Travel is the only thing you buy that makes your richer. -Anonymous
I remember our school trips. They were always full of fun and the excitement because at that time they were my only way how could I discover beauties of the world, although it was just a trip to the next village. I also remember when it was only about buying stuff – candies, clothes and sometimes a souvenir for my mum.
It was not that I spent all my money on the useless things but let’s say that the trip wasn’t about the exciting sightseeing. However, over the time I understood that travelling wasn’t only about buying stuff that I will never use again, but it was mainly about the experience.
Of course, don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to say that spending some money on the road is bad – it’s good to buy some souvenir time to time – but try to remember for what you spend so much money? (maybe not now but in the past) Maybe for unnecessarily expensive food, for clothes or for a cheap and cheesy souvenir? That’s okay, I did that too.
Sooo, today I want to show you what I’ve learnt from time to time travelling and how I save money on my trips.
1| Cook your own meal and bring your own drink
I know, I know. It may sound a quite old school and also like a lot of work but if I’ve learned something, it’s that the homemade meal saves you a lot of money and the time too. On a lot of places, mainly in big cities, restaurants are quite expensive, not to mention tourist areas. These places are the most expensive because sellers know that tourists don’t mind spend more money.
Or if you don’t want to spend so much time by preparing the meal, go explore some side streets with cheap but quality grocery stores for example.
2| Don’t buy useless stuff
Spend your money rather on things that will leave you an amazing experience than on things, that you will never use again. You can, for example, go to the theatre or museum and use their day discounts. You will remember that forever and won’t regret spending some money.
3| Take a FREE walking tour
I found out that the best way how to explore some city is on foot. No tram or bus, just me and my legs. Although it can be sometimes quite exhausting, you can’t remember arrival times of bus and don’t be in a hurry AND you save extra money for tickets. That’s cool, isn’t it?
4| Use student and other discounts
Are you a student or big group of people? Why don’t use it in your advance? Many places have discount offers – 25% or less – still it’s a discount and you can use it to save money. In Vienna, we saved about 4$ on student discounts. So, don’t forget to mention that you’re a student, a teacher or a group of people because it may come in handy.
5| Travel off – season
Everybody knows, that travel in the main season may be more expensive than travelling off-seasons. I know that Europe can be nice in the summer but try to travel just before the main season or right after. The off – season can be the warmest but prices are low and people in the restaurants are happy to see you.
6| Use special train tickets
There are a lot of cool train tickets that can save a lot of money and not just because you are a student but because you book your ticket just the day before your trip or you use daylong tickets. I save about 3$ with the daylong ticket to Prague.
7| Talk to the locals
Who else know where to find cheap places and quality markets than the local people? Don’t hesitate and ask them if they can help you find something cheaper. Plus who knows, maybe you find some new friends and find out something interesting.
We all can enjoy the best trip in our life without spending a dime and save some extra money on the next trip. It just needs some time and your passion and you can find cool prices for a penny. Enjoy your next trip!
What are your tips to save money while you are travelling? I am curious to hear them all!
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