Unconventional ways to save money while traveling

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The main thing that usually holds people back from fulfilling their dream of traveling the world is money. But everyone deserves to travel, and can too. Here are 5 simple ways to save money while traveling and still have the time of your life.

Act like a local

When you’re at home, you most likely know how to save money by shopping at the cheapest stores and which attractions are free.  So there’s no reason not to use this knowledge on holiday too.  The internet can be very useful in finding out where the best places to go are for saving money. Upon arriving you can also befriend locals and ask them for tips. This is not only a great way to save money, but it also gives you a more comprehensive understanding of the culture in the city you’re visiting. The smaller less-known restaurants and attractions that are off-the-beat-and-track are often the best both for your experience and wallet.

Travel Points

Most of your travel budget goes towards accommodation and transportation, so if you want to save money, you’ll have to find ways to get cheaper hotels and flights. And that’s where travel hacking comes in.  Hotel points and air miles are the way to go, as they can get you either free or discounted prices. For all the money you’ve already spent, you might as well get something back for it.It’s a simple and smart way to save money and allows you to travel like royalty without having to search for the cheapest flights and hotels.

Find cheap transportation

While traveling abroad, there are many ways to save money on transport. However, it all depends on what you’ve got in mind for your trip.  Perhaps booking a train ticket ahead of time is your best bet, or maybe getting a monthly rail pass will save you the most money. You have to do your research and figure out what makes the most sense.  Mainly in Europe, first-class train tickets are much more expensive than the regular cabin and are not all that different or more comfortable. Traveling by bus if you are not rushing will save you even more money. And if you are traveling with a group, sometimes renting a car and splitting the costs is the most efficient way to go, which also has an added element of comfort and freedom.

Choose your destination wisely

If you’re tight on money then you will need to consider your next travel destination very wisely.  Just because you’ve been wanting to go to a specific place, it doesn’t mean that other cheaper options are not worth seeing too. Do your research and find out what will offer you the best deal as well as an unforgettable experience.  Often the average popular tourist spots are very commercial and crowded anyway.

Work while traveling

Working while traveling is a great way to both save money and make money while you’re abroad. It makes the most sense for someone who is traveling for a long period of time and has more time to spend abroad. If you are traveling for just a week, this is not an ideal situation. But many solo travelers go away for months at a time, and if this is you, then working at a hotel or hostel for example can provide you with a free place to stay as well as extra cash to enjoy the your holiday during your time off, especially since this type of work is in shifts. Working at a restaurant as well will give you some free meals. And if you have a specific niche, such as singing then try performing at a bar. If you’re talented at yoga, offer some classes.

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