How To Travel Abroad On A Budget
Travel is a sensible and rewarding outcome of heart-pumping adventures, exciting expeditions and finding your Zen. But no matter how amazing the prospect of such plans sound or how eager one is to break off from their regular life patterns, many takes a step back once they come face to face with the reality of International trip expenses. Flights, accommodations, logistical expenses and what not-- many people get scared and back off while some go out uprooting their entire life, cashing out their life savings, selling last bit of their personal belongings (maybe except their travel necessities and items of clothing) and become full-time explorers.
Not to worry, you don’t really need to cash out your entire life’s work for you to become a globe-trotter. Some wise decisions when out there in the wilderness can go a long way. There are several loopholes and way around when it comes to travel budgeting and financial survival. Traveling need not be a luxury if you have a budget plan handy as had been done by several wanderers leading the way. Still not sure? These tips will certainly help you make a foolproof budget plan for your journey:
1. Don’t leave anything to chance, PLAN away
Though spontaneous outings really appeal more to everyone’s desires, it’s not a practical way to go when planning your trip abroad on a budget. Also, that doesn’t mean you need to plan everything down to last and minutest details, just a rough layout of your plans. Why? This is optimal if you want to avoid any unforeseen and unnecessary expenses which would further strain your budget and disrupt your peace of mind.
Get a map of the country you’re visiting and outline the route you’re planning to take and places you’re gonna visit and draw up a plan that can be the most advantageous to you in terms of expenses involved. Get a map of the country you’re visiting and outline the route you’re planning to take and places you’re gonna visit and draw up a plan that can be the most advantageous to you in terms of expenses involved.
2. Kick it off with destinations that are cheap
Trust me when I say people, there are innumerable locations around the world, a few of the popularity grid and some well within it, which can be given excellence awards for being ‘Pocket-friendly holiday spots’. You might just say right off the bat that it’s the Asian countries and Southeast Asian countries like India, Indonesia, Vietnam etc., but let me just stop you there. Everyone knows about these being some of the greatest places for affordable travel abroad, but I am also talking about the places that’ll surely make your jaw drop simply cause never imagined these to be on the list.
With names like Hungary, Iceland, Chile, Tanzania and Costa Rica the cheap destinations list goes a long way with many more names you didn’t even think would be up there. Upon looking closely you can find affordable options for staying, eating and even airfares.
3. Save a huge chunk when it comes to accommodations
From youth hostels, to host families, to thrifty motels and inns, every country around the world has their fair share of these. With the current young demographic becoming part of the Wanderlust movement more of these are popping up everywhere to accommodate them. Shared living or a hostel life abroad can prove to be a really valuable part of your experience given the people, both young and old you’ll be meeting from different walks of life and not to forget the attachment you’ll feel toward the local people and the culture is one of the highlights of tours like these.
Shared living or a hostel life abroad can prove to be a really valuable part of your experience given the people, both young and old you’ll be meeting from different walks of life and not to forget the attachment you’ll feel toward the local people and the culture is one of the highlights of tours like these.
4. When it comes to air tickets, be a smart buyer
This is where everyone holds their breath when it comes down to the nightmare called ‘heavily priced air tickets’. One of the most taxing parts, in terms of expenses, an international air ticket can certainly take a big chunk out of your travel budget but not if you’re being smart about it. There are innumerable websites that provide cheap airfares and even some providing comparison of air tickets. What you can do is create a watchlist of the same and keep a look out and you are sure to find an air ticket that suits your needs.
Another way out from spending thousands on expensive air tickets is signing up for a frequent flyer program and using points or miles to book tickets. It has long-term advantages as well and over time you’ll come to get air tickets at really great discounted prices. Get uncomfortable and forget about business class, go economy and save a lot. And the last trick is choosing flights during odd hours, like mid of the week, early morning flights which are usually cheaper than the ones flying out in the evening or during the weekends.
5. Off-season is the best season to plan your trip
Avoiding the peak holiday season can prove to be a really smart decision when traveling economically. There’s a particular time of the year termed as ‘Shoulder Season’ by the tourism industry when the tourist influx is really low due to several reasons like not so popular weather conditions, holidays are far off and the businesses are eager to attract customers. This is when airlines and hotels in several destinations across the world lower their prices to a great extent which they do in order to incentivize the tourists to visit during the off-season
6. Having a daily budget helps as well
Whether or not you have any money constraints, it’s always good to have a plan ready for your daily expenses jotted down so that you don’t stray far off. Estimating the cost of air tickets, food and accommodations make up for most of it leaving some room for miscellaneous expenses. It is also advised to have a contingency fund when going abroad. That being said, an expense plan like this helps in coming up with a rough estimation of expenditures and also helps you in determining whether or not you can opt for a longer tenure abroad or if you need to cut your holiday even short.
The Internet is the best place for you to extract information about daily expenses and everything about the destination of your choice. So get searching! It is also advised to have a contingency fund when going abroad. That being said, an expense plan like this helps in coming up with a rough estimation of expenditures and also helps you in determining whether or not you can opt for a longer tenure abroad or if you need to cut your holiday even short.
7. Get a quirk in your step and entertain yourself
If you are going abroad for an international festival, or attend some concert or maybe even for some special activities, be sure to keep your funds ready and set aside for the same. If you are simply an explorer, then you have a boatload of things to do like hang out with the local people, walk down to local hotspots, and explore by yourself. Take up little outdoor activities and spend time with making friends with trusted local people and you’ll surely get to see a good time.
8. Pack like a Pro
Though there’s nothing much concerning your budget when it comes to packing although after a careful assessment you’ll see how small things even count. It is pivotal that you pack all the necessary items you’ll be needing without any fail otherwise there will be added expenditures. Other than that besting incidental expenses can save a huge chunk as well. Like no matter where you’re going, it is good if you are packing in an umbrella, a waterproof jacket, some light warm clothes, and shoes accordingly so that you can brave the changing weather conditions if you face any. In doing so you will be prepared and your funds, protected!
9. Money saving 101 while abroad
You can save money even on the littlest of things when abroad. If holidaying with allocated funds is an achievement that you want on your belt then these tips will go a long way for you. Food expenses abroad make up for a huge part of the money spent during your journey. Tips that can help you save in this front is home cooked healthy meals if you have the amenities, or go out and discover diners or food stops where you can get healthy and filling meals at minimal prices.
Also, keep a reserve of some snacks ready from the local stores so that you don’t have to make a food runs every time your gut calls out to you for something to eat! Now that you’re eating responsibly, you are also ready to commute responsibly. Every city has their own means of cheap public transports, from buses, the subway, trams, tuk-tuks, rickshaws to shared cabs, all of which goes easy on your pockets and get you to your destination on time. But on a personal note, I would also advise not to go out of your way to save money and choose safety first when opting for a mode of transport in an unknown place, especially if you are solo.
10. Work away your money fears
If you go through the internet you’ll see working while on a travel abroad is not such a new concept and has been here longer than you can think. Nowadays there are even organizations which make the process easier by bringing these opportunities a step closer to you. From short-term work opportunities to long-term, you’ll be able to save up some and then spend some in a country of your choice. Work on weekdays and explore on weekends, or work 5 hours and enjoy the rest of day exploring.
It’s a lucrative method that has been taken up by many young tourists which simply makes financial survival easy. From short-term work opportunities to long-term, you’ll be able to save up some and then spend some.
Budgeting for your trip abroad can prove to be a time-consuming process but not anymore because you have these tips and tricks handy. Work and travel and keep your monetary fears at bay. Now is the time to jump in on the adventure of a lifetime. Get your booking TODAY.