Think you have to save for years to take that trip of a lifetime? Think again! Five star budget travel is possible.
It’s a pervasive myth that travel has to cost a fortune, but don’t buy into it. Contrary to popular belief, budget travel doesn’t mean bare-bones travel. With some planning and some travel hacks, you can have an amazing trip that doesn’t cost you a small fortune.
Basics Of Travel Hacking
Travel hacking has evolved into somewhat of an art form, and it can get complicated. Avid travel hackers have elaborate systems in place to get travel from rock-bottom prices all the way to free.
There is a learning curve to all of it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use some of their techniques to get a better deal on travel. Let’s look at some easy tips:
People often go straight to their well-known airline website or an online travel site to book flights, but you may not be getting the best deal. Try using Google Flights or Skyscanner to find the best deals. Airfare prices fluctuate from one day to the next. You can set alerts on your phone that notify you of the latest pricing changes so you can act quickly. The difference may be hundreds of dollars.
Unless you absolutely must leave on a certain day, it pays to play with dates. The same flight a day or two later can be significantly cheaper. Weekends tend to be most expensive, as well as holidays.
Online booking sites and apps like Agoda often have excellent deals. AirBnB is another way to get top-notch accommodation for less. Try booking during the week as well.
Points And Miles
For both flights and hotels, points and miles are a good way to save money. If you are in the market for a new credit card, choose a card that offers a substantial miles or points bonus that you can use toward airfares. You can also accumulate points on your everyday purchases. Many frequent travellers have become expert at utilizing credit cards to fund their travel expenses. This can be done without putting yourself in debt by always paying off your balance and avoiding cards with excessive fees.
This should be attempted if you have a good credit score and feel confident in your ability to manage your credit.
This is another big consideration. Where you travel to is important. Some places are just pricey. For example, you will pay a great deal of money for food and hotels in Tahiti. There’s no real way around that, unless you can use points toward free or low-cost accommodations, but you’ll still spend a lot for food.
However, Thailand is a different story. You can rent a lovely villa on the picturesque Koh Samui or Koh Phi Phi for a fraction of what a villa in Tahiti would cost. Food and activities are also less expensive. You could stay for three times as long in Thailand and spend the same amount of money, or less. Not only that, you won’t have to skimp on food. There are resorts and restaurants in Thailand serving high-quality international cuisine at very low prices, so you won’t feel deprived.
Budget 5 Star travel is completely possible. Just remember to take your time, be as flexible as possible and shop around. Don’t take the first airfare you see, and be willing to try a less expensive destination that is just as lovely.
And remember, wherever you travel, you’ll need insurance. Travel insurance can cover things like accident, illness, injury and theft. Travel insurance can save you money and offers you peace of mind, and you can’t put a price tag on that.
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