Everybody loves to plan an exciting vacation in a new destination. That’s precisely what bucket lists are for. However, ticking off your bucket list destinations can be challenging. Ultimately, your holiday bucket list typically includes countries that are far away, and that requires adequate planning. It’s not a matter of a last-minute weekend in Paris or Berlin. Bucket lists mean organising, scheduling, and, the most important, budgeting. Indeed, visiting a new country or reaching a different continent has a high cost. You can’t afford to book your big vacation without making sure it won’t drag your finances in the red.
Budgeting for your holiday is not only a matter of saving enough money to book your flight tickets and your hotels. You also need to figure out how to make the most of your vacations without breaking the bank, which means how to entertain yourself without incurring high expenses. A lot of travellers tend to save ahead of their vacations, but they forget to keep to a strict budget once they’ve arrived. Unfortunately, it’s easy to splash out when you’re visiting a new place. After all, you only live once, and you want to have fun. Granted, you can’t enjoy your holidays on a shoestring budget. But there’s a lot you can do and see without relying on your credit card all the time. Here is how to discover foreign cultures on a budget.
Start saving ahead
One thing is for sure: you need to prepare your holiday savings. Booking for your travel and accommodation arrangements is expensive; therefore you should have a strategy to build a savings pot for your vacation. Simple changes in your everyday routines can make a big difference. For a start, it can be a good idea to create a meal budget so that you can feed your family without overspending. More importantly, your meal budget is a fantastic tool to avoid food waste! Additionally, if you need to make big purchases, make sure to research options to buy second hand. Marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay are perfect for used items that have still plenty of life in them! You can save yourself a lot of money in the process.
However, finding areas where you can cut down costs is only half of your saving strategy. You also need to estimate how much you want to save for your trip and how to divide your holiday capital once you’ve reached your destination. After all, you’re going to use your savings not only for booking but also for everyday vacation costs. It can be useful to get a sense of life costs before you travel.
Consider a guided tour
When you’re visiting somewhere new, it’s always a good idea to figure out the best programme for sightseeing. However, as an independent tourist, you might find yourself queueing for long periods of time and paying full price to access monuments and sites. But, by comparison, joining guided trips, such as group tours to Egypt can ensure not only the best and quickest access to all exciting sites but also the best cost per visit. Nowadays, you would need to book your tickets in advance to see the tomb of famous Pharaohs, without mentioning waiting in line for several hours. With a guided tour, you get scheduled access guaranteed, and even a friendly and knowledgeable guide to looking after you. In a country such as Egypt where everything is negotiable, it’s best to follow travel experts who can help you make the most of your trip.
Be creative about souvenirs
Ah, souvenirs! Who doesn’t buy souvenirs when they visit a foreign country? The only problem with these items is that they can be expensive and are not always a pleasant gift. Ultimately, you may not want to admit it, but souvenir shops are synonymous with crappy purchases. But if you’re going to buy something that will remind you of your trip, you should stay away from gift shops and focus on meaningful items. Why not bring back personal keepsakes such as shells collected on the beach, for instance? Alternatively, you could also buy a small sample of the local specialities, such as a little pack of Jasmine tea from China or a terracotta pot from an artisan village.
Accept you won’t find your typical food
If you don’t want to break the bank with expensive restaurants, you need to learn how to eat like a local. Indeed, going abroad means that you may not find the food you’re used to, but that’s okay. You can do your research to find the favourite places where locals like to eat. While it means you may not find an English menu around, you’re likely to get delicious and inexpensive food.
Most travellers waste a lot of money through inefficient packing. Here’s one crucial packing lesson that every holidaymaker should learn. You rarely need more than one suitcase if you know how to pack efficiently. For instance, folding might be your go-to technique, but it’s one of the most space-demanding packing methods. Folding your clothes wastes a tonne of suitcase space. However, you can fold front-to-back and stack your clothes on the side, which gives you more storage room. Rolling your clothes is a favourite space-saving technique that lets you carry a lot more outfits in one bag. You can add packing cubes to keep your content organised. Understanding how to maximise the available space in one piece of luggage means you don’t need to pay for additional bags.
Don’t tempt pickpockets
You know that you can’t safely leave your belongings in plain sight and expect people to respect your possessions. Pickpockets are a genuine risk in some countries, and therefore, it’s essential to know how to avoid losing your wallets, passport, and expensive camera to their agile fingers. Being creative about where to hide your valuables can save you a lot of trouble. Additionally, you can also invest in bags with hidden pockets, which are, in theory, pickpocket-proof.
Seeing the world without creating debts feels challenging when you’re not used to smart holiday budgeting, but it’s not impossible. You can save a lot of money through smart preparation and organisation. Don’t ditch your bucket list just now; hopefully, this article enables you to explore new destinations on a budget.