Extreme Budget Traveling: Quick Travel Hacks for Your Next Adventure 84

Extreme Budget Traveling: Quick Travel Hacks for Your Next Adventure

This is a guest post by Joseph Sartori.

Do you still think that you need to spend thousands of dollars on traveling? This article will demystify all of your fears concerning budget traveling.

Here are some useful tips for buying cheap airline tickets, booking inexpensive accommodation, saving money on entertainment and restaurants and more.

Cheap Airline Tickets

• Buy the flight tickets earlier.

You’ll get a bigger discount this way.

• Don’t get them on Friday.

Friday is the most costly day for traveling by plane, so choose any other day.

• Ticket prices also differ depending on the low or high season.

Take into account this fact when you buy them.

• Book indirect flights.

They are much cheaper than the direct ones.

• Watch out for extra costs.

If you fly with low-priced airlines, be prepared to pay additional money for your baggage or take only a carry-on luggage.

• Avoid the most obvious tourist trails.

There is always something that is cheaper and worth your attention. Instead of going to overcrowded Paris, choose one of the 11 remarkable countries anyone can visit on a college budget.

• Explore your own country.

Make an investment in domestic tourism.

Transportation

• If you want to travel fast, book group transfers.

• Use Uber applications.

• Travel with a large company.

You’ll be able to share the cost of rentals (car and apartments), petrol, etc.

• Travel by motorhome.

Particularly if you plan to visit a country with a beautiful landscape.

• Make the most of the car you rent.

To take budget traveling further, your rented car can be used not only as a mean of transportation, but as a roof over your head and a place for storing your stuff as well.

If you decide to rent the car, pick the cheapest model to decrease the deposit amount.

• Pay attention to the free options provided by rental services.

You can get an additional driver or a full tank.

• Take your own navigator.

But do not forget to update the maps.

Hotels and Apartments

travel on a budget

• Last minute booking.

The hotel can be cheap if you book it in advance, but it can be even cheaper if you book it at the last moment (for today).

• Travel during the low season when hotels cost a fraction.

For example, most tourists go to Iceland in the summer. However, if you visit it in winter, you’ll get a chance to see the northern lights.

• Avoid holidays.

Do not travel on holidays and other important events like carnivals or conferences. The hotels will be super expensive and overbooked.

• Find a place in the center of the city.

Pick the hotel (apartment, hostel) close to the city attractions where you will be spending most of your time. It will help you save money on public transport.

• Check late in the evening and the hotel may upgrade your room for free.

• Get a private place.

In case you plan to live in one place for a long time, book a private apartment. Use Airbnb to do that.

• If you travel by car, consider the option of staying in motels or tourist camps.

Cheap Mobile Internet Is a Necessity

You can use it for booking airline tickets, hotels, navigating your car, and looking for restaurants.

If you are a student, it will help you get your assignments anywhere in the world, as well as a reliable paper writing service will assist you with any paper or task.

Travel Insurance

You can buy it online with a few clicks.

If you plan to practice sports in a foreign country, make sure to buy the sports injury insurance. If anything happens, it can save you lots of money.

Food, Drinks and Entertainment

• Eat at locals.

Try to avoid restaurants with rich décor and a menu on several sheets. They are intended only for tourists. Look for local places with a laconic menu. They are more natural and perhaps cheaper.

• Take a look at the menu.

Before entering the restaurant, examine its menu, which is usually hanging at the entrance.

• Ask for discounts.

Some hotel receptions provide brochures with the list of local restaurants and coupons for discounts, so don’t be embarrassed to ask for them.

• Don’t visit restaurants with the Tripadvisor’s sticker.

They are too popular and expensive.

• No need for a guide.

Don’t use the services of guides when you have excellent free audio guides and similar mobile applications. Buying a paper travel guide makes no sense as well.

• Find free events.

Many museums offer days when they can be visited for free. Look for this information, as well as for ideas for cheap entertainment, on the Internet.

