Traveling on a small budget involves developing strategies! The tips and tricks, there are plenty. The most important thing is to find those that suit us and the balance of life in which we are good. Lack of resources is a problem faced by many students during their university holidays tour. The wallet is likely to panic even more if the traveling takes place in another city because of the road cost which is in addition to the other basic expenses. Here are some techniques and principles that will help you reduce your tourism purposes.
Relationship with money
To save money when traveling, students need to review their relationship with money. We always talk about how much they get from family, but never how much we spend. So, it's all about spending. The three types of expenses you spend on travel are travel, food, and lodging. Added to this are the paid activities. So, to travel longer by saving, you have to take your time first. Traveling more slowly makes the trips profitable. Then, at the level of housing, food and activity everything can be almost "free" by the exchange of services. This principle can drastically reduce youth traveler’s budget. And it is often during this kind of volunteer that they live the best experiences that are priceless.
Traveling on foot
My advice for saving money on a trip is to choose the cheapest mode of transportation in the world for traveling: that is walking! We see the country, we meet locals and other hikers, we eat locally by purchasing groceries and we sleep in a tent or refuge, that is to say, for almost nothing. Even if you do not plan to trek for a long time, two or three days of walking can save a lot while traveling.
However, you must invest upstream in good walking equipment (shoes, backpacks, poles, etc.). In addition to traveling fairly good distances. The students may immerse in the culture and nature of the various countries. And make as beautiful pictures as if may also be visited crowd free tourist attractions. It is sometimes better to use local guides to know where to hike and leave framed a security issue.
There are many ways to travel cheaply today, but we often forget that transportation is a major one of the largest budgets. After I do not say in Europe, the countries are relatively small, but these travelers often leave Europe, pass in Asia, in Oceania, rarely in Africa and America. In short, they have made kilometers in six months and it will cost them an arm! So, my advice is that if you leave, do not think about the number of countries, travel slowly, avoid the plane, stay longer where you feel good. We often hear about "slow travel" and when we have time, I think it's great! So, to save on travel, visit few countries, but visit them more!
Staying at home
Accommodation often costs most of the travel budget. Saving money is the major reason why homestay has become more and more popular for students. It's far from the only advantage. First of all, staying with the locals is the best way to immerse yourself in the local culture, make authentic encounters by sharing the life of the guests, or simply being housed in a residential area where you can vibrate. to the rhythm of local life. We also often have the opportunity to cook and share meals, which saves a lot and also builds friendships. For our part, we particularly like to stay in local people in remote villages through local initiatives that aim to create an exchange between indigenous communities and foreign visitors.
Remember to take alternative routes for student travelers! It is indeed sometimes possible to pay a ticket ten of bucks cheaper by changing the place of departure. For example, in France, a Lille-Lyon train will easily cost you 150 euros round trip unless you leave from the Tourcoing station with the Ouigo line that allows you to pay your round trip Tourcoing Lyon by train 20 euros. Similarly, by plane, some departures would cost me much cheaper from Brussels Airport rather than Paris. Finally, bus trips are often much cheaper than their train counterparts.
Share your meals
Many students will be got pampered, or even too boring, but let's face it, one of the things that bite the most our budget on a trip, which are the restaurants. Target restaurant terraces or "take out" where it is easy to share your plate. Choose the big portion of pasta at the Italian restaurant, or the giant format of nachos on the terrace of the corner, and share the meal with the person who accompanies you. The advantages in all this? No exaggeration, no waste on the plate, and especially a considerable saving at the end of the week. Give it a try!
Exchange and meet
The holy grail of the low-budget youth traveler, who are willing to accommodate you and feed you in exchange for a few hours of work a day. You can help Mathieu cross the Pacific on his catamaran, Mauricio with the marketing of his wine bar in Argentina or Amber with his organic farm project in the Yukon. Opportunities to learn and live new experiences while saving money are infinite. But above all, in exchange for things that are not calculated, meetings with people from all over the world, the knowledge that no office job could have given you. It's also about traveling.
To reduce the travel budget, the student can opt, when the destination lends itself for camping. To succeed in your camping experience, do not skimp on the quality of the equipment’s like adapted tent and warm down otherwise you will be depreciated!
Our best advice for not spending too much on a trip is to eat locally! Avoid restaurants too close to major tourist attractions, often expensive and sometimes not very good. The street food are full of local and very inexpensive wonders! To saving on travel, you will discover a different aspect of the local culture, it's all bonus!
Meet the Greeters
There are 2 things you can really save on your trip: food and accommodation. For housing, it's pretty simple. You just have to go ahead and find out about local people who are willing to accommodate you as recommended by others. Offer a service to the person who is hosting you, ask her what she needs and try to answer her request, do a little DIY, help her to put away a room, etc.
Otherwise, I recommend going through Greeters in the cities where you stay. These are locals who make us visit places in their most secret places, and for free!