9 Tips To Stick To Your Budget
How many holidays have you been on where you don’t have to count your coins for it? If you’re an avid traveler, the answer is probably not many. Most of us who spend time daydreaming out of the window often think about the luxurious destinations such as far-flung Australia, busy and bustling Indonesia, cold and snowy Canada. We don’t think about the money involved in the holiday because we’re busy daydreaming, not actually planning. So, when the time comes to sit down and choose a travel destination, you’ve got to start putting the money into the equation and think about how you can have that dream trip away – and stick to your budget at the same time.I
This isn’t always easy, and it’s important to remember that before you get planning. It can be tempting to want to save a few thousand and then blow the whole lot on the business class flights and top notch accommodation. This would be lovely and full of luxury, but what do you plan to do when you arrive on day one of ten, and you’re almost out of cash already? It’s just not travel smart, and this is what you need to be if you want your adventure to be one to remember and stress-free. Sticking to these tips while you’re on the road is only going to be good for your wallet as well as your memories, so let’s take a look.
Count Your Cash
No matter where you plan to go and what you plan to do, sit down every day and write a list of what you spent and when. Apps like this one can help you to cut down the time you spend trying to list every last item, but knowing where your cash is going can help you to make the right choices tomorrow. Have you overspent on food today? It’s time to set up the food budget. The numbers matter.
Break It Down
Ideally, before you even head out on your trip, you need to figure out a daily budget AFTER accommodation and flights. If you’re staying in new places every day, this may have to include what you want to spend on where you sleep. Make up a budget per person and stick to that budget; if you go over, have a couple of quieter days to get through the slump.
Speaking of accommodation, you need to think about the cost wherever you go. When you’re dipping a toe in the oceans of Indonesia and living your best life with local cuisine, you have to consider where you’ll be sleeping for the night. You want the cheapest accommodation possible for your money, and there are plenty of options online.
Take Your Time
Most people go on a holiday abroad and they try to pack in as many activities as possible in the smallest amount of time. Two weeks to travel a country is often just not enough time to get it right. Instead, think about slowing it down. Slow travel has more benefits than you think, and you should consider how slower travel can save you money. If you stay around in one place for a longer period of time, you can learn more about the cheapest eateries and accommodation without much issue. You can make deals for accommodation nights, and you can even get a longer travel passes for internal travel.
Public Transport – GO, GO, GO!
Speaking of travel passes, you need to think about letting go of a hire car and going it with public transport instead. While you may not get quite the same amount of freedom, you instead get to live a little more like a local and get to know the area in a way that the highways wouldn’t have shown you. Regular buses and cross-country trains can give you a taste of what it’s like to be a resident there, and who doesn’t want to share their seat with a chicken or two?
Learn To Love The Local Food
From street food to market stalls with vats of something delicious, local food can be dirt cheap – especially in places like Indonesia. Take the time to find the local cuisine cooked authentically, and you’ll eat like a king without even paying through the nose for it.
To Market, To Market
Shopping centres and local high streets filled with clothing stores and electronic stores are nice to browse on a Saturday, but the market is something you can do as an immersive experience. Local markets are filled with people bartering for something unusual, and you’ll hear local chatter, smell local foods, and you can get so much for so little. It’s worth strolling around the markets to get to know the best prices for the things that you need, and if you’re cooking for yourself, it’s the best place for cheaper veggies and meats!
Don’t Buy On Impulse
It’s easy to do, but you are on a daily budget. The last thing you want to do is bust the budget based on some custom-made shoes that look great. Keep your budget in check, and you can use anything left over to spend where you want at the end of the holiday.
Focus On The Fun
You’re on holiday in a dream destination. Bali beaches and Singapore street food have never been so good, so don’t get hung up on the money. You have your budget, stick to that, and you can make the entire holiday about the fun you’re having and the places that you plan to see – not the cash counting.
A trip on a budget never sounds like much fun, but it’s one of the best ways for you to forget the stress of worrying about money and just focus on the daily budget. You have spent time daydreaming about this trip you’re embarking on, so why not go and enjoy it!?