Traveling is something that we should all experience in our lives. Staying in one place can be boring and uneventful, not to mention a bit unhealthy for you mentally. Getting out and experiencing the litany of things that the world has to offer is a part of life and one we should all partake in.
The thing about traveling is that it can be expensive. Not only can it cost a lot of money to travel, it can cost you money at work if you have to take time off. Some places will compensate you for vacation time, but if you log a lot of overtime hours at your job, losing those overtime hours can be a big loss of revenue.
But traveling doesn’t have to break the bank. You can travel within your means and enjoy many of the sights and sounds that this big, beautiful world has to offer.
Save on Food
One of the biggest expenses that comes with travel is eating out. Especially if you are going to a tourist destination (Orlando, FL comes to mind), there are a huge array of restaurants. Unfortunately, eating out is already expensive and those places will likely have higher than normal prices on their menu. They do this because they can: it’s convenient and they know that a few dollars more likely won’t change the minds of those providing their patronage.
So to save while vacationing, making a grocery list can be immensely helpful. Shop for the bulk of your food for the duration of your stay and make meals where you are staying. It’s not as fun or convenient as eating out but it won’t be fun when your budget is busted wide open two days into a trip, either.
Think About Transportation
One of the biggest costs involve car rentals. You can spend several hundred dollars by renting a car for a week, though it is highly convenient to have your own car. But to save, you can try taking shuttles if you are staying at a resort or public transportation depending on the area.
Again, this is not about convenience: it is about stretching the value of your money so that you can see more sights and more destinations across the globe.
Traveling can be on the budget you’d like, but it takes discipline. A little discipline means a lot of vacation.