Travelling on a Budget

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be rich to travel! Here are a few tips that can save you money here and there whilst booking your next holiday. Combined, these tips could save you thousands. Your long awaited and highly anticipated holiday is possible.

House Swap
House swapping is relatively unthought-of when it comes to travel options. Possibly because many do not know this option exists or do not trust the idea of it. However, there are some legitimate companies that offer house swaps. It’s either low cost or free accommodation overseas!

www.lovehomeswap.com offers one of the best selections of house swaps with 85,000+ homes in 190 countries. This website offers direct swaps for you, from a quick trip over to the Gold Coast to a relaxing holiday in sunny California. Offering your home for swapping can require a lot of trust. Thankfully a lot of house swappers do this regularly and have had many reviews that you can look over for peace of mind.

Avoid costly foreign transaction fees

The best method of payment whilst travelling is a credit card, offering smaller fees and better protection against fraud and theft. Some credit cards offer better deals for travelling. For example; Air New Zealand’s One Smart card is a re-loadable prepaid MasterCard. With this credit card, you can spend money in New Zealand, overseas or even online. One Smart offers no fees for electronic transactions or withdrawals overseas. Normal credit cards charge approximately $8.00 per withdrawal plus conversion fees!

Use accommodation search apps
New apps have increased over the past few years that allow travellers to find flight and hotel deals, often at the last minute. These apps use a search and compare tool, locating the cheapest accommodation and flights. It also saves you all the search effort and lots of money! For example Trivago compares 1,343,745 hotels around the world. Trivago filters through hotel prices, images, descriptions and reviews to find the best option for you.

 

Subscribe to travel deals
Subscribe to travel deals from websites such as, Grab One, Flight Centre or House Of Travel. These companies will email you, weekly or monthly deals, saving you the hassle of searching yourself. These deals are often packages which will save you hundreds on travel fees. Take advantage of these deals if you are planning a holiday!

 

Travel off season
Travelling to destinations during off season works out a lot cheaper. You can also enjoy less crowding and less time spent waiting in lines! For example; from October through to April it is generally a lot cheaper to travel to Europe. However, remember to research why your chosen destination is off season. You do not want to be stuck in a monsoon or scorching hot weather where you cannot step outside your hotel room. Weigh your options logically and choose a destination without extreme off peak weather!

Disclaimer: The above information is general in nature and not intended to be financial advice. You should consider seeking professional advice before following any suggestions in this blog/website.

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