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You don’t have to spend a small fortune to see the world. Follow these simple tips and start planning your dream vacation now.
Select a budget-friendly destination
It may already be a deal-breaker but your destination can make or break your budget too. Certain locations are more affordable to travel to than others if you consider their distance from your home, their currencies and their existing tourism infrastructure. Developing countries like South Africa and Thailand have a very low exchange rate and therefore offer more cost-saving opportunities for travel at any time of the year. Avoid over-crowded tourist trap locations, as this is where you’re likely to be charged high fees for cookie-cutter travel experiences. Instead, select lesser known areas which are still pleasant, but may offer you more for your limited budget. If you’re unable to afford airfare, opt for an inter-continental destination instead. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area that is often frequented by tourists, save some money and explore your own city.
Find affordable accommodation
You don’t have to stay in a hotel to save on cash. Affordable accommodation is often just an online search away. If you do want to treat yourself to a 5-star getaway, Groupon.com often offers affordable prices on hotels and accommodation. Before you go, you should also use TripAdvisor.com to research affordable experiences in your dream destination, so that you can avoid expensive tourist traps when you arrive. Have a wonderful trip!
Consider all of your options before you book flights
When travelling overseas, the largest and unavoidable price tag will be your airfare. But there are ways to limit your spending. Consider non-U.S. airlines when travelling internationally as you’re more likely to find more affordable airfare options. When travelling within Europe or Asia, you’ll receive more affordable rates from regional discount airlines instead of on a major carrier. Check airfares regularly for drops in pricing and off-season sales and sign-up for e-mail alerts from your preferred airline. Use websites like expedia.com or travelocity.com to compare and book flights. Often, you will even find a good deal when combining flights and accommodation. Be willing to give up on little luxuries like seat reservations, checking additional luggage and priority boarding. And airport transfers can be costly, so consider alternative forms of transport.
Before you rent a car, consider the cost of fuel
When travelling internally, it may be tempting to rent a car and drive to your next destination. Car-rental prices may be affordable, but it’s important to consider the cost of fuel in the country you’re visiting. Use Tripadvisor.com’s “Tank of Gas” tool to correctly budget for your fuel. You will also need to factor in the costs of tolls, parking, potential fines, insurance and service charges.
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