Wanderlust is an increasingly common affliction. If you spend your days dreaming about tropical beaches or pristine snow-covered slopes, you’re not alone. The world is more accessible than ever before, but traveling can be expensive. As much we’d love to take time off to spread our wings, sometimes, multiple vacations aren’t viable. If you’re saving up for your next trip, here are some hints and tricks to make traveling more affordable.
When to go
When you’re planning your next vacation, think about when you could go. If you’re able to travel outside of peak times, you could save a huge amount of money. If you don't have children, for example, taking a vacation in term-time is likely to be much cheaper. Likewise, prices are much lower out of season. If you’re going skiing, for example, prices will be lower at the end of January than at Christmas and New Year. If you’re planning a festive trip to New York, look at flights at the beginning of December rather than dates closer to Christmas Day. Sometimes, even altering your dates by a couple of days can make a massive difference.
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Where to book
Are you searching for flights? If so, make the Internet your first port of call. Using a search engine, you can compare flights from a number of different airlines. You can narrow your results according to the dates you want to travel and how many stops you’re willing to make. You can also change your departure and arrival airports. You can also compare prices with additional features, such as hold luggage and extra leg room.
Before you book flights, look online for discounts. You can often make use of deals like MakeMyTrip Offers if you sign up to coupon sites.
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Where to stay
Once you’ve sorted your flights out, you may turn your attention to accommodation. If you’re backpacking, you may find that you get better deals when you get to your destination. If you’re staying in a hotel, you’ll usually find preferential rates online. If you book a flight and hotel together, you may benefit from additional savings. If you have a specific hotel in mind, use a comparison site to compare rates. Different sites may charge varied fees for the same hotel. If you’re going with a group of friends, consider alternative options. It may be cheaper to hire an apartment or rent a villa or beach house, for example.
What to do
Are you planning to do some trips and excursions on your travels? If sightseeing is top of your list, do some research before you go. You may be able to save money by buying a tourist pass. This is often the case when you visit major cities like London or Barcelona. Booking tickets in advance online may also be worthwhile.
Many of us would love to travel more, but we don’t have the funds to do so. If you’re looking to save money on your next vacation or a round the world adventure, these tips may come in handy.