Many people wish they could travel more, but few actually do because traveling can be expensive, especially if you go out of the country. However, if you know where to look, you can find ways to travel on a budget that will take you to the places you’ve always wanted to see.
There are some destinations in the world that are still very cheap to travel to, but you can go almost anywhere in the world on a budget. Budget tourism is becoming more popular, especially with young people and retired folks who don’t have as much money to spend on travel.
Travel During Low-Season
One way to save money when you travel is to fly to the destination of your choice during the low-season. While you may not have the best weather for your trip, you can save a lot of money on airfare, lodging and sometimes transportation in many areas when you travel during the low-season.
When planning to visit countries like Greece or Ireland during the low-seasons, plan your trip and call ahead to see if they places you wish to visit are open. Many businesses, hotels and restaurants close during the low-season. However, there is a trade-off, you won’t have to put up with the crowds to see popular tourist sites.
Alternatives to Hotels
If you don’t mind roughing it a little, you can find many budget accommodations in most countries and large cities that you want to visit. For the younger crowd, youth hostels are a great way to travel and meet people from all over the world. You may have to share bedrooms and do chores, but you can generally find overnight lodging for just a few dollars a night.
For older travelers, elder hostels, which changed its name to Road Scholar, are available all over the world, including the United States. They offer lodging and educational or cultural tours for travelers that are at least 55 years old. Many of the tours offer lodging, tours, meals and transportation and you can find tours to fit all budgets.
Rather than rent a car when you reach your destination, you can often use public transportation that will cost much less than rental fees for a vehicle. If you are traveling between countries, especially in Europe, you can purchase train tickets that will take you between cities or countries for far less than airplane fare or rental fees for a private vehicle.
Don’t overlook the value of walking or cycling when you are in compact cities as well. Parking can often be an issue when you are in a large city, but if you are using public transportation, a bicycle or walking, you won’t have to worry about parking a car and paying fees to do so. It’s also a great way to see the city up close.
Try a Resort
If you are heading someplace warm and close to the beach, try booking an all-inclusive resort when visiting Mexico or the Caribbean. These resorts offer a room, meals, beverages and some include activities to enjoy while you’re there. For instance, you may be able to book space at a resort in Cabo San Lucas during the summer months for about $215 per night double occupancy. With the room, all of your meals, beverages and some activities included in the price, you can enjoy yourself for far less than if you booked a room in a regular hotel.
Trying budget tourism is a great way to see the world without spending a fortune. You just have to be willing to be more adventurous when you travel.