One thing is clear whenever we post an article about Black women seeing the world: Although many of you have traveled extensively, others are itching to see the world, but don’t have the budgets to do so. After every article we publish on travel, inevitably, many chime in with, “that’s great, Clutch…but HOW?”
Well, Clutchettes…I’m in the same boat. I’m gearing up to take my very first trip to UK and have been wracking my brain (and the internet) to find THE best deals for my trip. Although I’m no expert (feel free to weigh-in!), I’ve found a few things to be quite helpful.
So, here are 3 tips for budget travelers looking to see the world!
Plan, Plan, Plan! One way to save THE most money seems to be to start with a good plan. Although you can fill in the details about what you’ll do at your destination once you get there, take some time to check out deals, travel sites, magazines, and homie recommendations to plan the best (and cheapest) trip possible. While you can find last minute travel deals at Budget Traveler, LastMinute.com, and TravelZoo, proper planning (months! In advance) allows you to save money as well as lock in lower prices.
Skip the Hotel: I know what you’re thinking, “No hotel, no way!” But being opening to different accommodation options may be the key to finally going on that vacation. Hostels, Bed & Breakfasts, Motels, and couch surfing are all cheaper options. For example, hotels in London are notoriously expensive. So as an alternative, I’ve been checking out AirBnB.com. Sites like AirBnB, CouchSurfing.org, VRBO, and CraigsList all offer cheaper housing options for vacations. Instead of having to pay hundreds of dollars a night for a hotel room, you can rent a room in an apartment or an entire flat for half that rate.
Be Flexible: The biggest way to save money and travel cheaply is to be flexible. Traveling to popular destinations during the off-season is one of the best ways to save a ton of cash and avoid large crowds of tourists. Also, don’t be afraid to bid on plane tickets, hotels, and rental cars. Sites like Priceline.com can save you upwards 40-50%, so bid till your hearts content!
Still wondering how you can afford a trip? Consider cutting something small from your budget, Starbux, Netflix, those shoes you love to buy when you get paid, and stack your chips. While you may not be able to go to Moroco tomorrow, after you’ve saved your money for 3, 6, or 9 months you might be able to afford it. And if not…you’ll be WELL on your way.
Clutchettes and Gents…how do you save money on travel? Share your tips with us!