Budget trip: 12 saving secrets

BUDGET TRAVEL: 12 SAVINGS SECRETS.

The first (and most important) law: do not be afraid to travel on your own . It’s easy, it’s interesting, it’s cheap. Some people do not even realize that it is possible to travel abroad without the involvement of agencies and other organizations – they believe that this is the only way to guarantee their safety. And as a result they either get a boring vacation mostly lying around, or spend unimaginable amounts of money on a more or less unconventional vacation. Travel independently is not only possible, but necessary!

Only independent travel can be considered a real trip, everything else is a tourist vacation. Everyone can organize a great trip, you just need to be a little independent. See our tips for planning independent travel to different countries and cities.

In our opinion, it is especially interesting to travel by car (personal or rented) – complete freedom of movement! Traveling by motorcycle is also awesome! But in those countries where the weather is mostly bad – it’s not very comfortable.

Going on vacation on a tour, you limit yourself and hardly get as many experiences and memories, as from traveling alone. But we understand that many people are not ready to dare to make an independent trip (especially abroad). One way or another, a trip is better than going nowhere at all. Rest on a tour package can also be budget. If you are lucky enough to find a good deal on a last minute tour, you can go on vacation for only 7-10 thousand rubles per person.

Find the cheapest airline tickets

The ability to find and book airline tickets at the lowest price is the most necessary skill for budget travel. The main rule to always remember is that the earlier the purchase is made, the better the chances of finding an attractively priced option.

It is best to search for airline tickets on the metasearch engines Skyscanner or Aviasales, as they will find you the best deals for any destination. These are good assistants for independent travelers, as they search for tickets among hundreds of airlines and do not charge a ruble commission from the buyer. The search engine allows you to watch the price of tickets to any country at once from all cities in Russia (or any other country) – a very convenient feature for budget travelers, allows you to find an option at the best price.

We also recommend that all lovers of travel get a Tinkoff-Bank “All Airlines” bank card. With all purchases you will receive cacheback in the form of miles, which can then be used to pay for tickets purchased from any airline! Particularly high cacheback is credited on ticket and hotel reservations (up to 10%). Also, the owner is given a free travel insurance policy for trips around the world.

Do it yourself

Why go through an intermediary and pay him double or triple the amount? You don’t need an agent to help you if you want to buy something in a supermarket, and you don’t need to do it here either. We’re going to travel economically, not to improve the well-being of other people.

Find information on the Internet about the nearest consulate or visa center of the desired country, gather all the required documents and go to them. Many people think that it is more reliable to go through an agency, as it is less likely to be denied a visa. This is a misconception, because the entire mission of these intermediaries is that they will take the documents to the consulate instead of you. Tips on how to properly gather your documents to increase your chances of getting a visa can easily be found online.

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Look for and book lodging correctly

To make your trip cheap, you need to find inexpensive accommodations. You can use an excellent metasearch engine Roomguru.ru and choose the right hotel according to your criteria and reasonable price. This resource compares prices among different booking agencies and finds the best deals. A large database of hotels, hostels, guest houses and so on.

An alternative to hotels is the popular private accommodation service Airbnb.ru. Try to find an apartment or house for your trip. It’s much more comfortable and often cheaper (especially if traveling with a company or family). The service has a huge selection of unique accommodations (beautiful apartments, villas, and even residential boats and castles!), which will make your trip much more enjoyable and memorable.

And for those who want to live for free, Couchsurfing is a vital resource, where after registering and creating a personal profile you can find people willing to host travelers. The network reaches millions of users around the globe.

Travel light.

Take only what you truly need – no excess baggage. As a result: do not have to pay for excess weight (in general, the lowcostostars any luggage is always paid separately and can cost you up to a hundred euros), and move around the airport and at your destination will be much easier and more pleasant if you do not have to drag along a huge suitcase and bags.

Find out in advance about airport transfers

Cab is always the most expensive way to travel, it’s much more advantageous to use public transport: bus, subway, train. Read about all the options for getting from the airport to the city before you fly – you will save a lot of time and money.

However sometimes it is more convenient and cheaper to use individual transfer, for example when you are traveling with a large group and you book a large car. In these cases, we can recommend a reliable service KiwiTaxi. Better yet, rent a car directly at the airport (find the best offer on Skyscanner Car Hire ).

Overnight travel instead of a hotel

Overnight travel by train or bus makes traveling cheaper. This is a good opportunity to save time and money on a hotel at the same time. It is better to take first class tickets – you’ll pay a little extra, but you’ll be comfortable and you’ll get a good night’s sleep. The buses are not that comfortable, so it’s better not to go overboard and plan for a daily overnight trip – your body will swear. However, there are some buses slippers, which feature reclining cushioned shelves instead of standard seats. This is definitely a great option for a budget trip without losing comfort.

In Russia, it is also convenient to travel on trains for short distances, picking up overnight trips. For example, from St. Petersburg to Moscow, from Perm to Kazan – the way takes exactly one night, excellent sleep. Routes are many options.

