Tuesday, 7 January 2014

10 Ways to Save Money While Travelling

People often assume that travelling costs a lot of money, but it doesn't have to. Usually, the cheaper ways you find to explore new places, the more interesting your time there will be.
Vang Vieng, Laos

During July and August, my husband and I honeymooned around Thailand, Viet Nam and Laos on a budget of £12 a day. OK, so we went over that a little - but we didn't break the bank. I've been asked how we could afford to spend seven weeks in Asia, so I thought I'd share with you some of our techniques (and some great websites that you might not have heard about).

1. Travel to cheap countries. It might sound obvious, but there's no way we could have spent so little per day if we had been in Australia, Finland or Japan. The beauty of Thailand is that you can get a meal for less than £1, and a 20-minute taxi ride would rarely reach £2. Research countries that have a low cost of living, but that still have things that you want to see and do.

2. Buy a phone/SIM card IN the country. A lot of people use roaming charges when they take their phone to a new country. This can be extortionate (if your phone even works there) and is one of the reasons travellers spend a lot of money. Wait until you're in the country, and pick up a SIM card - you can often buy them at the airport. I found a very basic phone in Thailand for around £8, and their call/text charges are really low. That way, if you need to call your hotel to find out where it is, you won't end up paying more than the nightly rate for the phone call.