phones that we forget how to have a good time in real life. Disconnecting for a few days is the best way to unwind.

Bonus tip: Capture your memories. Bring a camera.

I would never leave for a trip without my camera. Footprints fades away. Laughter's will always be in our hearts but locking in a memory through a camera's lens is priceless. The joy of reminiscing past trips and memorable experiences through pictures is undeniably satisfying. 

Have fun and be safe ^__^




Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).



Do you want more adventure?
An adventure is more exciting if you have someone special with and here's Why you should travel with your partner before saying I do 

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to Los Angeles, California and I have here a survival guide on how to go around the city.


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