Travelling doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many money-saving schemes out there that you can sign up to, and increase your travel budget. After all, the more money you can save on-the-go, the longer you’ll be able to continue travelling for. Check out our suggestions and choose a few to sign up to – you won’t regret it when you start to see the savings you’re making.
Whilst you’re travelling, you’ll probably be taking quite a few flights. By signing up to the loyalty schemes that different airlines offer, you’ll be able to start earning frequent flyer points you can use to cut the price of future flights, get upgraded or maybe get some freebies thrown in. It’s something worth investigating.
- Flexible mobile contracts
You’ll want to keep in touch with friends and family back home – but it can be quite expensive to make calls when you’re abroad. Whilst it’s good to use things like Skype and Facetime when you’ve got access Wi-Fi, not everyone in your family will be that tech-savvy.
Check out what offers mobile providers do for people travelling. To get you started, Vouchercloud suggest Vodafone Passport (calls cost 75p for connection and then standard home rate charges) and T-Mobile World Class (calls cost 55p per minute for contract customers).
You won’t be taking your entire travel budget with you in cash. You’ll need to be able to access your funds easily – without it costing you loads – when you’re abroad. Luckily, there are some good options available including credit cards (Creation Everyday and Halifax Clarity come recommended by Money Saving Expert) and specialist travel cards.
If you’re from the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, then you’re in luck – you can register for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get access to state healthcare for a reduced cost or free in those countries.
Accommodation is one of the most expensive things about travelling. But you can easily stay with locals and meet like-minded travellers by signing up to Couchsuring. It’s the perfect platform to meet people and socialise without it costing you a fortune, as members can look for places to stay as a guest in someone’s home. More often than not, they’ll also give you great tips for where to go in the local area to have a great time.
- Download a budget tracker
If you’re taking a smartphone with you, make good use of it by downloading an app to help you keep track of your spending. It’s easy to lose sight of what your money is for when you’re desperate for a good coffee – having a clear overview of what you’re spending on travel, accommodation, food and more will help keep your priorities in check.
Cities can be the most expensive places to stay in and explore – so if you’re planning to spend a lot of time in the world’s best cities, you should get creative with how to save some money. One of the best ways is to investigate what travel schemes they have on offer.
The last thing you want is to not be able to go and visit the key landmarks because you’re on a tight budget. Most travel passes will allow you to get around for a capped price – in London, for example, travelling on the underground in zones 1 and 2 is capped at £6.60 a day when you buy a visitor oyster card.
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