Most Creative Ways To Save Money While Traveling
Updated: Jan 28, 2019
Life shouldn't be all work and no play. Alas, with our ever tightening budgets over the years, it can be difficult to get away and play--especially since holidays have a bad reputation of making you go over your budget.
It is not impossible to have a great holiday without breaking the bank, however! Years of traveling means we have a vast array of travel knowledge at our disposal. Here are a couple to help you save during your next getaway.
Stay at a hostel
If you don't mind sharing a dorm with other travelers, you'd be surprised by just how much you can save on accommodation! Hostels are often 5-10 times cheaper than hotels, and they can come with a lot of neat facilities and services as well, depending on which you book. A lot even offer free Wi-Fi, which is a humongous plus!
If you're not comfortable with a mixed dorm, many hostels also offer female-only and some, male-only dorms. Some even offer private rooms at a much cheaper rate than hotels.
Stay at a place that offers free breakfast
When you're looking for a place to stay, look for one that provides free breakfast. This can save you a lot of money in the long run as it can add up. Plus, it's a great way to start your day on a pleasant note.
And not to mention, it will help save you a lot of time as well. There's no need to look for a place to eat breakfast--you can immediately start your day after you've had your fill.
Make use of travel apps
Take advantage of technology by always being on the lookout for bargains with apps. With apps like Skyscanner, Klook, TripAdvisor, Airbnb, Uber, Grab and the like available in app stores, there is simply no excuse for you not to be in the know. There is one for just about every aspect of traveling available. Make use of them!
Travel like a local
Instead of taking a taxi everywhere, which can be a really costly way to travel, travel like a local instead. Opt for train rides, buses or maybe even rent a bicycle. These alternatives are not only kinder on your wallet, they will also offer you a look into how the locals go about their daily lives. It's a win-win!
Bring a refillable water bottle
Paying for beverages is one of the fastest ways to put a dent in your wallet. Not only can they be ridiculously expensive, they're pretty much gone in a blink of an eye! A way to save a ton of money on this is to carry around a refillable water bottle. Sure, you wouldn't want to miss out on trying out any of the local beverages, but you don't want to go overboard either.
At the very least, you'd save up on drinks between meals.
Check out free activities to do
Activities don't necessarily have to cost a ton of money. There are lots of things you can do for free (or for cheap) if you know where to look. For instance, there are plenty of museums that either allow you in for free, or for a very cheap rate. Check out local night markets, parks, exhibition centers, guided tours (led by students. These are often cheap), etc. There is simply no end to what you can do without hurting your bank account.
Eat street food
Don't be afraid of eating street food. Often times, (as the majority of we Malaysians know, hehehe) street food is not only tasty, it is also cheaper and more authentic than what you can find at chain restaurants! Just be sure to look for a stall that has a long line of locals queuing for it, and you can't go wrong. There must be a reason why they're all there, right?
Get a place with a kitchen
It goes without saying that you save a lot of money by cooking your own food rather than eating out. This applies when you are abroad as well. So when you're looking for accommodation, look for one that has a kitchen. Many Airbnbs have these. Just be sure to ask the host whether you can use the kitchen if it's not stated on the room profile!
Travel during off-peak season
A great way to save money is to travel during off-peak season, which is basically times when the weather isn't exactly favourable. If you think you can tolerate less than favourable weather conditions, then maybe this is worth a try. Of course, you would like to enjoy your holiday too, so look for places that have similar weather to Malaysia. It'd be easier for you to tolerate it then.
Or you know, if you really wanna experience snow, then by all means, go for it.
Fly during midweek
Flying during a Tuesday or a Wednesday is often cheaper than flying on a weekend. Be sure to bear this nugget of wisdom in mind the next time you plan to book a flight. You'll thank us for this later.
Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini