Truth be told, the vacation is one of the most anticipated of the year. It is on these occasions that most people take the time to rest, recharge their batteries, catch up on episodes of their favorite series and, of course, make the dream trip. Due to factors such as constant currency fluctuations and financial instability, making an economic trip has become the most sought after option for many Brazilians today.
Traveling involves many costs, but this need not be a reason to get into debt or eliminate this experience altogether. That is, you can enjoy this moment to have fun and maintain financial health at the same time.
With this in mind, we created this post with 7 tips to make your trip accessible and full of new knowledge. Keep up!
Here’s how to take a cheap trip next
1. Make a financial plan
Whether it’s your national or international dream trip, you need to know what your main expenses will be and prepare for them. For this you must make a financial planning and save a monthly amount of your salary for the trip.
If you are traveling abroad, for example, you should be aware that money conversion rates can be quite costly, as may those charged for using credit cards abroad.
List and include these expenses in your planning to forecast total travel expense. This way, you are not faced with surprises and keep your financial control on time.
2. Buy tickets in advance.
Buying your airfare early can make all the difference in your budget. Plan to look for international tickets about 8-12 weeks before your departure date. So you can compare the values of various companies and get great prices.
Also be aware of the frequent flyer program offered by your credit card. If you use this payment method frequently, you may have accumulated points and can redeem them for tickets.
3. Keep an eye on promotions
This tip applies especially during low season, when the values of tours and tourist attractions tend to decrease.
It is also during this time that you can close more advantageous packages, such as a combo with accommodation and tours, airfare and car rental, or even finding more affordable values for groups if you travel with friends or family.
Sign up for travel websites and join travel groups on social networks to keep up with the most diverse types of promotions.
4. Assemble the script yourself
When you plan a trip, you want to make sure that you are going to visit all the sights and have the freedom to stay at each attraction for as long as you like, right? Planning the road map on your own helps you achieve these goals while saving good money.
Some agencies set the script and give travelers the peace of mind of not having to worry about this part of the trip, but most of the attractions you choose can be paid for and end up making the package more expensive.
When assembling your script, you can include any places you find most interesting, whether or not you cover paid entries. In addition, this activity makes you more familiar with the destination and increases your chances of seeing more unusual places.
5. Research different hosting options
One of the highest costs of a trip concerns accommodation. Staying in hotels can be much more expensive than looking for alternative options. One of them, which has been gaining more and more fans, is giving preference to the vacation rentals.
Airbnb, the largest site of its kind, connects people who want to travel to a particular city with hosts with rooms or entire properties available for rent in that destination. This way you can find great accommodation options, help the local economy and still live closer to the reality of the people of the area.
Another option for a budget trip is to stay in hostels. They work by booking a bed in a shared room and are much more affordable when compared to hotels. In hostels you can share experiences with other travelers, enjoy the company for sightseeing and increase your circle of friendships.
6. Watch the menu
Food is another point that weighs heavily in your pocket during a trip. Most of the restaurants listed in travel guides are the most requested by tourists and, as a result, are not very cheap.
You don’t have to discard a meal at a more famous restaurant, for example, but you can enjoy eating like a local and save a lot.
Big cities often have a variety of delicious and street food options. Just search a little and find out the most popular culinary addresses that offer good food and represent the culture of that people.
If you are staying in houses or hostels, you can still enjoy the chance to buy fresh food from markets, cook for yourself and cut those costs significantly.
7. Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Just as important as saving through the tips listed is preparing to avoid higher expenses during your trip. All good planning should include travel insurance, which will ensure your peace of mind should something happen to you.
Especially for overseas travel, spending on medical appointments or hospital trips can be in the thousands of dollars – a headache no one wants to have as a souvenir. So the saying “prevention is better than cure” makes perfect sense here.
Travel insurance can be purchased easily and leave you covered for as long as you are on vacation, both for minor unforeseen events – such as abdominal discomfort – and for more serious cases – such as a broken arm, for example.
With well-crafted financial planning and good research, you have everything to make a cheap trip and enjoy all the fun and culture of your destination without going into debt. Good planning and good trip!