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Budget Travel Doesn't Have to be Boring!
With so many people focusing on money saving strategies, it's no surprise that this should carry over into the yearly holiday. While you still want to have a bit of downtime with your family, you're not willing to shell out the money that you did in the past. The good news is that budget travel doesn't have to be boring! In fact, if you do it right, it's likely that no one will even know that you are watching your expenses.
The first place to start is close to home. Most people who plan a holiday overlook the local options and this is unfortunate. Start looking at your hometown through the eyes of a tourist. What you will likely find is festivals, events, venues and great food! Join the growing crowd that is taking the "staycation". This will automatically cut out travel expenses, lodging and much of the cost of food that accompanies most holidays. Does your town host a yearly renaissance fair? Check it out! Is there an art museum that gets rave reviews? Go see what it has to offer! Many locals have never taken advantage of the cultural opportunities right in their own front yard. When you have some time off, stick close to home. This is one of the best ways to facilitate budget travel.
Even if you do decide to venture outside of town, you can still cut your costs. There are several common strategies for budget travel. The first is to travel during an off season. During prime holiday time, venues charge more for entry. Hotel stays are also more expensive. Travel oriented businesses are often willing to cut prices drastically during dry spells just to make a sell. This leads to the next point. Don't be afraid to negotiate! Ask for a manager and request a better price. Being prepared with competitors rates can give you more negotiating power. Finally, any time you travel over the road, there can be many hidden expenses. One of these is the food. Eating on the fly can quickly add up. Plan ahead! Pack affordable snacks for the road to avoid emergency pit stops. Also, consider favouring the grocery store over a restaurant. Bring a cooler to make this easier. You can spend half as much for more nutritious food at the grocery store. Besides, it's likely you will have leftovers for another meal as well, further stretching the budget.
While everyone wants to save money, no one enjoys feeling deprived. The good news is that budget travel doesn't have to be a chore. Start out by exploring what activities you can engage in locally. When travelling out of town, use a few simple techniques to keep your money where it belongs, which is in your pocket! Travel during the off season and don't be afraid to negotiate for a better price. Finally, keep a handle of hidden expense like food. With a just a bit of effort, you can save money without sacrificing a good time.