My best traveling tips for every budget
My best traveling tips for every budget
Anyone who knows me can surely confirm that traveling is my greatest passion. I know, I know tell us something new, who doesn’t – but let’s face it, I just never get enough of traveling. The older I get, the less time I have for it tho, unfortunately. The good thing is, I have more money available for my travels. To get all my trips under one roof (this year I went to 12 different destinations in the end), my boyfriend and I still had to get creative and learned to use every euro perfectly. Today I want to share most important tips and tricks with all of you, so you too can explore the world, even with a smaller budget (apart from the use of well-known sites like Urlaubsguru, Expedia & Co).
Before I start, I just want to say that I am aware that I did fly too much this year. So, one of my “travel resolutions” for next year is that I want to fly less in general, but if I still have to get on the plane (which is not avoidable for some destinations), then mostly direct flights – most emissions occur while takeoff and landing – and the additional purchase of CO2 allowances to compensate for the pollution.
As long as you are not tied to fixed holiday times, you’ve already cracked the jackpot. The cheapest offers (and quietest places, or at least quieter places) you will find between February and the end of May, and from September to November. The reason for this is quite simple – like the normal trade market, tourism too is classically based on supply and demand – how much prices can vary, you can see best if you try to book a hotel (no matter where) for New Year’s Eve … If you have now chosen a date in the period of the “shoulder months”, there are two things that help keep the costs as low as possible. Number 1: book early! It is said that you can find the lowest prices either six months or just 30 days before the start of the holiday , in my experience, however, nothing beats the “early bird bonus” (unless you are extremely flexible, then you can get real last – minute bargains).
Speaking of flexible, this brings us right to number 2: A little flexibility in terms of travel time (ie a few days earlier or later), of course, helps to save money. You can also find the button +/- 1,2,3 dayson various flight or hotel booking sites such as booking.com, which makes the search much easier.
I probably do not need to explain to you that there are sites like Airbnb or Booking.com. But who thinks that he gets the best deals there, can sometimes be mistaken. Sites like Booking.com charge 10-15% of the booking price (that is, the money you spend on a hotel room) from hotel owners as a commission. At the same time, all hotels represented on Booking.com are not allowed to advertise a lower price on their homepage. However, to work around this commission, many hotels often offer deals and discounts on a personal phone call that you would never find online. Therefore a short phone is always worth a shot.
Also good to know: The cheapest night in most hotels is often Sunday. As many travelers often leave on Sundays and business trips are not really starting before Monday, hotels are quite empty on a Sunday night. So why not extend your holiday until Monday?
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After you have already saved on general travel and hotel choice, it would be a shame if you now spent countless euros on water. I never leave my house without my reusable stainless steel bottle. The best part, I’m not only saving a lot of money, but also tons of plastic waste. Of course, there are still enough destinations where you won’t find tap water on site, but you can save at least a few small plastic bottles here too. By the way, there are also apps like “Tap”, which show you the closest source of tap water.
By the way, saving money without actually saving money is also possible when eating lunch. At lunchtime you will find countless 2- or even 3-course lunch menus that are priced significantly cheaper than most dishes around dinner time, but suffer neither in quality nor in quantity.
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To give you an idea of how much a trip will cost you when you’re there – how expensive restaurants etc. are in the holiday destination in general – you can also check out this page . There you can compare the cost of living index of the destination country with your own country to get a sense of how expensive things will be compared to other countries.
My last tip is a quite a new find for both of us. Who does not know, either the exchange office or the own bank, charge a worse exchange rate than on the stock market or even add additional fees? Since our last trip, we are using online banks such as Revolut or Transferwise and so far have gotten out most of the pounds, dollars or even shekels for our Euros without any problems.
You have any other tips and tricks? I would love if you share them and we all learn from each other!