Things you should know when traveling on a budget!
If you are traveling on a budget, here are some tips that will help you save money, and experience more at the same time. We all want to travel the world and get out and see all the sites. The only problem is, well, it gets pretty pricey the more sites you see! Today I’ll share some of the experiences we have had while traveling, and some ways to get out and see more while saving more.
Tip # 1: Learn to Backpack!
Skip the checked bag and stick to the carry on plus your backpack. Anyone that has been in an airport can recall the scene. Someone over here is dragging a suitcase that’s missing a wheel. Another person has a backpack, their carry on, and another suitcase dragging behind them spilling their drink on them trying to get a sip!
The same runs true when they land. Getting everything into the bus or taxi. Stuffing all those bags into the elevator, and smashing them into the wall while trying to get into the room or house.
Learning to travel by backpack saves you a ton of time, stress, and frustration. Outside of the financial savings during the flight travel! Here are a couple backpacks that we like:
This option is slowly fading out as far as the timeshare portion of it. There are not as many timeshares as there used to be, but now there are different things to check out. Whenever you go to a touristy destination or a highly populated area with attractions. You can usually find tour guides, travel agents, and other sight seeing coordinators that can book you trips and other adventures.
It has been our experience that if you talk with these guys, say in the airport or find a hot spot or store. They generally are linked up with a company that does new resort builds, condo’s, or vacation packages. They will give you say breakfast and a huge discount on say a rental car, or a free adventure like a dive trip or something. If you will come and sit through their sales event.
A lot of the times the sales pitch will be about an hour and a half, (depending on how many questions you ask!) A free breakfast in the morning and then a free adventure, why not? Well, if you have a problem turning down a deal or even just saying no. This is probably not for you, but if you can say no and sit through the presentation, you can have an amazing adventure and save sometimes hundreds of dollars for just 90 minutes!
Tip # 3: Look at traveling off season.
The last tip is pretty self explanatory, keep an eye on the destinations that you want to visit. Check out when their hot seasons are. Then when they are in the off season. Look around for deals! There are always a ton of resorts, hotels, air bnb hosts, vrbos, and other places to stay. That during the off season are willing to cut a deal to fill the room.
When you can schedule your vacation, check out the places online and give them a call. It never hurts to ask, and it’s awesome when they say yes!
Yes, some of these tips do take more effort, but they can also get you traveling. And traveling more often because of the money you are saving! We all need time to get away every now and then.
Aaron has been working in the Marine Industry for over a decade and holds certifications for Yamaha and Mercury Marine. It is not uncommon for him to own and be working on at least three different boats at any given point in time!