I’ve always loved travelling and my list of places I want to visit never seems to go down and one thing which i’ve noticed is that travelling doesn’t always need to be expensive. Like most people i’m trying to hold on to bank holidays and use the least amount of holiday from work in order to get away as often as I can.
I decided a while ago that I wanted to go away at Easter and ended up going to Sweden for five days after using some of these tips for travelling on a budget.
Use the Sky Scanner app for flights
Having been introduced to this app by a friend I don’t think i’d ever consider travelling without using it. The app combines every flight imaginable to give you comparable prices and it’s great if you are open on when to travel or even where you want to go. Unless I know exactly where I want to go – which is rare because there are so many options – I tend to search when I want to travel and find the cheapest flights to someone I want to go, and decision made. This is exactly why I ended up in Sweden for Easter.
The app is free to download from the app store for android and iPhones.
Don’t be scared off by hostels
Again this was another fantastic tip by a friend and something which I recently tried out after realising hotels in Sweden were a little more expensive than I wanted to spend. Hostels tend to be more central because they’re used by younger people and those travelling so the locations are great and they tend to be much cheaper. I used to think that hostels were all about sharing one massive room with loads of strangers but actually it can be much like a hotel than you think.
When I stayed in Stockholm we had a private room with an en-suite so the only difference was that it was a little smaller than a standard hotel room. In Gothenberg we had a private room but this time had a shared bathroom, which really wasn’t bad. Everything was clean, I never had to queue for anything and we didn’t have to walk far to get to them. The only thing worth noting with hostels is that you usually have to pay extra for bedding and towels so if you can take your own.
Maximize the use of Air B n B
Air B n B is probably one of the best invented app’s out there and a group of us used the app when we went to Budapest last September. People advertise their own homes/ flats, places they rent out or holiday homes on here and you can hire them out for as long as you want. There are some awesomely quirky places on there including hiring out yurts and boats, but this is really good especially if there’s a larger group of you. I am pretty sure between seven of us in Budapest we paid about £25 for 2 nights at the apartment we hired out which is just insane when you think about it.
You can get the app for free for android or iPhones or visit their site.
Choose Eastern Non-Euro countries
There’s no denying the Euro isn’t great so choosing a country not in the Euro can be a great choice especially the more Eastern European countries. Again going back to Budapest everything was so cheap there and I came back with quite a bit of money (something which NEVER happens with me) and when I went to Poland it was also cheap, in fact most nights we paid roughly £12 for a 3 course meal and a few alcoholic drinks. Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and countries like these could leave you spending less money than you think when you’re away.
Booking attractions in advance and check out visitor/ student deals
A lot of places will allow you to book in advance and save some money, from cross country train travel to attractions. This means you not only save money but you can save yourself some time when you’re out there too. I made the mistake when we went to Sweden of not booking our trains in advance. We had a 6 hour train journey from Stockholm to Gothenburg which could have been as cheap as £10 in advance, but we paid about £50 on the day so I have certainly learnt about this. This is something though i’ve used a lot when I go to the states booking theatre tickets and Empire State building access.