Travel is expensive. Even in the most frugal destinations, this will be one of the most expensive things you do this year. That’s especially the case if you have a family to consider. With flights and hotels operating on a per person basis, it’s hard to keep costs down across the board.
Still, while many of us accept there will be some expense, we do what we can to keep it low. All the better for ensuring we aren’t left out of pocket. All the better, in fact, for making sure we can get away in the first place. We do what we can to find cheap activities and bargain eateries. Many of us even book activities in advance to get as much money off as possible.
But, through all these efforts, a lot of us forget one significant cost. That is, of course, the expense of transport. While public transportation abroad is often more reasonable than back home, it’s still an expense you could do without. Plus, the amount you spend is sure to mount up. You may find that public transport for four over a week would buy an extra night at your hotel. What a waste. With that in mind consider the following ways to cut costs here, too.
If you’re traveling on a budget, you may rule rentals out from the off. But, it’s worth reconsidering. You could well rent a car and fill it with fuel for less than you’d spend on bus tickets. If you intend to do a lot of moving around, you may even find it’d be possible to fork out on yacht charter for less. At the very least, you should be able to rent a bike for a fraction of the price you’d pay otherwise. The benefit of rentals is that you pay upfront for unlimited travel. So, this could save you a small fortune by the time you head home.
Part of the reason public transport costs so much is that we don’t know about available deals. Back home, you might know about cheap fares for kids and group savers, but you’re unaware in your chosen destination. What’s more, ticket inspectors won’t have the time to talk you through everything. Instead, do some research. Make sure you know every trick for getting money off your tickets. Even a small fraction off each one could add up by the end of your stay.
Walk where possible
We’re afraid this last point is tedious but essential. If you want to cut this cost, it’s worth walking whenever you can. Go old school and get a map to help you find your way. While this won’t always be possible, there’s a chance more of your excursions are in walking distance than you realize. This will also ensure you see the most of your chosen country. Those feet were made for walking, after all, and that’s just what they should do if you want to spend less which away.