Everyone seems to be talking about tips and tricks to travel on a budget, it's no surprise. Traveling costs a lot of money and without proper planning, instead of traveling you might just keep planning and postponing because you can't seem to meet the financial target.
Here's some good news though, you don't have to be wealthy to make that trip and have fun while at it. I'll take you through 5 cost-cutting tricks that'll save you a ton of cash on your trip.
On the flight
In most cases, the greater part of your travel cost will come from flight expenses, and this can have a huge impact on the bottom line. Here are a few things you should try while planning out your flight.
Stick to carry-on luggage. Why? Because checked bags are expensive. It could cost you between $25 - $30, you can go ahead and multiply that by the amount of bags you have. If you are a heavy packer here is a list of things that will help you lighten up your luggage:
- Before you start packing, make a list of exactly what you'll need on the trip, this will help you avoid putting unnecessary items in your bag when you come by them as you begin to sort items out. Note too that rolling instead of folding clothes saves a ton of space. Also, pack clothes that you may mix and match or wear more than once. This is especially true for thick clothing like coats and sweaters.
- Wear your heaviest items like coats and booths, this will help you leave some space in your bag in case you want to bring home some souvenirs.
Don’t Change Currency At The Airport
I know. The weeks leading to your trip will be very busy so it may be tempting to purchase foreign currency at an airport kiosk or currency exchange counter if you don't have enough time to obtain cash at the bank before your trip. No doubt, those currency exchange guys at the airport provide convenience, but they are prominent for giving a less favorable exchange rate than those of your home bank.
So be sure to give yourself plenty of time to exchange money at your bank. With a little extra work, you may significantly reduce your costs.
Most travelers come home to scary phone bills after an international trip. While you can switch out your sim card for a local one to avoid international fees or purchase an international package with your current carrier, smart travelers opt for an eSIM because of the flexibility it offers in cost and connectivity.
Let's say you're based in Georgia and move to Nigeria on tour, Afrosim offers different prepaid data packages at affordable prices. This way you can very easily keep track of how much you spend on data while having zero worries about connectivity strength as coverage in the region is strong. You can check out the Afrosim data packages for Ghana HERE.
Use Downloadable And Digital Guides
A guide is your map around town. For affordable hotels, restaurants, transport options, tourist attraction sites, and the likes, download a city guide for your chosen destination so you can refer to it while you're on the road for the most recent information on excellent deals, free activities, and usually affordable places to dine and sites to visit. If you're traveling to Ghana you can find the FREE Afrosim travel guide HERE
Shop Like A Local
Did you know visiting the local markets when you travel not only makes up a huge part of your travel experience but saves you money?
When it comes to everyday items like fruit and coffee, find your local market and head there instead of the nearest supermarket chain. For you Ghana trip HERE are local markets you can visit to take care of your shopping needs.