5 tips for living large while traveling on a budget

Most people think that if you’re traveling on a small budget (or even if you’re traveling with just about zero cash), you’re limited in terms of where you can go, what you can do, and what style you do it in. The truth is something far different, however. Remember that no one travels in exactly the same manner as anyone else. Living like a king or queen may mean one thing to one person and something entirely different to someone else.

In the following article, we’ll go over five tips for living it up no matter where you choose to travel by deciding what areas you should emphasize and optimize. The secret lies in spending on the things that you actually care about while cutting costs everywhere else.

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Book in advance when possible

If you’re going to fly to your destination, then you need to try to book your flight as far in advance as possible. While prices fluctuate and there’s not a guarantee that a particular flight’s price won’t suddenly drop the week before you’re scheduled to travel, the general rule of thumb is that you’ll be able to find better deals if you’re not trying to find a flight on short notice.

Additionally, you should keep a lookout for sales. Make a point of signing up for price alerts if the airline you want to fly with or the train line you’re considering has them. Remember that the more you save on the cost of your flight, the more money you have to spend enjoying yourself at your final destination!

By the way, the same concept holds for checking out, comparing, and booking hotels. If you’re determined to find a fantastic deal, the farther out from your travel date that you begin to look, the better.

Skip destinations that have expensive visas

You could travel many places when seeing the world that don’t require a boatload of cash and where your money stretches further. If you’re on a budget, put more expensive locations on your personal, private waiting list.

Countries you can travel to while living quite well are the following:

  • Portugal
  • Greece (as long as you steer clear of tourist hotspots)
  • Czech Republic
  • Croatia
  • Hungary
  • Morocco
  • Costa Rica
  • Bolivia
  • Nepal
  • Ukraine
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Travel in the off-season

No matter where you choose to travel, doing so in the off-season and avoiding significant holidays can help you find better deals. If your travel dates can be flexible and if you’re flying, do so in the middle of the week; you can likely get both flights and hotels at a fraction of what you would pay otherwise. There are so many more ideas for living in the lap of luxury even when you have less-than-luxurious means. Hopefully, these ideas will give you some inspiration for your next trip.

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