As you see, these are very simple-to-implement yet effective travel hacks for budget traveling. Even if you use only half of them, you’ll notice that the budget of your trip gets reduced.

See also:

6 Steps to Prepare for Your Next Trip
7 Ways to Travel Smarter, Cheaper and More Often

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Becoming Your Own Boss: Tips on Getting a Business Off The Ground 8

How Writing a Blog Can Help You Live the Life You Dream About

Becoming your own boss is a complicated process, and not everyone does it the same way.

I got lucky. I was still working when I got my business off the ground, so I had a source of income while I was working the kinks out of my business. I did most of my work for the new business when I got home or on the weekends. I asked for a change in job responsibilities at the office so that I didn’t have as much on my plate.

This all gave me a chance to start earning money without going into debt. When it was feasible, I stopped working my regular job and transitioned into working for myself full time. It took about a year and a half.

Establish clear boundaries.

 

Sometimes people don’t take you seriously when you tell them that you work for yourself. They think you are always available to chat or have lunch.

I had a number of friends that would call me at all hours, assuming I was available because they wanted to talk. Granted, it was nice to have that freedom at first. But, I soon realized that if I was going to be successful, I couldn’t let those kinds of distractions interrupt my workday.

Save before you start working for yourself full time.

I was in pretty good shape when I made the transition, but looking back, a few more months with a paycheck would have been wonderful.

When you start your own business, money can be very tight. You never know what you are going to make month to month.

I had one customer that initially made up most of my revenue. That customer only paid on a quarterly basis, which meant that times were tough in between payments.

I had to spend money to build the business, which meant there wasn’t a lot left over. If I didn’t get a payment right on time, it was very difficult to deal with.

There were times when I had to ask for a loan from family members simply to pay my bills.

Reach out and build a support network.

4 Tips to Track Your Remote Employees' Progress Without Demoralizing Them

It can be really difficult to adjust at first. You have great days and you have terrible days. You meet goals some months, while other months you are left wondering where you went wrong.

If you make a mistake, you alone are responsible for it and your business and reputation can suffer. It is easy to feel depressed at times. You may even start to feel like you can’t handle running a business and that you made a big mistake when you left your office job.

Remember that you are not alone. All entrepreneurs have these moments, which is why it is so important to connect with others in the field.

Take time for yourself.

I had a honeymoon period of about half a year. It was really exciting to see the business get bigger. Each milestone that I met was a reason to celebrate.

However, heading into the second year, it was more difficult. I was tired. Things weren’t as exciting because they weren’t new anymore. And then, year three came along. I was done with working such long hours.

I was done with having no time off. Burnout is certainly an issue in this business, so you have to figure out how to balance your personal and your professional needs.

It took me a long time to get where I am today. I had to do a lot of research. I had to educate myself on business. I had to find an SEO expert. I had to figure out who my main competitors were and keep an eye on them. I also had to stay current with what was happening in the field so that I didn’t fall behind.

No matter how hard I worked, it seemed like I could never get caught up. Running a business is a big responsibility.

If you are interested in starting your own business, you want to set yourself up for success. Try to cut back on your living expenses. Make sure you have substantial savings. Set up an area in your home where you can work, free from distractions.

If you are married, get your spouse on board. He or she can help pay bills while you are getting your business off the ground.

Your business is only as good as you are.

Make sure you have a support system of other business professionals. These people can help you acknowledge your weaknesses, encourage you to keep moving forward and advise you on common mistakes.

You can try and go it alone, but it will be very difficult for you. As with anything else in life, your support network has a lot to do with your success. You are probably strongly invested in your business; after all, it is something that you created. Make sure you have people that you trust to help you along the way.

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Grace Lee has been practicing in the field of digital marketing for several years now. She has already brought numerous sites in search engines’ first pages in search results. In her spare time, she loves listening to podcasts about Google algorithm updates and other matters related to SEO.