The world is a big and wonderful place filled with things you wouldn’t believe. Or rather, you would believe it, but the magic of witnessing it up close and personal is second to nothing. From the implausibility of the near vertical streets in Edinburgh and the bizarre way that Cardiff Castle is located not behind a guarded wall but can rather be found standing around minding its business on the high street, to the world’s tastiest street food in Corfu and the incredible size of Milan’s central train station (it’s like a spare Colosseum), I love it all. The only problem is, flights aren’t free and neither are the hotels or various modes of transport that you’ll need to hop on and off if you’re going to get around in anything approaching timely fashion. That’s why I thought I’d share my thoughts on boosting your saving power, because itchy feet can happen at a moment’s notice.
Solve your debt woes
Saving up the cash to travel is made all that much easier if you have fewer or lower monthly payments coming out of your income. Using creditfix is a great way to get answers. Check out ways to ensure you bad spending habits are kicked to the curb, make plans for better savings and learn how to free up entire sections of your budget. I’ve always been a fan of dividing income into separate piles of cash – that way, you always know that you’re chipping away at debts and putting money aside for what’s really important. Take it from me, there’s very little future in treating your current account as a singular hold-all for your incomings, outgoings, and savings. Make the right choice and sort out your finances to make sure you always have that steady stream of funding towards your next trip.
Stay on top of holiday deals
You may not know this, but cheap flights get released in the same way that musicians release albums. There are set dates that are announced in advance, with information letting you know exactly what to expect. If you’re serious about travelling and keeping costs low, don’t rely on last minute flights. For a start, tickets on last minute flights are often what’s left over from people who booked in advance and that means there may not even be any flights available for where you want to go, limiting your options. Instead, take the proactive approach. Research the airlines. Check out when the cheaper flights are going to be announced. Be the first in the queue.
Try somewhere new
If you’re new to travelling, you probably want to see the sights you’ve heard so much about. Paris. Rome. Barcelona. And that’s entirely to be expected. The only problem is that the popularity of these destinations can drive up prices. There’s a reason comparison sites are doing a roaring trade at the moment. Everybody wants the cheapest flights and the cheapest hotel rooms. Well, if you want cheap, avoid the tourist traps. Try somewhere new. You can usually be certain that prices will be cheaper if you haven’t heard of the flight destination. Open your mind to the possibility of seeing strange new places and benefit from much lower travel prices.