How to organize a budget trip: tips from a luxury tour operator
The desire to travel only increases with the approach of spring. But often there is not enough money for it. The founder of an elite British travel agency, Tom Marchant, shared his secrets of royalty-free budget vacations. The best of them are in OBOZREVATEL's selection.
- Travel in the off-season
This is a good idea for those who want to get to know a new place and save money at the same time. During this period, the resort will be much less crowded, which will save you from constant queues and noise. In addition, hotels and restaurants will cut their prices by almost half, and this rule also applies to airline tickets.
Another advantage of traveling during the low season is that it supports the local economy. Many tourist cities suffer from budget shortfalls when they are not visited by foreigners. In addition, you can feel the real atmosphere of the chosen destination and see the real life of the locals.
- Choose destinations that fit your budget
There are many countries where you can have a good vacation for little money. At the same time, your vacation can be truly incredible. You just need to prepare in advance and choose the right entertainment. Pay attention to free days at museums and galleries, discounts at local restaurants, and coupon search services.
- Book in advance and choose weekdays
There are many advantages to booking in advance. First, you have a wider choice of accommodation and airfare options. Second, you don't overpay and can control your budget. And most importantly, you know exactly how much time you have before your trip and can set aside some extra money for some fun during your vacation. In addition, it's a good idea to choose a time of arrival on weekdays. As a rule, room rates at this time are slightly lower than on weekends.
- Don't spend extra money on domestic flights
Of course, the fastest and often the cheapest way to get to another country is by plane. However, traveling within the country is much more interesting by car. You can rent a car near the airport and drive around different cities, getting new impressions every day. This will save you a lot of money.
Another good option is to choose domestic trains and buses. This way, you will greatly expand the scope of your trip without spending a lot of money.
- Travel in groups
It may seem expensive to travel in a large group. But in fact, this is one of the most profitable options. At the very least, you can rent a cottage together and it will cost you less per person. Moreover, such housing allows you to cook on your own. Also, many entertainment venues offer discounts for large groups.