There are people who have been able to travel around the world completely free of charge or at very little cost. Prove that you do not have much money for travel. All you need to do is be creative. Here are 20 easy ways you can extend your travel dollars.
1. Start saving
As part of saving for your trip, make a plan. When planning, put in one column a list of all the things you want. In another column is a list of how you can reduce or eliminate these costs. Predict and save the amount of money you will need now.
2. Register to receive the traveler's benefits
Many companies now offer these as part of their product offerings. For example, banks will provide travel points on credit cards whenever you travel and use them.
3. Look for airline tickets deals
Popular airlines often have ticket deals and sales at certain times of the year. Schedule your flight times around these times so that you can save on airline ticket prices. Also, schedule your mid-week trips when most business travelers or vacationers don't fly.
4. Detect destination packages
These are great ways to save money. You can get comprehensive packages, especially at resorts, for less at certain times of the year.
5. Check with your employer
If you work for the government or for a large company, check with your employer for destinations that have benefits around the world for employees when they travel. Take advantage of these benefits and save your money. Travel with a guide from your employer to your destination. It may still apply even if you are retired.
6. Check with your school
If you are a student, especially a college student, check with your school for travel benefits that students may receive. You may also be able to access international student programs that will save you money when traveling.
If you are in high school, ask your parents or guardians to search for sites for possible school trips. There are usually reduced group packages that save them money and are cheaper than if they would do it on their own. Usually, the teacher or school employee will accompany the students on the trip.
7. Join a charitable or religious organization
There are some charitable and religious organizations with missions abroad. As a member of a mission, you'll get free travel. However, please keep in mind that you are on these trips to help others and not for your self-gratification.
8. Set a travel budget
It is very tempting to get carried away while traveling. You will come across many things to spend money on. Set a travel budget and stick to it.
9. Staying in cheaper housing
If you're not on a travel package that offers you hotels at cheaper rates, consider accommodation that will cost you less but is still safe. These include bed and breakfast offers in private homes, campus rooms, monasteries, motels and country houses.
10. Try surfing on the sofa
You may have a friend or family member who lives in another country. If they don't mind being there, consider staying with them instead of paying for the accommodation. Another thing you can try is to arrange sitting at home. This is where you operate and monitor someone's property and pets while they are away. Finally, you can join the sofa surfing communities where you can connect and stay with locals for free.
11. Walk a lot
Save money with your feet and not spend on taxis or Uber. You can also wear smart shoes during your trip. Not only can it guide you and give you directions, but also burn calories.
12. Rent or purchase your own transportation
Instead of paying for taxis to places, consider renting or buying your own transportation. Usually two-wheeled vehicles, such as bikes, scooters or motorbikes, are best to rent or buy because they cost less. You will get more miles from these places to go to many places at a lower cost.
13. Use electronic evidence
There are now many types of guides you can access to help you navigate your vacation spot. You can access many of these GPS apps on your mobile phone. This will help you save money on tour buses and tour guides.
14. Cook instead of buying meals
Cooking is not considered a routine business trip. You can make it fun by trying some new foods wherever you are. Buy fresh food on the local market and try some new dishes. You can do an internet search to find out how to cook it, and it doesn't have to be detailed. Not only will this save you money, but you can also get to know the kitchen in another culture.
15. Look around for meal deals
Meal deals are not only available at international fast food restaurants. You can find it elsewhere too. For example, buffet-style restaurants, where the size of the dishes far exceeds what you pay. There are also restaurants that you can eat and other places that offer discounted meals on certain days. Some of them don't mind leaving you with the "dog bag" either.
16. Drink boiling water
You don't have to spend money on bottled water, which can increase. Use regular water from the tap and boil it. Cool it down and drink that. You can also use it to make drinks instead of spending on them too.
17. Entertainment deals
If you've got a vacation package, you won't have to spend more on entertainment. This will be provided every night for free. If you are traveling solo, due to negative events all over the world, avoid entertainment late at night and in certain places. Consider a local movie or concert.
18. Use your debit or credit cards instead of cash
Ensure that your card does not charge foreign transaction fees. Then, if you have to pay for something, use your debit or credit cards instead of cash. Depending on the country you are in, you may be able to save money on the currency difference. In addition, your card may have benefits such as insurance that protects your purchases or points that you can take advantage of against something else later. Every little benefit helps.
19. Shop at discount stores
You don't have to buy things from expensive stores for visitors or tourists. Duty-free shops at airports and hotel stores charge more for the same items than you can find at a local discount store. Look around, it doesn't have to be hard to find.
20. Gifts for others
If you have to take back gifts for friends and family, find cheap items. Small souvenir items are great and you don't need to buy them from expensive souvenir stores that cater to tourists. If you go out to explore, you can find gift ideas at local stores and handicraft markets.