So you have packed your bags and ready to get started on a new adventure. You have spent countless hours trying to come up with the perfect plan for your trip, but there is yet more to do. Travelling outside the personal comfort zone is always intimidating. Although, it is a rewarding experience in its own right.

Getting to know new cultures, familiarizing yourself with their customs and meeting new people. Wonderful. Seasoned travellers will attest that there is always more to be had out of you average trip. If you are a student and on a tight budget, do not worry. There might be ways for you to indulge in the excitement of a travel experience. Or maybe travelling is something you do on a regular basis? Like regular business trips and assignments. There is a lot to contend with and the little things usually paint the bigger picture.

So in order to the get the most out of the experience, here are is some cheap travel tips and advice to get you started.

First and foremost, pick a travel destination.

  • Can’t have a plan if you do not know what your travel destinations are, cheap travel advice can only go so far.
  • Outside the usual (and very expensive) vacation spots, such as France; Switzerland; Italy; Dubai or one of the countless Carribean islands; there are many modest vacation spots. On top of being less crowded, they can offer something else — value.
  • Pick an affordable destination for your trip.
  • Choose the least expensive time to travel
  • Try to go off-season. You will be able to find cheap bargains and your destination can be just as enchanting. As an addition, you won’t have to contend with overcrowded gangs of people.
  • Things to look out for here are accommodation and local prices for food and services, do a little research before following through with the trip.
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Research ticket prices

Some people prefer to pay for convenience, like students that pay for academic writing services. But to avoid paying a small premium for the fare, you will need to exhibit a little bit of flexibility. Many factors go into the forming of ticket prices. Holidays and annual vacations usually drive the price of tickets up, because the demand is at an all-time high. Some say the time of really cheap flights has passed. It is still possible to catch a good deal, however.

Check the price of airplane tickets before you buy them to get a rough understanding of their baseline. Ticket prices are ever-changing and can become less expensive on a daily basis. Compare different airlines, mix and match what they have on offer. Seems a bit of a chore, but the point is to save the most money on the trip to our destinations, so it fits our bill.

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Indirect flights (with stopovers) are generally cheaper. Looking out for promotional offers on a vacation and signing up for newsletters might be worth your time. As on option, book tickets a couple of weeks in advance.

Weigh down your baggage

Calculate the weight of your luggage to avoid additional fees. Same applies when you are travelling back. Fees are subject to change, so read up on them on the web-site of your airline.

Couch surf instead of hotels

Getting cheaper accommodation gets harder by the minute, especially in the volatile space of tourism. And if you are sick and tired of staring at the same hotel wallpaper, consider staying with locals. With the advent of Airbnb and Couchsurfing, some locals can provide bedding for travelers. You may even gain a couple of friends in the process.

Mobile apps can prevent a lot of aggravation

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Navigating a new environment is challenging. This is where mobile apps come into play. If you know where you are going, come prepared. Invest into a mobile travel guide tips and maps. That way you will be able to enjoy everything your destination has to offer at your personal pace.

Eat local

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Do not commit to expensive restaurants and get a local meal. You will save more money and get a taste of local food in its glory.

Local money

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Exchange your currency to a local one beforehand. You avoid additional commission fees and any costs when withdrawing from banks or ATM’s.

Bring medicine

Travelling to a destination with a different time zone can have an adverse effect on your health. Jet-lag, overall queasiness and if you are predisposed to headaches, consider popping some pills to alleviate the problem and avoid complications. Better safe than sorry.

Bring a snack

Airplane food differs from airline to airline. Some airlines can offer complimentary meals, but consider for a moment you are not lucky and snacks have run out in the airport. To save yourself the aggravation, bring a couple of snacks with your carry-on bag.

We hope this has been of use. Travel safe and get the most out of your trips!