One of the most common reasons I hear from people who don’t travel is that it’s just too expensive. Travel can be costly, there’s no debating that. But there “are” ways to make it more affordable. Here are a few suggestions:
- First rule of thumb, travel during the off-season. Tourist seasons vary by destinations but generally speaking, the summer months and holiday breaks often translate into higher costs for everything from hotels to fuel. Consider early in the year or the beginning of fall for your next getaway instead.
- Look for hotel alternatives wherever you’re traveling. Hostels aren’t for everyone, but they’re not your only option. Consider vacation rentals, registered AirBNBs or even destinations where you can stay with a friend or relative for at least part of your time away.
- If you’ve got a bit of flexibility in your schedule, keep an eye out for last minute bookings. There are definitely deals to be had on hotels, airfares, even cruises, if you’re willing to book and be out the door within 24 or 48 hours.
- Whether you’re traveling for relaxation or exploration, you don’t need to jet off for weeks at a time to get the experience you want. Shorter travel blocks offer the same benefits as longer vacations, and they can cost much less. Shorter also often means closer to home, so you’ll have the added bonus of driving and saving on the cost of airfare.
- If you don’t mind pitching in as part of your travel experience, a so-called “volunteer vacation” can help you afford to travel. You’re still responsible for getting to your destination, but many travel organizations pay for accommodation, food, travel within the destination, insurance, and even some local and cultural activities.