Vacations can be expensive. Flights alone can cost thousands, and of course, once you are on the ground, there’s food and public transit to pay for, plus souvenirs. This puts the idea of a great escape out of the minds of many when in reality, there are so many great budget vacation ideas out there for you to take advantage of.
With the right planning and a few concessions, you can go on pretty much any trip on a small budget. When you want to travel to a new country or enjoy a city break, you’ll want to use these tips to keep the prices down.
How to Book Cheap Flights
There are a few ways to book cheap flights. The first is to sign up for price alerts and other deals like special sales, so you know the second the flight you want drops in price. This is best to set up months in advance.
The second option is to be flexible with your dates and even with your destination. Sites can scan all possibilities and bring up a list of the cheapest options for you to enjoy.
How to Book Cheap Accommodation
Comparison sites will be your friend, as will being open to camping, hostels, and renting spare rooms.
How to Enjoy Your Trip on a Budget
Other ways to enjoy your trip once you are there, while still keeping an eye on your budget, include:
- Eat at home/in your hotel
- Enjoy free walking tours
- Know when free open days are at museums
- Window shop
Many cities have lots of free things to do, so scour the local magazines and blogs to find what the locals are most excited about.
Travel in a Caravan
Hands down the best way to enjoy adventure after adventure in areas of the world that aren’t well-traveled (and often don’t have an airport within easy distance) is in your own caravan. It brings your road trip to the next level and means you can combine your travel costs with your accommodation costs. Spend the whole summer out adventuring in areas of the world not many people have the means to see first-hand.
Anyone can get a caravan as well: all you need is to get a loan the same way you would for a car. You can rent a caravan to start with, to see if it’s right for you, but if you love the experience and the freedom, you won’t want to rent a caravan every summer, you’ll want your own.
With your own caravan, you can customize it to match your lifestyle perfectly. You can even update it so that it can be a great place to live throughout the year if you travel a lot or work remotely or in the outdoors.
Finally, camping is always an option. Camping trips can be beefed up in many ways. You can camp and bike, camp and hike, even camp and enjoy a kayaking trip. In other words, there are many ways you can enjoy your vacation in nature and get fit while you’re at it.