How to Save Money When Travelling

How to have a fun holiday while spending less money.


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    Plan for your vacation at least 1 - 2 months in advance - this way you will get the best rates for hotels & airfare.
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    Flights which originate from a point and terminate at another point will be expensive (for example, if you want to fly from Mumbai to Helsinki, then an airline which flies from another city to Helsinki via Mumbai will be cheaper).
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    Check hostels in the cities which you plan to visit. Most leading cities across the world have cheap accommodation for leisure travellers and back packers.
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    Register at your embassy in the visiting country. this will give you a lot of options and people whom you can question.
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    Always travel by the public transport. many leading tourist cities, like Singapore, have pre-loaded metro & bus passes. These passes are very convenient for internal city travel.
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    Stay in a vacation rental condo. You will get a lot more space at a much lower cost than what you would get from a comparable hotel room.
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    Planning and preparation. Thinking ahead can also help you get a great deal. Choose your ideal destination well in advance to secure cheaper flights and accommodation. Some hotels will even give you a discount for early bookings.
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    Find cheap Hotels online. Finding cheap Hotels online is the best way to go if you are travelling often, a site like can be the best way to get the best value for money for hotels while on your stay.
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    Decide on dates. Can you travel out of peak season and at busy times like school holidays? If so, you’re likely to make massive savings on both travel and accommodation.
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    Choose your country carefully. Take into account the cost of living in the places you’re thinking of going. Staying a little bit longer in countries like Thailand or Turkey could actually end up saving you money, as you’ll be spending less cash than you would usually spend at home.
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    Midweek flying. If possible, try to avoid departures on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Midweek flights are often four times cheaper than travelling at weekends.
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    Take your own food. If you face a lengthy check-in at the airport, think about taking a few snacks and drinks with you. Not only will it save you from paying inflated airport prices, you won’t end up standing around in lengthy queues.
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    Pack for all eventualities. Even though your destination hasn’t had any rain for the past 3 months, it doesn’t mean that it’s guaranteed to be hot and sunny when you get there. Always pack a rain jacket or coat just in case it’ll save you from having to buy one once you are there.
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    Make lunch last. Many bars, cafes and restaurants go all out to tempt in the lunchtime trade, so take advantage of their special offers such as two for one deals or three courses for the price of two. Eat the same meal at the same place later that day and you often end up paying much more.
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    Find free entertainment. Rather than paying to see a show every night, ask around and see which bars and clubs have free music or comedy performances, or find free local museums, galleries and other attractions.
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    Look for local knowledge. Make the most of your hotel’s concierge and other staff. Ask them where are the best places to go? Just as importantly, find out where to avoid and get to know a rough idea of the prices you should expect to pay locally so you don’t get ripped off.
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    Ditch the taxi. Save on expensive cab rides by exploring your destination on foot. Or maybe even hire a bike, which is a great way to get around and find some of the less well-known tourist hotspots.
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    Get online for free. Especially if you’re staying in a big town or city, check out the local library and get free internet access. It’s also a great way of avoiding paying for costly guide books, as you can download any maps and other information you need.


  • It's always a good idea to find a grocery store near your hotel or hostel. Eating out gets expensive.
  • If you are on a road trip, make lunches to bring with you and try not to go for fast food
  • Talk with the natives. People familiar with the area will help you steer clear of expensive tourist traps and have a more authentic (and less expensive) experience.
  • If you're a student, get an international student ID card. Most museums and some transportation and housing options offer student discounts.
  • If you stay in a hostel, try to find people who want to go to the same places. Tours and sometimes ticket prices are cheaper in groups.
  • Take advantage of what's there. Most hostels and cities offer free tours/maps/guidebooks.
  • Buy your guidebook before you get to your destination. Sometimes you can also check them out at the library or copy pertinent pages.
  • Look into house trading networking sites on-line.
  • Walk everywhere, if possible. It's the best way to experience the place where you are, not to mention healthy and cheap.
  • Be open minded.
  • Choose a destination where you can stay with friends or family.
  • Pack lightly. You will save on baggage fees and porters, and you will be able to take public transportation instead of taxis.


  • Never carry all your belongings in one bag or keep all important stuff like wallet, passport in a money belt. These can fit tightly around the waist and be nearly invisible. This is especially important when traveling on trains for long periods of time.
  • Carry extra passport photos and a color copy of both your passport and credit card. Do not keep these with the originals.
  • Some hotels/hostels need to take your passport. This is normal.
  • Carry an internationally accepted credit card, like Master, Visa or American Express.

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