Make a list and check it twice.
Before making travel arrangements, decide on the important things first. Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? How much is your budget? Are you traveling alone, or with a friend? Before anything else, you need to decide on these things to make traveling a lot easier.
Buy tickets in advance.
It pays to book early. Fare tickets are usually cheaper months before the actual departure date. Patience is the key. You may also want to sign up for free updates on latest deals and offers. However, you must always keep in mind that when booking in advance, you need to be 100% sure of the travel dates because changes could mean extra fees.
Look for bargains and discounts online.
The internet is the best place to scout for great travel deals. Websites and pages such as Agoda.com, TheTravelCouch, and e-philippines.com offer travel packages that are reasonably priced. Websites such as skyscanner.net and kayak.com peruse the web for you in search of the best web tickets for a destination.
Travel in a group.
Traveling in a group allows you to save more money because it means more people are dividing the expenses. Also, group discounts are everywhere. Not only will you have more people chipping in for the cost, but you will also get huge discounts on hotel room rates and tour deals.
Buy at local markets.
When traveling on a budget, you need to remember that food, beverages, toiletries and the more important stuff are always more expensive in hotels. It will save you more money if you buy from the local market (probably even better if you buy these things before the trip). Make a list of the things that you need to buy to avoid overspending and impulse buying.
Talk to the locals.
These people know the place better than anyone else. You can ask them how to get around the area, or even pay them to give you a tour. Their services are a lot cheaper than the hotel's. What's the best way to meet locals? Services such as couchsurfing.org or servas.net are a proven way of introducing yourself to someone who is willing to show you around or meet for a meal or a drink.
Sample the local cuisine.
That means eating where the locals eat! Forget tourist traps. Around Asia, street food is king! Hawker stalls mean fantastic flavors, all on a budget. In the Philippines, read up on blogs such as ourawesomeplanet.com, eatmatters.com and filipinotraveler.com for food recommendations.
Traveling on a budget is possible as long as you take the challenge. If you wish to save money, you can't be too picky. Besides, where's the fun and adventure in that?
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