From dream vacations to weekend getaways, the outburst of COVID-19 has hit hard on the travel plans of the people all around the world. But with Unlock 3.0, the tourism industry is slowly picking the pace. If you are planning to travel after the COVID pandemic, start researching and gathering information from now. This is the golden time to plan your finances and know how to save money while traveling.
Post Covid-19 pandemic there will be a huge hike in tourism. Corporations in the tourism industry charge more on everything to cover the losses that they faced during the lock-down period.
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Don’t worry!! Our money-saving travel tips have come to your rescue.
Here are the 10 tips to save money while traveling
1. Make a realistic budget and stick to it
Plan your budget ahead before choosing the destination and always stick to it. If you don’t prepare for a realistic amount and find yourself overspending constantly, not only will you possibly run out of money, you’ll find yourself in a sour mood and cutting back on things you might need near the end of your trip. Do a little research about the destination so that you can be aware of the expenses you will incur.
Always travel with a group of members, so that you can share and save money. The universal rule of expense sharing being directly proportional to effective spending is also applicable while you are traveling.
2. A little longer trips can save your money
The best way to save money while traveling is to take a little longer trips less often rather than many short trips. On shorter trips, you have to spend more money taking faster transportation. The longer the trip, the more time you can spend on slower transportation. Instead of paying more bucks for a boring short flight, you can take that 6-hour bus trip filled with memories.
Other hacks to save money while traveling are:
- If you are planning to travel by flight, always book in advance as it reduces the price.
- Always prefer a night journey as the day time can be spent on sightseeing.
- Always use public transportion at the destination.
3. Book the right hotel
Ask these questions before checking into a hotel:
- How much time are you actually going to use your room?
- Will you just be sleeping there?
- Do you need a room with a good view or so much extra space?
The prices of hotels are less when traveled in the off-season. Always search for great deals online and book in advance. Checking-in in the morning or mid-day can save you money as hotels charge more for evening or night check-ins.
Try to stay somewhere that offers free breakfast. You can usually negotiate a free breakfast into your stay- you almost always can.
It’s sometimes cheaper to stay away from areas with big tourist attractions. You can always go to the attractions and then head back to your hotel to sleep.
In some cities, walking just a few blocks can slash prices at restaurants. Try not to eat at attractions because they tend to raise the price to their captive audience. Also, eating at local stores allows you to taste the local cuisine without having to pay the price of a restaurant.
Other hacks are:
- Try not to eat at the tourist “international” joints where the menu has a little bit of everything.
- Try not to eat right on the beach in expensive places.
- Do take away when you can as some places charge service fees, luxury fees, and seating fees.
- Always carry a one-time or two-time meal and a water bottle while traveling.
Haggling (bargaining) is a common thing and expected in India. Vendors often start by quoting tourists double or triple the market price. If you don’t haggle, you’ll end up paying much more than necessary. But, also know when to stop and pay a decent price.
Taxi and auto-rickshaw drivers are notorious scammers, never ask or agree with the driver to take you to a restaurant or a hotel of their choice. Make sure you click a picture of a bike or car that you are renting to avoid paying for the damage you never made.
6.Go off season
You can usually find cheaper plane tickets and hotel rooms by going offseason, and there may be more availability. You will not have to deal with large crowds and attractions. Just make sure places are open. Do some research and see when is the best time to go – it’ll be the month before or after the tourist season kicks off.
7. Always check for free activies
If you do a little research, you’ll see there are often lots of free activities in the area. Look at community calendars to see what is going on in town while you are there. Do a self-guided walking tour to familiarize yourself with your destination.
If you’re a student, see if a tourist attraction gives a student discount and show them your student ID.
8. Read a travel blog
Find out who is a pro in the region you’re visiting. They probably have hundreds of tips on their site to help visitors save money plus can tell you the best hotels that are up to date rather than only look at what Lonely Planet is telling you.
9. Pack appropriately
If you pack what you need, you’ll prevent buying it on the road. Research your destination well before and pack what is necessary.
10. Track spending
While traveling write down everything you spend on. If you write it down you’ll see how often you pull out money and think ahead asking yourself if you are going to have enough money to complete this trip. If not, you need to cut back.
There are apps to help you track spending such as Mint.
As of now in India, tourist destinations such as Goa, Ladakh, Sikkim, North East of India, Pondicherry, and Andaman and Nicobar are relatively Covid free and these are the best places for leisure travelers and honeymoons.
Some travel trends post covid:
- Road trips will gain popularity.
- Nature and wildlife tourism will receive fillip.
- Eco-tourism and village based tourism.
Thanks for reading. Stay safe.
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