Traveling can be expensive these days, especially if you drive to the destination, stay in a hotel, and pay for the tourist attractions. Most hotels charge per person, which cuts down on the age-old idea of cramming eight people into one room for a lower cost.
But there are solutions for people who do not have an endless supply of money. Here are some guidelines to save a few bucks on your next trip.
Craigslist rideshare. To avoid the high cost of airfare, you can search for rides to your destination on Craigslist. Rideshare allows people to post requests for passengers or to post requests for a ride. The driver could be looking for someone to split gas costs, or just want company for the ride. Remember, though, you can never be too careful with Craigslist. Always make sure to verify references and get a good feel for the person you choose to ride with.
Couch surfing is possibly the best travel idea to go viral. When you join couchsurfing.com, you have access to people all over the world willing to let you sleep at their house, and the best part is that you get to stay there free of charge. Check out the member’s profile and personal references when choosing where to stay. The best part about couch surfing is that it allows you to experience real culture in the city you are visiting. You get to know a local person and, if you are lucky, they will spend time with you.
Grocery shopping is an area where you can save big money. First off, make sure to pack a bag of food for your road trip. A loaf of bread and peanut butter and jelly costs around five dollars and lasts for a while. Then when you arrive, if you are sleeping on somebody’s couch, they will probably let you use their refrigerator, so go to the grocery store again and stock up on cheap lunchmeat and ramen noodles. If it is important to taste the local cuisine, plan how much you can spend and how many meals you can eat out. Buy enough groceries to live on for all your other meals.
Free is a key word. There is always something free to do while traveling. There are many museums open to the public at no charge. If you are couch surfing, ask in advance if your host will take you around the city to show you the sights. This way, you’ve just landed your own personal tour guide instead of someone jabbering your ear off with a scripted history of the city you are visiting. Unless it is the coolest tourist attraction in the world, try to avoid commercial tours because they are too expensive when you are on a tight budget. Instead, look for activities to do for free, like visiting public beaches or walking around city centers.
Student discounts are great to take advantage of if you are in that category, so do not forget to bring your student I.D. Look for any type of discounts to cut costs for yourself and make sure to ask locals for the whereabouts of discounts and specials. Search for Student Night at bars and clubs to save money on nightlife.
Keep your traveling costs low by following these guidelines for your next adventure. Traveling does not have to be a bank breaker if you actively seek out ways to save money on your trip. You do not have to be rich to have fun while on vacation, you just need to get creative.