Travelling refreshes both the soul and the mind. These days, whether you're a seasoned traveller or a first-timer, any day or time you decide to travel is an excellent time to begin planning your next adventure. It doesn't have to be a long journey; a weekend trip to a different location can satisfy your wanderlust!
Because millennials enjoy travelling but may not want to splurge, it's critical to take advantage of all opportunities to save money with these travel tips before you start packing your suitcases:
Plan in advance
Plan ahead of time. You are possibly the most liberated you have ever been in your life. You are not constrained by the responsibilities of maturity, such as children, spouses, and other obligations. While the world is your playground, and packing up and leaving sounds appealing, you should think about organising. With so many options, it's best to plan your trip around the cheapest times. Even if it's off-season or at an odd hour of the week, it may be worthwhile. Do your research before deciding on a time and date.
Draw up a budget
Planning and budgeting are typically tedious tasks, but this isn't just any budget; it's a travel goal budget for an adventure you'd like to embark on. After you've determined where you want to go, it's time to figure out how to get there. Learn more about the destination to which you intend to travel, calculate your expenses according to your budget, and look for deals online to compare and cut costs throughout your stay.
A road trip
Booking alternative modes of transportation can be time-consuming and expensive. Getting in the car with all of your friends for a few hours may be the most enjoyable part of your journey. A road trip can be a great way to save money while still having a fun holiday. Stopping along the way at camp sites or homestays, for example, eliminates the cost of luxurious hotels and resorts, allowing you to truly experience the journey on your own terms.
Travel during off-season
The time of year you travel may have a significant impact on your expenses. Off-season travel, on the other hand, usually results in lower airfares and hotel savings. Travelling during the off-season may result in less-than-ideal weather, but the savings usually outweigh the inconvenience. As you plan your next vacation, play around with different travel and lodging options. You might be surprised at how much the rates fluctuate.
Rent a vacation homestay instead of staying in a hotel
The costs are usually lower, and you get the opportunity to 'live like a local.' It usually includes amenities such as a kitchen and a washer, which can help you save even more money. You won't be charged extra luggage fees, for example, because you can do laundry. Alternatively, instead of eating out, cook a couple of meals at home.
Travel like a local
Explore destinations other than the usual tourist traps. Don't be afraid to explore your neighbourhood and interact with new people! This will enrich you with new experiences and create a journey that you will remember for the rest of your life.
It's important to remember that travelling does not have to be as expensive as some people make it out to be. Don't let others tell you that you're too young and inexperienced to see the world. If you are adaptable and open to new experiences, it could be the experience of a lifetime. Choose a destination, plan ahead of time, and go have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
(By Husain Khatumdi, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Ekostay)