After 9 months of being locked inside our houses and daydreaming of the beaches in Goa, mountains of Manali or the food of Rajasthan, people are finally on the move!
While we already know what precautions to take to save ourselves from the virus, precautions with regards to spending your money can be of great help too!
Here are some tips to save enough money while travelling to also buy the outfit or sneakers you’ve been dreaming of :
1. Get There Smartly
Booking flights is a hassle and let’s be honest, expensive too. Flight tickets sometimes cost a fortune and leave us with not much money to spend on our trip. Websites like Skyscanner and EaseMyTrip give you the best deals on flights so that you always fly high!
Pro-tip: Set the departure date as the whole month. It will show you the prices of flight tickets on all days! You can easily compare the fares and choose the best day to travel accordingly!
If you are a person who likes to enjoy the picturesque view of the country, then train travel is for you! Yatra.com and IXIGO affiliated with IRCTC have an easy-to-use interface where you can easily book train tickets, check your PNR status and even cancel your booking with no extra cost(except standard charges). So board that next train to nowhere! For a truer road trip experience, you could try buses with affordable fares on Redbus.
2. Live In Hostels
From staying on bunk beds to sharing a cool common area, play area, common kitchen and doing fun activities throughout the week, living in a hostel is an unforgettable experience. Hostels are a junction for people from all around the world. You meet people from different cultures, regions and countries altogether! But the best part about staying in hostels is that it is pocket friendly!
Brands like Zostel, Moustache, Backpacker Panda have a chain of hostels around the country. There are a variety of options to choose from. The interiors are lively and fun which makes it more fun than ever.
3. Credit All The Way
People often overlook the perks of credit cards and miss out on some great opportunities to save their money! Credit card companies reward their customers with reward points which can later be redeemed to get heavy discounts on travel bookings, merchandise, restaurants, groceries and much more. If you are a college student, we know that you are always on the lookout for discounts and coupons. GrabOn, CouponDunia and CouponMoto have coupons and gift cards ranging from travel to food to accommodation and entertainment and much more! Browse their website and don’t pay the full price for anything, ever!
4. Eat Local
While thinking about our trip, we take into consideration everything but food. Food is one place where you cannot be stingy. But instead of eating at restaurants, you can try the local street food! It’s delicious, authentic and fills your tummy when you are short on budget.
Youtubers like The Food Ranger, Veggie Paaji, Priyanka Tiwari travel around the country and make mouth-watering street food videos! When travelling with friends and eating out, it’s always a hassle to keep track of the expenses and sometimes you end up paying for your friend who never seems to pay you back but that problem can be solved with goDutch – a bill splitting app where you can split bills with friends, track your expenses and settle them via UPI.
While eating local is pocket-friendly, it’s not always healthy. You can always cook your own food in the hostel you are staying in. Buy groceries, coffee sachets, snacks from the local market and stores, go in the kitchen and become the next Gordon Ramsay! And you can keep track of all of these expenses on goDutch too with just the click of a button!
5. Be Your Own Guide
Before going to a place, watch YouTube videos or read blogs of travellers like The Shooting Star, Travel Tales from India and Abroad to find out about the hidden gems of the city/country that often go unnoticed. Make an itinerary of your trip to avoid last minute bookings so that you don’t miss out on sights!
Locals are what makes us fall in love with places. They are friendly, they give the best food recommendations, tell you about the city and it’s secrets and often leave you with a heavy heart when you come back home. Ask them to guide you around the city.
Travel in local trains/metros/buses instead of cars/cabs, go on foot if the place you are visiting is nearby. Apps like Moovit and Ridlr provide you information about real-time traffic, local trains, buses of virtually any city you go in!
Saving money is an extremely useful habit (especially for young people) which has its own perks! It makes you smarter in managing your money and in a pandemic where many people lost their jobs or had their incomes slashed, saving money for the future is a smart choice instead of mindlessly spending it on things which you don’t even need.
Travelling doesn’t necessarily mean draining your savings, if you’re smart about it.
So feed that wanderlust and travel away!
But also use these tips and your savings will be here to stay.