Whenever I tell people about budget traveling in the present time, when inflation raises its head every other day, they won’t take it under their kind consideration until I tell them the tips and tricks which make it possible. Not every person on earth is rolling with money and yet the wish to roam around all the exotic locations and tourist destinations is the same. Moreover, in my view it is not good to have one’s wish unfulfilled only because of their financial grounds. However, I support the concept of cost-effective tourism as it allows enjoying along with teaching the most important lessons of life in just the communal way.
I love the notion and perception that comes with every kinds nods and understands that being a low-cost nomad does not only mean to save money every each and then but also it is the most trendy and cost-effective way of wandering around. Here are some basic tips by which you can save a lot of bucks during your trip and you could proudly tag yourself as a Successful Budget Traveler.
COMMUTE IN OFF SEASON
People often prefer to go on a trip during the peak season. The idea behind this preference is that the tourism companies fill their websites with loads of offers claiming to offer the cheapest deals and discounts. However the truth is off the track. It is a logical calculation depends on the phenomenon of demand and supply. The more the demand the higher are prices and lesser the demand lesser the prices. And remember, the historical monuments, national parks, exotic natural locations are all same all the year-round leaving some exceptions. There are several benefits of sightseeing in an off-season. The very first is that you will have the confirmed booking everywhere. Be it the hotels, trains, flights or car rental sector. You do not have to compromise for your desired brand of services. Moreover, you do not have to pray to get the confirmed and cheap tickets. Apart from that, during the peak season, all the famous tourist destinations are filled with all kinds of tourists. Even if you are riding to some far-flung areas with the aim of finding some solace it is not possible during the peak season. Therefore off-season roaming is more beneficial and cost-effective.
SLASHING DOWN THE LODGING COST
It’s the most common mistake every commuter does whether knowingly or unknowingly. They often tend to book their hotels nearby the famous tourist destinations of the city. Being often flocked by the tourist the charges of rooms are quite high and during the peak season it got almost doubled owing to the increase in the demand. On the other hand, the lodges and hotels at the out skirts are cheap and affordable. You can always hire a taxi to reach to the main tourist destination of the city which is a possible decision to make.
FLY ON WEEKENDS
The phenomenon of demand and supply also implements on the air tickets. The ticket flights are sold on first come first serve basis. The last-minute booking is costly and could take away the major part of your balance. All the corporate persons, professionals ride extensively on all the weekdays and traveling on the weekends is the last thing they want to do. Therefore the weekend prices are low compared to weekdays prices. Therefore if you are considering buying the ticket then try to plan your itinerary around the weekends.
Pick Up Your Rental Car First Thing in the Morning
The more early you book a cab more are the chances to get the lowest price deal. Like the flight tickets, the car rental services are also bounded by the availability of the car at the time of booking. So try to book your taxi as early as possible. Go for the smallest and compact ride that can accommodate you along with all your belongings. And if you are lucky enough, then you also could get a free upgrade at the same price.
AVOID THE SPLURGE RESTAURANTS
While excursion, go for the local motels and roadside inns to check out how palatable the local cuisine is as you can always have the best dishes back at your home. Give it a try to taste the local specialty, made with local ingredients and in their own peculiar way. This way you will be more aware of the cuisine designs of different locations.
MORE AND MORE BARGAIN
As a part of business, the tour operators often try to sell the tour package at inflated prices. Don’t hesitate to bargain. The more you bargain the more are the chances that you can cut the better deals. As they are here to sell their products and there is no way that they could let you go. Therefore, always try to bring down the said price and there is every chance that you will get one.
SMALL TOWN DOES HAVE SURPRISES
The metropolitan towns and cities are costly than the suburban areas. Yet there are several major tourist destinations in the suburban and small towns and cities. And the cost of meals, lodging, traveling is quite low in small towns and cities in comparison to metro cities. Yet the amenities are all the same. If you are planning to explore this season then it is most probably the chances to learn more about the culture and legacy of different places then you must target small cities for sightseeing, as these are the places where you can find the same. Malls, water parks, fast food chain restaurants may come and go but legacy is something which continue to exist for centuries.
DITCH TRAVEL GUIDE
The last but not the least, you should always try to become a guide for yourself, though the guides are useful, but not as much as they charge for their services. Instead of hiring a guide, you can also search over the internet for earlier information about the destination you are about to explore and its weather, traffic rules etc. and many other concerned things so that you could save some bucks.
To close, there is nothing bad and shameful if you don’t have the handful of money. What is bad is the hesitation that forbids you to step out and mingle with the wonderful world waiting just outside at your doorstep.