Traveling and moving around frequently tends to be considerably more expensive than staying in one place. There are certain efficiencies that are possible when being a careful traveler, traveling slowly rather than at a breakneck pace because you only have a two-weeks of available vacation time.
Here are a few ways to save money as a traveler.
Bring Your Own Tent
Many countries, including the U.S., have approved campgrounds. The cost per night to pitch a tent and setup is always less than renting a room by the night; usually a fraction of the price. For travelers in the U.S. who are taking their vehicle with them, packing a quality, high-tech Coleman Sundome tent is a great idea. It has excellent ventilation features for hot days, supports up to four people sleeping, has hooks for hanging clothes, and convenient mesh pockets to store little items to avoid losing them.
Find Local Restaurants, Not Tourist-oriented Ones
When you’re not equipped or ready to cook your own meals when camping out (see the previous suggestion), you’ll need to find places to eat that won’t cost the earth. Avoiding the big chains and looking for smaller local restaurants to both give them your trade and find a few affordably priced meals is best. You’re more likely to get access to regional or local dishes that you won’t necessarily find well produced at national restaurant chains.
Plan a day out hiking or walking in town by researching ahead of time to locate the best restaurants that are affordable. Most have at least a Facebook page, if not a website, so it’s usually possible to see their menu and prices before you go there. Look for recommendations from fellow travelers who have previously commented on how good the food was to avoid a culinary disappointment.
Avoid Expensive Drinks
When you’re away from home, the need to stay hydrated can cost a lot. This is especially true when you set aside the health benefits of purified mineral water and go for sugary drinks that hit the spot temporarily but leave your mouth feeling like a candy bazaar! Many of these refreshments aren’t as refreshing as one would hope. You’re better off loading up on some quality water from a respectable brand that you trust and avoiding the empty calories. This way you can indulge in some treats while you’re on vacation and not worry so much about your waistline.
Weigh Up the Benefits of Each Tourist Attraction
Many tourist attractions were created to get your money but offer poor value. It’s a good idea to look at reviews of different locations and decide for yourself what is worth your time and money. Quite often, there are guided tours that add little value whereas other trails are free, and you can get the same amount of pleasure from them without the crowds of people. So, avoid the tourist traps wherever possible and try to get as local an experience as you can. Most likely you’ll have more fun that way and save money too.
It’s possible to save money as a traveler by being sensible and avoiding obvious rip-offs. Not everything with a high price tag is worth it. Look for the activities and places that let you fill your bucket or cross the place off your to-do list while not cleaning out your pocketbook at the same time.