We have curated tips on how to travel on a budget Travelling can be one of the best things you can do in your lifetime, explore places, immerse yourself in different cultures, try out different cuisines, learn to speak different languages or just a phrase or two. The experiences and lessons gotten through travel cannot be quantified or bought with money.
Contrary to what most people believe, travel doesn’t have to be a luxury or out of reach for the majority. You can travel on a budget, with appropriate planning and a little sacrifice here and there it is possible.
To travel on a budget, Determine how much you have, and how much you are willing to spend, your destination and the duration of your trip. Decide if you want a luxury trip or you want to immerse yourself in the culture of the people. Your highest expense for the trip should be your flight and hotel.
Start searching for flights 3 months- 6 weeks before your scheduled departure. Visit flight comparison sites like google flights (google flight is not available to Africa yet), www.skyscanner.com , www.monondo.com or if you are in Nigeria you could try www.wakanow.com .
You could get suggestions on destinations if you have none in mind using Google Flights, if you click on explore destinations, you can also use direct airline sites, there are budget airlines like Ryanair, Fly Frontier or Spirit Airlines, however if you are flying these airlines, try to travel light as their excess luggage fees tend to be on the high side.
Search for flights frequently as the prices of the flight tickets fluctuate.
Set price alerts on sites like hopper.com you would see how prices fluctuate as you would be sent emails when prices drop or go up.
Be flexible in picking your flight days, time, airlines and even departure cities if you are not tied to a schedule. For example, if you are flying from Nigeria flying from Lagos, Abuja or Port Harcourt have different rates so based on the rates you can decide on which city to fly from.
Try searching for flight legs separately, instead of a return ticket to see if it would be cheaper.
Try scheduling your flight for a weekday as against flying on the weekend as people tend to travel a lot during the weekend especially Sundays.
Flights with a high total travel time and multiple stops would be cheaper than flights with shorter travel time and with no stop or just one stopover.
Try searching at nights, when every other person is most likely asleep.
Clear your browsing history and cookies and use an incognito tab to search for flight, so to the search engine you are a new person so they offer you the best prices cos if the systems see you have been searching for a particular destination for a while, it registers that you need to go to that particular destination and offers you somewhat high prices.
I hope this post encourages you to consider taking that well deserved holiday you have been putting off for a while now. Start making plans to travel on a budget.