There are lots to see and so much to do that all over the world that at times it can all feel a bit overwhelming knowing what to do first. The big question is, though – can you see lots on a small budget, and can you stretch your budget just that bit further to experience more? If you are prepared to stretch things and save money while travelling you will feel more and ultimately experience more, so where should you start first?
Book in Advance
It may sound simple, and it may sound boring but booking accommodation, transport and travel in advance will save you money. For example, looking at Atlanta airport parking, you will probably see that it is more affordable and competitive to book in advance of your stay. Similarly, with accommodation, the earlier you book, the more you are likely to save. Getting organised and planning out you where you want to stay and when will no doubt take out some of the spontaneity of your travelling and trip, but you should be able to see the monetary results quite early on.
Helping out local communities and local areas is good for your soul and your wallet (or purse) too! By trading some of your time in return for discounted accommodation or cheap food is well worth doing, especially if you are planning to stay in the same spot for longer than a couple of weeks. You may be able to find local volunteering opportunities through social media and also through word of mouth. If you are travelling on your own or with your family, then you should be able to find opportunities that can help you integrate and live like a local.
Leave the Local Tourist Hotspots
When you visit a new place or area, always look at where the tourists go or congregate, then from here decide where you would like to go next. Obviously, if you follow the well-trodden tracks or paths, you will pay tourists rates, but if you get off the tourist track and you start to see the location you then start to see things more like a local which should enhance your experience.
Have a Budget
Overspending can be easy to do if you do not know how much you can afford to spend each day. Create and stick to a daily budget and ensure that your budget covers food, drink, local travel, and accommodation if required. Even if you do not have a budget to start off with it should not take you long to establish the prices and costs of items.
Plan Out Your Route
It is simple, but so many travellers do not bother planning out their route and so do not end up knowing which way is more cost-effective and better value for money. When routes are planned out, you can ensure that you do not miss out on anything, from local festivals to national festivals and events.