8 tips on how you can be able to travel on a budget

Being able to travel and see the world has always been something that a majority of us aspire to do but for the most part we are limited by finances. However, did you know that you can still be able to travel while on a budget?  With some creative planning and a little bit of effort, you can still explore the world and have amazing experiences without breaking the bank.

Here are some tips and advice for traveling while on a budget.

1. Affordable Accommodation

Choosing affordable accommodation is key to being able to travel on a budget, this is because accommodation forms a large part of the travel budget. The good thing is that, nowadays, there are Airbnb’s which are a good alternative to hotels or even the bed and breakfast hotels which are cheaper than the more established hotels. However, if you love nature, there is also the option of camping where you can either carry your own tent or hire one at the camp site.

2. Plan Ahead

Planning ahead can save you a lot of money on flights, accommodation, and activities that you would like to engage in at your destination. One can start by researching the best deals on flights, accommodations, and activities which can help you plan the itinerary and budget for your trip. Also, it helps to book your flights and accommodation as early as possible so as to be able to secure the best deals.

3. Travel during Off-Peak Seasons

Traveling during off-peak seasons can save you a lot of money this is because the high demand during the peak seasons translates into high prices for everything including transport and accommodation.  In the Kenyan market, peak season is usually around holidays like December, Easter and anytime schools have taken a break so plan yourself accordingly. Other than saving you money, traveling in the off-peak season means fewer crowds, more authentic experiences, and most importantly better deals.

4. Embrace Local Culture

One of the best ways to save money while traveling is to embrace the local culture by simply avoiding expensive restaurants and trying out the local street food instead. One can also opt for homestays or hostels which can help you get a more authentic experience while at the same time saving on accommodation. Use of public transport instead of cabs can help you to better interact with the locals. Not only will this save you money, but it will also give you a chance to immerse yourself in the local culture and meet new people.

5. Flexibility

Flexibility is key when traveling on a budget, one should be open to changing your plans if you find a better deal or a more affordable destination. When one is flexible, you can be able to take advantage of last-minute deals or off-season promotions. Flexibility also means being willing to adjust your itinerary or travel dates to suit your budget.

6. Traveling Light

Alot us, but mostly ladies can’t seem to make up their minds on what to pack, this leads to one carrying a lot of unnecessary luggage. Other than being cumbersome, this can be costly if you have to pay extra for the baggage. You should only pack the essentials and consider buying any necessary items at your destination. If you need to bring bulky items, such as winter coats or hiking boots, wear them on the plane to save space in your luggage.

7. Local Sim Card

When traveling outside the country, it is advisable to get a local simcard in your travel destination. This is because, data roaming or paying for WiFi abroad can be quite expensive. A local SIM card with locally priced data packages can help you save on your communication expenses.

8. Cooking your own food

While traveling, avoid eating out all the time as this can be expensive in the long run. You can minimize your food expenses by shopping and cooking your own food which can also be the healthier alternative rather than eating junk food a majority of the time.