Use the discounts

Groupon gives you the opportunity to buy heavily discounted coupons for a variety of things and activities: restaurants, stores, entertainment, attractions, outdoor activities, etc. If you are a student, a young teacher or just under 30 years old, it makes sense to get yourself an ISIC, ITIC or IYTC card. In Europe and North America, with these you can get good discounts in a variety of places – from cafes to museums.

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Save on communication

Use Skype or Viber to keep in touch with Russia. Connect to local operators for local calls and 3G internet. By the way, you can also use Skype to call all landlines and mobile numbers – there is a charge, but they are inexpensive.

Use public transport tickets

Learn about the public transport ticket system. There are usually many different types of passes, depending on the mode of transportation, length of validity, and travel zones. Think about what type of ticket is best for you. If you want to save money and decided to travel by fare, keep in mind that in many countries (especially in Europe) the penalties for stowaways are very high.

Also in many popular tourist cities there are special museum cards, which give discounts on attractions and allow not to stand in line.

Organize your own excursions

It’s always cheaper to get to the place you want without agencies and guides, besides you make your own program of visiting – there’s no need to adjust to a given schedule and rhythm.

Eat at local restaurants

Eat cheap and delicious at the same time when you travel. Restaurants aimed at tourists are always slamming prices. And in the places favored by the locals themselves you will find authentic national cuisine, minimal prices and the tastiest dishes. If you see lots of local customers in a restaurant or a cafe, you’re in for a treat.

Budget trip: 12 saving secrets

There is nothing difficult about making a trip on a budget. A little planning and a few savings secrets are all you need. Airfare, hotels, visas, transportation, food, communications – on all of these items you can reduce costs if you try a little harder. MAKE-TRIP shares with you a dozen useful tips on how to travel cheap . Hurry and find out!

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1. Travel on your own!

The first (and most important) law: don’t be afraid to travel on your own . It’s easy, it’s interesting, it’s cheap. Some people do not even realize that traveling abroad is possible without the involvement of agencies and other organizations, they believe that the only way to guarantee their safety. And as a result they either get a boring vacation mostly lying around, or spend unimaginable amounts of money on a more or less unconventional vacation. Travel independently is not only possible, but necessary! Only independent travel can be considered a real trip, everything else is a tourist vacation. Everyone can organize a great trip, you just need to be a little independent. See our tips for planning independent travel to different countries and cities.

In our opinion it is especially interesting to travel by car (personal or rented) – complete freedom of movement! If you are interested in this option, read our tips on traveling by car. Traveling by motorcycle is also awesome!

Going on vacation on a trip, you limit yourself and hardly get as many impressions and memories, as from an independent travel. But we understand that many people are not ready to make an independent trip (especially abroad). Anyway, a trip is better than going nowhere at all! Rest on a tour package can also be budget. If you are lucky enough to find a great last minute tour, you can fly to rest for only 10-15 thousand rubles per person. In order to learn how to find such proposals and budget rest, read our tips for finding low-cost tours.

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2. Find the cheapest airline tickets

Knowing how to find and book airline tickets at the lowest price is the most necessary skill for budget travel. The main rule to always remember is that the earlier you make a purchase, the better your chances of finding an attractive price. To become a true master of finding the cheapest airline tickets will help you our 15 Jedi tips. It makes sense to track the current airline promotions on our website and see our special reviews of the cheapest ways to get to a particular country or city.

Also make sure you read about how to travel cheaply to Europe – in this article we told about schemes of cheap travel to Schengen countries through the European countries bordering Russia. In addition, we advise to learn about the low-cost airlines, which allow you to fly for amounts close to zero (to buy tickets for 20/30/40 euros is not a problem).

It’s best to look for airline tickets on the Aviasales metasearch engine – it will find you the best deals for any destination. This is a good helper for independent travelers, because it searches for tickets among hundreds of airlines and does not take a ruble commission from the buyer. The search engine allows you to watch the price of tickets to any country from all cities in Russia (or any other country) at once – a very convenient feature for budget travelers, it allows you to find the best option at the best cost.

We also recommend that all lovers of travel get a bank card “Tinkoff-Bank” All Airlines (as a gift: the first year of service free). With all purchases you’ll get cashback in the form of miles, which can then be used to pay for tickets purchased from any airline! Particularly high cashback is credited on ticket and hotel reservations (up to 10%). Also, the owner is given a free travel insurance policy for trips around the world. It really is a great card – we enjoy using it and get nice bonuses (e.g. free flights to Istanbul and Phuket). Read more in my review of the Tinkoff card.

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3. Do the visas yourself.

Why resort to an intermediary and pay him double or triple the amount? You don’t go to a travel agent if you want to buy something in a supermarket, so you don’t have to do it here either. We are going to travel economically, not to improve the welfare of strangers.

Find information on the Internet about the nearest consulate or visa center of the desired country, gather all the required documents and go to them. Many people believe that it is more reliable to go through an agency, as it is less likely to be denied a visa. This is a misconception, because the entire mission of these intermediaries is that they will take the documents to the consulate instead of you. Tips on how to properly gather the documents to increase your chances of getting a visa are easy to find on the Internet. Our website also has a section on visas for a number of popular destinations.

