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5/11/17 at 01:04 PM 0 Comments

7 Frugal Tips to Help You Travel More in 2017

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Travel is rewarding in a number of ways; it gives you new perspectives, teaches you new things, helps you meet new people, and gives you a break from your ordinary life. Younger generations, especially, consider travel important for living a full life, citing cultural experiences and local foods as main priorities when traveling. Anecdotally, talk to people you know, and a majority of them will agree that they wish they could travel more often. So why don’t they?

For most people, the biggest drawback—and prohibitive factor for taking trips—is the cost. Day trips to local destinations may not demand much in terms of expenses, but once you factor in flights, hotels, and the cost of eating out, even a basic trip can run hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Budget-Friendly Strategies
Thankfully, it’s possible to travel—and truly enjoy yourself—on a frugal budget.
Here’s how:

1. Shop around for the best prices. This tip should go without saying, but don’t settle for the first offers you come across—and that goes for airfare, hotels, and attractions alike. There are dozens of resources online that can help you do research and make decisions here, including TripAdvisor, Kayak, and Expedia. Depending on what you’re looking for, some sites may be able to offer you special deals, and some may offer unique package combinations, so be thorough when initially investigating your options.

2. Travel at the right time of year. It’s also important that you time your journey to coincide with off periods of travel if you’re interested in finding the best deal. During the holidays, such as the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, travel prices tend to increase. They will also increase or decrease based on your location—for example, many big cities in the United States tend to peak during summer months, when families take annual vacations. However, different destinations have different ebbs and flows, so do your research before making any firm commitments.

3. Take free tours. No matter where you’re headed, there will likely be free tours. Strawberry Tours, for example, offers free walking tours in cities on most major continents. Tours are important ways to become familiar with your destination city from a high-level perspective, and can also point you in the right direction of free and inexpensive things to do.

4. Find free attractions. You can drop lots of money to see shows, visit popular museums, or engage in other high-profile activities, but don’t underestimate the value you can get from free activities. Visit fascinating architectural structures or national parks. You can even get enjoyment from just wandering around the city, people watching, and absorbing the culture. You don’t have to spend money to have a good time.

5. Meet locals. Go out of your way to talk to locals. Not every local will want to carry on a conversation with you, but the ones who do will likely offer valuable information. Not only will they be able to recommend free and inexpensive places you can go, some of them may even befriend you and offer you accommodations. You never know until you talk to them, and who knows? You could walk away with a lifelong friend.

6. Stay at a hostel or share a room. If you don’t want to count on the kindness of strangers but also don’t want to shell out money for a hotel room, hostels are some of your best options. Most hostels have restrictions based on age, but if you do your research ahead of time, it shouldn’t be an issue. Alternatively, you could use a service like Couchsurfing to find willing hosts in your destination area, and find a way to make it worth your host’s while to accommodate you, such as running errands or cooking dinner.

7. Buy food and drink wisely. Speaking of dinner, food and drinks can be some of your biggest travel expenses, so be smart about when and how you buy. Shopping frugally at a local market, instead of eating out, can save you hundreds of dollars on your trip instantly (and you’ll still get a taste for local flavors).

Pulling the Trigger
You want to travel more often, and with these strategies, cost shouldn’t be as big of a challenge. The biggest limitation you’ll face in traveling more in 2017, then, will be your own procrastination, your own inhibitions, and the excuses you make to delay getting started. Instead of falling into these mental traps, make a commitment to follow through on your plans, and if possible, be spontaneous with your travel.

There’s no time like the present, so stop wondering about “someday,” and travel now.

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