Having visited many places around our country, I have learned different realizations and learnings from each travel experience. Upon taking the flight back to reality, we sometimes seat staring on our airplane window seat, I could have done this or that to save. Never regret it, but learn from it. This is how I improved on planning travel itineraries prior to embarkation on the next adventure.
Sharing my thoughts on how I enjoy my travels, maximizing the itineraries without costing my arm or kidney:
- AIRLINE SEAT SALE is LIFE! – I am one of the travelers who actively monitors for airline seat sales! Checking of e-mail alerts and social media accounts is one of my daily routines should I be digitally connected. Another tip on this is to find the best-paired dates to get the best deal – you really have the comb the airline website. Also, try to check same routes on other airline site and compare. My travel schedule is highly dependent on these seat sales. There is no way on earth I will stash up cash for year-round fares. Don’t let the long waiting time kill the excitement before the flight. Proactively, plan well the itinerary and maximize the waiting period in saving up for your fund. Don’t skip the fares on sea ferries too. You may want to try the sea route and experience its difference from air travel. With big shipping lines, they offer hotel-like amenities however with a hefty price tag.
- RESEARCH ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SCHEDULE – Is it not liberating to explore the place the local way? But why would I try this? It’s helpful for our wallets, sans the waiting time in terminals. Research might be quite tedious but is really helpful. Better arm yourself with the basic knowledge of the public transport routes and the fares. I always ask the First Trip and Last Trip of critical routes as you do not want to be hell-stuck in a place and to go out requires an action that is heavy in our pocket.
- HARNESS SOCIAL MEDIA – Instagram and Couchsurfing are my go-to mobile applications in checking out what is happening recently in the place I am planning to visit. This would be my best source of the mainstream and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Another platform where I lay my domino-effect questions. Calling all INSTAGRAM FRIENDS – my heartfelt thanks!
- BLOGS ARE HELPFUL – I laud bloggers who share their holistic experiences fully. These articles set my expectation of the place – what to do and what not to do. Their share of their actual detailed expenses is heaven! You just have to cross check if the article is recent and prices could have increased over time.
- SLEEP IN HOMESTAYS – Should there be available homestays, better reserve one. The cost is really low plus you are helping directly a family. Nothing beats experiencing the first-hand hospitality of the locals. A taste of their home cooking is great to experience too. Sharing dinner time with your host family would really make your traveling worthwhile.
- TRAVEL WITH TRAVELERS – Redundant? No. Traveling with buddies or in a group is a huge wallet saver. The cost of the travel would be cut by half, more or less, you know the math. This is a serious tip, chose whom you will be traveling with. Say no to persons who usually backs out last minute – maybe classify them as a blacklisted traveler. Say no to persons who are tourists or thinking to travel elegantly or lavishly. I travel cheaply and not expecting glamour or grandiosity. To anyone who is joining me, I always tell them my plans, my budget and how I do it.
- PLAN WELL YOUR ITINERARY – Your itinerary affects your budget directly. Plan well your route. This is where your research and interaction with locals would materialize.
- EAT IN LOCAL EATERIES – It is not just cheap, but you have the opportunity to try the local way of cooking and their local staples. Plus, eating at eateries cost less time. You can have your meal in a jiffy.
- HAVE Plan-B to Plan-Z READY – Despite the rigorous and meticulous planning, be ready for changes once there, sudden weather changes, local safety situation, and other force majeure factors that could affect your travel.
- PACK LIGHT – pack what you need and what is necessary. Other stuff like toiletries can be purchased as you arrive without almost price difference. It is not also necessary to purchase expensive travel accessories.
Do you have other tips I have not mentioned? Feel free to share on the comments section below.