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4. Look for and book lodging correctly

To make your trip cheap, you need to find inexpensive accommodations. You can use an excellent metasearch engine Hotellook.ru and choose the right hotel according to your criteria and reasonable price. This resource compares prices among different booking agencies and finds the best deals. A large database of hotels, hostels, guest houses and so on. We recommend reading our tips on how to book hotels cheaper.

An alternative to hotels is a popular service for renting private accommodations Daily.ru. Try to find an apartment or house for your trip. It is much more comfortable and often cheaper (especially if traveling with a company or family). The service offers a wide range of accommodation in Russia and the CIS countries.

And for those who generally want to live for free, a vital resource Couchsurfing, where after registering and creating a personal profile, you can find people willing to shelter travelers. The network reaches millions of users around the world.

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5. Travel light.

Take only what you really need – don’t be burdened by excessive luggage. In the end – a number of advantages: no need to wait long for the luggage issuance, no threat of losing it, will not have to pay for excess weight (and the low-cost companies in general, any luggage is always paid separately and can cost you up to a hundred euros), and to move around the airport and at your destination will be much easier and more pleasant if you do not have to drag along a huge suitcase and bags. We even fly to Asia for semi-annual hibernation with only one backpack per person.

Read our tips for packing for the trip and creating a travel kit. By the way, we recommend shopping at Aliexpress (we order there travel gear, equipment, and many accessories) – it turns out much better than shopping in conventional stores. Pay attention to reviews to choose the best product. Another good store sports and travel goods – Decathlon (there we bought a tent, hiking clothing and other equipment for trips to the Altai and the Caucasus).

6. In advance find out about the transfer from the airport.

Cab – this is always the most expensive way to get around, it is much more advantageous to use public transport: bus, subway, train. Read about all the options to get from the airport to the city before you fly – so you can save a lot of money.

However sometimes it is more convenient and cheaper to use individual transfer, for example when you are traveling with a large group and you book a car. For these cases, we can recommend a reliable service KiwiTaxi. Better yet, rent a car at the airport (to find the best offer, please go to Rentalcars.com).

(Photo by martinak15. Licensed by cc by. www.flickr.com).

7. Overnight travel instead of a hotel

Overnight travel by train and bus will make the trip cheaper. This is a good opportunity to save time and money on hotel costs at the same time. It is better to take first class tickets – you will have to pay a little extra, but you will be comfortable and you will get a good night’s sleep. The buses are not that comfortable, so it’s better not to go overboard and plan for a daily overnight trip – your body will swear. However, in some places there are buses-slippers, whose feature – lying cushioned shelves instead of the standard seats (we’ve done more than one overnight trip in Vietnam). This is definitely a great option for a budget trip without losing comfort.

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In Russia, too, it is convenient to travel on trains for short distances, picking up overnight trips. For example, we did it from St. Petersburg to Moscow, from Perm to Kazan – the trip took us exactly one night and we had an excellent sleep. There are a lot of route options. You can find and book a train ticket on tutu.ru.

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8. Use discounts

Groupon gives you the opportunity to buy heavily discounted coupons for a variety of things and activities: restaurants, stores, entertainment, attractions, outdoor activities, etc. If you are a student, a young teacher or just under 30 years old, it makes sense to get yourself an ISIC, ITIC or IYTC card. In Europe and North America, with these you can get good discounts in a variety of places – from cafes to museums.

9.

Use Skype or Viber to communicate with Russia. Connect to local operators for local calls and 3G internet. By the way, you can also use Skype to call any landline and cell phone numbers – these calls are paid, but inexpensive (for example, we used this opportunity to call from Vietnam to Russia to unblock the Sberbank card).

10. Use the travel card

Learn about the public transport ticket system. There are usually many different types of passes, depending on the mode of transportation, length of validity, and travel zones. Think about what type of ticket is best for you. If you want to save money and decided to travel by fare, keep in mind that in many countries (especially in Europe) the penalties for stowaways are very high.

Also in many popular tourist cities there are special museum cards, which give discounts on attractions and allow not to stand in line.

Organize your own excursions

It’s always cheaper to get to the place you want without agencies and guides, besides you make your own program of visiting – there’s no need to adjust to a given schedule and rhythm.

(Photo by Moyan_Brenn. Licensed by cc by. www.flickr.com)

12. Eat at local establishments

Eat cheap and delicious at the same time when you travel. Restaurants aimed at tourists are always slamming prices. And in the places favored by the locals themselves you will find authentic national cuisine, minimal prices and the tastiest dishes. If you see lots of local customers in a restaurant or a cafe, you’re in for a treat.

To find a good place to eat, the tastiest local dishes and prices, read our gastronomic reviews for different cities and countries: Abkhazia, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, UAE, Montenegro, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris, St. Petersburg.

Follow these tips, read MAKE-TRIP.RU and travel on a budget!

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