Travel on a Budget4 min read

Travel on a budget
Hello!
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It’s officially summer and while lots of people are jet setting on summer holidays around the globe, you might be wondering how you too can afford a vacation. Today’s blog post is going to be my top tips for travelling while on a budget. Personal Capital actually gave me the idea to do this post, so if you are looking for help with budgeting or want more tips, they cover everything from travelling tips to budgeting for a wedding! **FYI, I am not being paid to do this post**

Airplane wing in the sky.

BEFORE YOU GO…

1.  Use a flight comparison website
I personally like to use Skyscanner. If you are not tied to specific dates, they will bring up the cheapest dates to fly to a particular place. You can also search for flights to a particular place, or to anywhere if you are unsure of where to go, and they will show you the best prices.
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2. Be flexible with flight times
It may be a pain to have to travel super early in the morning, but it is often the cheapest. And it’s always nice to have a full day ahead of you when you get to your destination. I saved about $300 at Thanksgiving by taking an early morning flight!
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3. Look for different types of accommodation
Websites such as VRBO and Airbnb can be cheaper than staying in a hotel. Search using the specific filters you require and put in your budget. Also, be sure to read reviews of the place before you book it! I usually stay away from a place if it has no reviews.
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4. Join flight/hotel reward programs
These reward programs can often lead to an upgrade or you may be able to purchase using points if you have built up enough. I am a member of British Airways executive club and I have been upgraded to business class three times!!
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5. Travel using different modes of transport
Flights may be the most convenient way to travel but they may not always be the cheapest. If you can get there by train/bus, check out the prices. It may not be as fast as flying but it can save you some money.

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Old Town

WHILE YOU’RE THERE…

1. Public transport
If you can’t walk to a place, take advantage of the public transport (if there is a public transport system). You can often buy weekly/monthly passes and this can work out cheaper than constantly buying daily passes.
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2. Free museum days
Most places offer free entrance to museum on at certain times on specific days of the week. Be sure to look out for these.
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3. Walking tours
Take a look to see if there are walking tours offered at your destination. This is one of the best ways to see the place and learn about its history, and for a lot of them, you can pay however much you think it is worth.
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4. Free events
Search the internet to see if there are any free events going on while you are there.
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5. Coupons
Groupon is a great website for scoring deals on attractions, restaurants, bars, and so much more!
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6. Student ID
If you have a student card, make sure to bring it with you as you can often get discounts with it, even if you are in a foreign country!
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7. Yelp
Yelp was my best friend when I lived in New York! When looking for a place to eat or even a place to bring my laundry to, I would read reviews on Yelp before making a decision. This helped me to not waste my money on places!
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Road Trip

ALTERNATIVELY… 

1. Roadtrip
Explore your own city/country and take a trip to a place you have never been before. This is something I really need to work on! Ireland is a really beautiful country and I have seen so little of it, so this should really be a goal of mine!
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Crowd at Concert

FINALLY…

My biggest tip when travelling is: spend money on experiences, not materials. It is nice to collect a souvenir from each place but besides that, you will really appreciate it later if you spend your money on experiences rather than materialistic items. Experiences last with you forever, materials don’t!
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Thanks for reading!
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Have you any tips on how to save money while travelling? Be sure to leave them in the comments 🙂
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Until next week,
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Ali x

8 Comments

  1. Christi
    February 3, 2017

    These are wonderful tips

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  2. Meg
    February 3, 2017

    We are going to a free museum day this weekend! In the states in winter but thankfully where I live it’s not hazardous conditions so I can drive up to Chicago for the day! Great tips!

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    1. Ali Bourke
      February 12, 2017

      That sounds fun! Hope you enjoyed it 🙂

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  3. Great ideas and tips! I never thought to use Groupon in a city I was visiting – so smart!

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    1. Ali Bourke
      February 12, 2017

      It’s always good to grab a bargain 😉

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  4. Isi does it
    February 3, 2017

    Pretty good and basic tips for traveling on a budget!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. John
    February 4, 2017

    Great tips! Being flexible on flight times and being open to connecting flights / transfers has saved me a lot of money, and AirBnB is my favorite thing to happen to travel in a long time!

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    1. Ali Bourke
      February 12, 2017

      Yes, connecting flights can save you a lot of money too! I haven’t actually used AirBnB yet but I love the idea of it!

      Reply

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