Travelling is such a great experience and I want to travel all the time if it was possible. It's difficult though because travelling can get expensive and there are so many other responsibilities that need to be considered first. I wanted to share a few tips I use to reduce the cost of each trip. These tips allow me to travel more often, and help me be more budget conscious. No matter what the circumstances it's always nice to find ways to save.
1. Do Your Research
Research is so important I can't begin to explain. It's nice sometimes to jump on a plane head somewhere and living in a spontaneous moment. I've done it and it has been fun, but it can also be costly. If you want to budget yourself and stay within that budget then research everything. Don't go with the first thing you see, continue to look for other options. You'll be surprised that you can find better deals with the same perks by researching.
2. Find Free Attractions
Every city you visit will always have some sort of free attraction going on. Look at Toronto for example, it's a beehive of unlimited attractions to visit in the summer with all kinds of events going on for whatever you may fancy. Take a quick peek at their government website or just google free attractions. Every time I've done this, I've always found a couple of events that have caught my interest.
3. Go To The Beach
The beach is the cheapest place to go to not only enjoy yourself but get in some real relaxation time. Of course that depends on your destination. When in Miami there were at least three or four different beach options available all offering different events that were of no cost.
4. Explore The City
One of my favourite things to do is just walk around the city and explore. You never know what you're going to find and who you're going to meet. Just make sure to have a watch on you to keep track of the time, and a map so you don't get lost. By spending a day exploring the city you get to discover what the culture is, and feel as though you are a part of the city.
5. Low Cost Restaurants
There are many scales of restaurants to visit in any city and each offers a unique culinary experience. You can visit five star restaurants versus dives and still have a great experience. In New York City this past May we ended up finding a dive that had some of the most amazing pizza we've ever had. An important note to keep in mind is to do your research before hand to make sure it falls within the healthy and safety guidelines.
I hope some of these tips help you. I know while in school I used them all the time so I could travel but still fall within my budget. I still use them to ensure that I don't spend recklessly. If you have any questions feel free to shoot me an email.
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