Couch-surf, hitch-hike and busk... what you ought to do when travelling on a budget
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There are many different forms of travelling and each entail a different budget. Some people stay in luxurious hotels, some people take a train from city to city and hostel to hostel, and some people hit the road with no money at all, hoping to hear some interesting stories. Whichever stereotype you will undoubtedly assign yourself, read on and pick up some tips from a traveller who never begins her travels outside her overdraft. 1. Cheap flight deals When you’re booking your holidays you don’t want to limit your search time to a day and miss all the deals that are released the day after. Ryanair is known for releasing flights as cheap as £5 on dates like New Year or Boxing Day. Have a good browse for your ideal travel a few months before you departure date and catch the best deal! Also, remember not to bind yourself to your nearest airport, MegaBus can get you around the country for as little as a £1 so you aren’t limited to your local airports finite list of destinations. 2. Hitchhiking: Make an adventure out of the travel Transportation is one of the most expensive parts of travel, first you pay to arrive at your destination, then you pay to explore your destination, then you pay to travel to your next destination. Why not make your travel an adventure as well? Hitchhiking is the perfect way to do this! You will meet exciting new people, exchange stories and travel for free. There are some key points to remember when hitchhiking. Use your common sense, use roads out of the cities, be patient, be happy (no one is going to pick up a miserable traveller), enjoy it and don’t forget your thumb. 3. Couch-surfing Now, accommodation is the other real money burner. Most people travelling on a budget would presume I am about to suggest staying in hostels. Fair, that is sometimes cheap but in some cities it is actually just as expensive as hotels, especially when you are booking a few nights before arrival. Couchsurfing is a website that allows you to create a profile, organise to host people in your home and request to be hosted by others whilst you are on your travels. I have couch-surfed four times and would recommend. The hosts are always enthusiastic to show you around their hometown, suggest all the best local places to eat and visit and will give you a more authentic and genuine experience of the place than a hotel tour would. 4. Water bottle freak and park hooligan Whether you are hiking through a desert or a city you will always need a water bottle. Take it everywhere and never waste money on £3 coffees or teas! Alcoholic beverages really gnaw a hole in your purse. Stay away from pubs and bars, buy some drinks from the local shop and drink in a park or at the beach. This way you will see more of the city and spend much less. Don’t get me wrong, check out the old pub here and there, just don’t make it a frequent visit.
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