The best way to get the vacation of your dreams is to know what you want out of that vacation. It is best to read up on the place’s history, things to do and where to go to. Once you have an idea of where you want to go and what specific things to do there, then you could probably have a rough estimate of how much you’ll need.
Here are some tips on how you could stick to your budget.
1. Buy food at supermarkets or from street vendors.
When travelling, whether on a budget or not, it is not ideal to stop by expensive restaurants and try out their famous dish. Cooking for yourself is another fun experience because you’ve got new ingredients to try or new ways on how you’d prepare it. Street food is often a great way to taste the flavors of a new place. It’s a new experience. It is cheap. It is delicious.
2. Get discounts.
Always plan ahead. Check for your destination’s off-season time because more often than not, everything you’d be paying for would be cheaper and you could bargain for the price!
3. Horse-drawn carriages.
When travelling, being fabulous on how you’ll get from point A to point B is useless. Instead of hailing a cab or maybe booking a plane ticket to nearby places, always go for the alternative. Buses and trains are always available. Now is not a time to be like a President and have your own chauffer.
4. Get out of your comfort zone.
Checking in on a 5-star hotel is a big no, no! It will eat up your budget. Small motels or hotels are available everywhere. They may not have a queen size bed with silk linens but sure enough you could sleep and regain your energy in the beds they provide.
Always consider the exchange rate when you travel. Always, always, always compare the exchange rate in banks and small shops. (even the 0.25 cents matter!)
Shopping would never be out of the to-do list of women! Always keep your receipts for tax refunds and take advantage of Duty Free Shops.
7. Do not over-pack.
As much as possible, limit your stuff into a carry on. Checking the weather forecast would aid you in packing only what you need. Remember that you always have the option to wash your clothes!
8. Don’t buy souvenirs.
Pictures are worth a thousand words. Take lots and lots of them!
9. Age, Student and Membership Discounts.
Always remember to take your ID and membership cards with you. Museums, theme parks and even some restaurants give discounts to students.
10. Talk to the locals.
Travelling does not only entail to entertain your eyes but also your heart. Travelling is the best avenue to make new friends. Be friendly and chat with them. They will tell you where to eat, where to go and what to do.