No matter how you look at it, travelling is still relatively expensive. Yes, even with the proliferation of cheap flights to Tenerife or elsewhere, economy hotels, public transportation, and alternative methods of travel, you still need to shell out a good amount of money so you can get to places.
But this should not deter you from going out to explore the world. You can definitely save a lot of money for travelling if you follow these tips.
Be flexible with your flight dates and destinations.
As a rule of the thumb, fly during the middle of the week to avail of cheaper fares. Avoid scheduling your trip on holidays and weekends when airlines jack up their prices due to heavy traffic.
Airlines usually provide online travel agents with net rates that are cheaper than their in-house rates (i.e. the price you pay if you purchase from them directly).
However, airlines may sell discounted tickets on their website, so it’s worth checking it out.
If you’re a student or volunteer, you can benefit from your status.
Just present a proof of your status (i.e., certification from the university or organization, valid ID, etc.), and you can get great discounts.
In some instances, you can actually get a cheaper rate if you do away with several elements that you don’t actually need.
If you can, don’t include baggage allowance (just pack light), travel insurance (do you really need it even if you’re away for only a few days?), seat selector, and others.
Not only will you be paying for baggage allowance, but if you bring just carry-on luggage, travelling and going to places will be easier and more convenient for you.
If you intend to explore your destination, then you’d be out of your hotel most of the time.
You wouldn’t be able to use the hotel’s amenities, amenities that are included in the room rate. Thus, there’s no point in paying a lot for amenities that you can’t use. Besides, you’re most likely going to sleep in your room anyway.
Room rates of economy hotels can still dent your finances.
But don’t worry, there are other cheaper alternatives if you’re not picky about accommodations. Try out pension houses, bed-and-breakfasts, backpacker lodges, and inns. Some even resort to stay in a resident’s home—pre-arranged, of course. And some truly adventurous travellers bring a tent with them and camp out during the night; they don’t have to pay for accommodations!
As a rule of thumb, the farther your place of accommodation is from the city’s business, entertainment, or political centre, the cheaper the room rate will be.
Unless you really need to, do not take a taxi or rent a car; these can add up to your expenses tremendously.
Rather take public transportation such as buses and trains. You can go to places with just a few pennies.
For long-distance land trips, take the midnight bus or train.
In that way, you can avoid spending for accommodations. Think you can’t sleep on a moving vehicle? You can; it’s all in your mind.
For short trips around the city, why not use your own two feet?
Walking around the city is good exercise, can get you closer to sights, and doesn’t cost you a cent.
Many city attractions are free of charge or offer discounted prices during certain days of the week.
Some destinations offer city-tourist cards. Buy one of these, especially if you have planned an attraction-heavy holiday. Presenting these cards to accredited sights can offer you huge discounts.
Observe where locals eat and congregate. Most likely, you will find good, cheap food there.
Don’t limit your culinary adventures in restaurants. For instance, when you’re spending holidays to Tenerife, try out the region’s bistros, cafes, food vendors, humble eateries, and other establishments. Remember, sampling culinary delights is an adventure in itself.
Many restaurants offer buffets and lunch specials, which are great value for your money.
Save big and travel more!