You’re up to your neck in a noose and can’t afford to go on a trip this summer? You’re crazy about mortgage expenses, car insurance, kids, blah blah blah. Don’t worry about it. It’s happened to all of us at one time or another. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a millionaire to go on a trip. If you know how you can organize a simple getaway by considerably reducing your travel expenses. If you want to tighten your belt, but still travel, take a look at this article with all the tips to save money on your travels that you need to keep in mind.
Sometimes travel agencies have really irresistible last-minute discounts. From pack deals with very tempting accommodation+flying to super cool destinations, or discount coupons on hotels that are a real bargain.
For example, a friend of mine recently found a discount from Carrefour Viajes on the CupoNation website and went to New York with a flight and hotel offer for just over 500 euros. Don’t think twice and take advantage of the discounts offered by Carrefour Viajes, both nationally and internationally. If you want to know more, take a look here.
Try to be flexible both in terms of dates and destination
One of the conclusions I have drawn from my travels is that in the end, a destination you have between your eyes may end up looking like a landmark. And another destination, which you reluctantly go to, may end up enchanting you. Adaptation is the key to happiness.
To take advantage of last-minute travel offers, I advise you to avoid closing up on one destination and try to be open to several options. In addition to the Carrefour Travel offers a tool that I really like to use is the “anywhere” option in the Skyscanner flight comparator. With this option, you can search for flights from a certain place and you will see the possible destinations from lower to a higher price.
Using this option I decided to go to Morocco because I found a round-trip flight for 50 euros, how could I let it go? If you want to know more about flights I recommend you take a look at this article on how to find cheap flights.
tips for saving money on travel
Have you heard of the collaborative economy or working in exchange for accommodation?
To finance a trip there are a lot of options beyond having to end up sleeping in a crappy hostel or on the couch of a stranger’s house. There are other options that can be quite interesting.
For example, you have the option to make a home exchange. You leave your house to someone else and, at the same time, that person leaves you his or her house. It makes sense to do this between locations other than your own, of course. For example, I leave my house to Fulanito who lives in Malaga and wants to come to Santander because he is fed up with the heat, and I go to his house in Malaga to eat sardine skewers happier than the flamenco of WhatsApp. If you are interested in this system, check out homeforhome.com or interchangeodecasas.com.
Another option is to do some kind of work in exchange for accommodation. What has been “tra-traveling”. Now I hear a lot about TrustedHousesitters. It is a platform that allows you to stay in private houses while the owner is away, in exchange for you taking care of the dog. This option is perfect for animal lovers.
Of these types of trips financed on the basis of the collaborative economy, there is a huge range of options on the net. From working on organic farms (Wwoofing) to volunteering for accommodation (Workaway), working in hotels or teaching languages around the world (TalkTalkbnb).
Book your airport parking well in advance
It may sound like a load of crap, but on my last trip to Granada for leaving everything for the last day, I forgot to book the airport car park and paid 50% more than if I had done it a few days earlier. I recommend that you book at least 24 or 48 hours in advance if you want to save some money.
And don’t forget the option to book a low-cost car park that is not the typical one offered by Aena. It will be a little further away from the airport, but it will be perfectly connected and probably much cheaper. All major cities in Spain already have this type of service.