Skip the peak travel times to get a great deal with a low cost airline. By choosing an off-season destination not only you save on accommodation and air fares, but you will also avoid the crowds which will give you a chance to get to know the destination better, and live like a local. Moreover you will be doing the right thing, by helping the locals survive during the off-peak season.
Watch out for deals. Sign up for all the airline mailing lists to be the first to know their new deals and grab a bargain. There are websites like skyscanner.com, farecompare.com, farecast.com, yapta.com, and travelocity.com that will do the job for you, for free. They will compare prices and e-mail you when the fares go down. Also try mix & matching flights and airlines and consider flying indirect to find the cheapest option.
Home swapping will change your life. I’ve been doing it for years and it has allowed me to travel to places I would never have imagined, for longer periods of time. I do travel to the UK quite often, and this concept has simplified the way I travel. It’s fairly simple. You list your house on a home-swapping website and browse what’s available where you want to go. You will also get offers from unexpected places, which is a great way to expand your horizons.
There are websites where you can list your property for free, but I recommend going for homeexchange.com which will charge you a small annual fee but it will ensure that you will only get offers from serious families. You won’t believe how luxe most of the places are.You get to chat and know the family/individuals prior to your trip, so that you will feel very relaxed and comfortable to allow them into your home.
Go with a capsule wardrobe mindset. It’s a game changer. I travel for weeks and weeks with just a carry on and save on check-in costs. All you need is a week’s worth of clothing. Pack smart, wrinkle free, versatile and comfy garments that can take you from day to night. Investing in a luggage scale is not a bad idea either. If you already happen to be on a capsule wardrobe, problem solved. If you feel that this is too restricting, remember-it’s only temporary.
Look for online deals and coupons before you leave.You’ll be surprised at the amazing bargains you will find. There are plenty of online marketplaces like groupon.com where you can discover and save on amazing things to do, see, eat and buy. You will never, ever pay full price again! Just make sure you won’t get lured into buy things you don’t really need just because they are heavily discounted. It’s not sustainable and it won’t make you more happy.
Eat at home. Whether you go for home-exchange or airbnb, make sure to make the most of your new kitchen and cook at home. Trying out new exciting cuisines is one of the best parts of travelling but you don’t necessarily have to splurge on fancy restaurants every day especially if you are away for longer periods of time. Visit local farmer’s markets and grocery stores, look up what’s seasonal and local and make sure to hit the ”reduced” section. Gather up a few ingredients and head to the kitchen to recreate a local recipe. Street food is another affordable option and also keep in mind that most grocery stores and super markets offer pretty decent meal deals for when you’re on the go or can’t be bothered to whip something up from scratch.
Take advantage of tour apps and free museum/events/galleries. Most sites are free to enter and they usually offer free tours as well. Visit their official websites to plan your visit accordingly. Download free self-guided tour apps ( trip advisor city guides are amazing ) and hit the town. Also make sure to check out the botanic gardens wherever you are. They are usually free and never fail to disappoint!
Save money on transportation. Use subway and/or bus cards. Every major transit system has a website with fare information that offers multiple day and monthly passes with a variety of options. Keep in mind that if you are flexible with your schedule, going for the off-peak hours is even cheaper.