Travelling on a Budget
We all want to travel but we don’t always have the budget to do so, this life hack will give you some tips and tricks on how to travel on a budget and get the most out of your trips. These are the best years of your life, save your pennies, pack your bags and head off on an epic adventure!
We all dream of travelling the world, perhaps you want to run with the bulls in Spain or lie on a boat in Croatia while time passes you by. Whatever adventure you are chasing and where ever you dream of travelling to you should do everything in your power to make it happen. Obviously budget is a big factor in where you can afford to go and how long you can travel for so here are some top tips to get you across the world faster!
1. Find cheap flights
Budget airlines offer some incredible deals throughout the year through sales and unsold flights, check out Skyscanner.com it’s super easy to use and you can request the prices for multiple legs of multiple flights at one time and compare the prices with all the airlines for you. Just be aware that even though flights at first glance may seem cheap you have to take into account that most budget carriers will charge you a premium for extra baggage, inflight food and priority check in. If you plan and pack light you can avoid most of these costs, but just keep an eye out for them.
2. Getting from A to B and sometimes C
The subway, buses and your two own feet are your new best friend. With prior planning, google maps and a clear understanding of your plans each day you can map out your route using public transport and saving you a huge amount of cash in the process. For example you can purchase a Eurail pass for as little as $670 and travel to up to 28 countries all via train. No hassle, cheap accommodation and the freedom to travel Europe at your own pace. Sounds great right?
3. How to save on accommodation
When it comes to saving a buck hostels are still the cheapest way to go, most independent hostels have higher standards but be sure to read reviews and understand exactly where you will be staying. They’re a great way to meet other people your own age travelling but they can also bring with them some unsavoury character types so ensure you research your hostel accommodation thoroughly and keep your wits about you should you decide to stay there, the best way to find hostels these days is through hostelworld.com. You can read reviews, book your room and see images of where you’ll be sleeping – definitely worth a look.
Another great option is Airbnb, there is an extensive range of sleeping options from fold out lounges, to whole apartments. Cash never trades hands, there are in depth reviews about the hosts and living arrangements and usually your hosts will be more than happy to point you in the direction of the must see and do attractions in town.
4. Staying in contact with loved ones and family
All hail technology and communication! Most cafes, airports and shopping centres will have Wi-Fi you can connect to Facebook or Facetime family and friends. Mobiles are easy to buy and you can pick up pre-paid sims for next to nothing in each country but the cheapest and easiest way is just to connect to Wi-Fi and use Skype, WhatsApp or Viber. All free and the connections are usually free! Be sure to call your phone carrier here in OZ and let them know you will be travelling, they can talk you through roaming bundles just in case you are unable to use Wi-Fi or in case of an emergency. E.G Vodafone offers roaming for just $5 a day in most countries, kind of worth it for peace of mind. Don’t forget if to turn your data roaming off and turn it on only if and when you can’t connect to Wi-Fi.
5. Show me the money
Is it better to use your Australian debit card or to do your research and get a travel money card? Well here are the benefits for using a travel card, debit card and credit card, now you just have to work out what’s right for you!
Benefits of a travel money card:
- Locked in exchange rate
- Load multiple currencies
- Less risk.
Benefits of a credit card:
- Good exchange rates
- More funds available
- Concierge services
Benefits of debit cards:
- Cheaper ATM access
- Good exchange rates
- More control on what you are spending because it’s actually your own money
Compare your travel money cards here at canstar.com.au
Having the right travel insurance is critical when travelling abroad, travel insurance essentially covers you against most travel risks such as medical costs abroad, lost or stolen luggage and cancellation cover should you not be able to travel due to unexpected medical reasons. Your travel insurance policy will cover such things as:
- Personal liability cover
- Losses due to unforeseen cancelations or having to cut your trip short if you fall ill
- Emergency medical cover
- Death and disability cover
- Luggage cover
In many countries medical treatment can be super expensive and Medicare will not pay or reimburse you for any medical expenses you incur overseas, if you require medical attention while overseas you may be liable for all of the costs associated with your treatment if you don’t have travel insurance. Travel insurance will ensure you get the best quality care and that you can be transported back home or to a better medical facility if needed. Another added benefit is being able to claim reimbursements should there be disruptions to your trip due to adverse weather conditions, delayed or missed flights or if there is a serious emergency and you need to fly home. Finder.com.au can help you to compare and purchase the policy that is right for you. Trust us, you don’t want to leave home without it!
Student Discounts and Cheap Flights
If you are a student, then you are in luck! There are many travel partners who offer some pretty gnarly discounts if you are still at school or studying.
If you’re booking flights, we recommend checking out the following sites to get the best student discounts:
They can also help you with accommodation and what to see in the cities your visiting. Especially if it’s your first time abroad you should lean on these types of services for help and get clarity on what to do and where to go. Remember to keep your student ID’s safe with all of your other travel documents.
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