Travelling can be expensive, but you don’t want to let costs and budgeting stop you from exploring the world. Believe it or not, it really is possible to journey through the corners of the earth while still being mindful of money. When taking a trip overseas, it’s the little things that can add up, so try out these travel hacks to save you money on your next trip:
1. Book in the afternoon
Prices of flights fluctuate constantly, depending on the day and the time you choose to book. So, to save money, be sure to choose an afternoon slot as morning flights are generally pricier due to business travellers.
2. Check less popular booking sites to compare prices
The internet has been a blessing in disguise. Not only is it now easier to book flights and accommodation, but you can compare prices in a matter of seconds. Try to stay away from popular, mainstream comparison websites and opt for the smaller ones instead. Chances are you’ll nab a bigger discount.
3. Choose affordable accommodation
Right, this may seem like a no brainer, but it has to be said. Yes, it’s nice to stay at a 5-star hotel with staff serving you hand and foot, but you’re also paying for those luxuries. Meaning less money for things that you actually want to do. And cheap doesn’t mean uncomfortable. There are plenty of accommodation options available that won’t break the bank but will still provide you with a nice place to stay.
4. Don’t change your currency at the airport
Let’s face it, you’re going to be incredibly under the pump in the weeks leading up to your holiday, so changing currency at the airport seems like the most convenient of options. But exchange booths at airports are known to give the worst rates, so it’s a good idea to dedicate a little bit of time and get your money exchanged beforehand. That way, you’ll have a lot more in your pocket.
Do you have any money-saving hacks that we should know about?
This article originally appeared on Over60.