The rising costs of airfare and international travel has been discouraging many people from going on vacation. The economic crunch has forced many to think twice before a buying a ticket or planning a holiday. That said, it is still possible to go a cheap holiday vacation. There are a number of things that can reduce your vacation expenses.
One of the most off-putting factors for travellers is that when the holiday season is just around the corner, airfares and hotel reservations go sky high. Sometimes they are three times the original cost. In looking for a cheap vacation, flexibility is key. The first step to making a decision is to choose a location. What do you want to see? If you have limited budget then I would recommend choosing some place that is accessible by car. If you can drive to the place you can avoid inflated airfares. Pack your car with snacks from your local supermarket, set your iPod to your favourite jams and smile—you have already eliminated 50% of your expenses.
Assuming you go on holiday for two weeks and you have four people travelling in a car, the savings will be substantial. While on the road, buy food and supplies from local grocery stores. It is a good way to experience the culture, and go for restaurants when you really want to. Try to avoid global restaurant chains; you can try them back home. Let your experience be culturally rich, that’s the whole point isn’t it?
The third biggest chunk in the expenses pie is accommodation. B&B and motels tend to be expensive. If you want to spend less you can opt for hostels. I always find living in hostels a more enjoyable experience – you get to know fellow travellers and make friends from around the world. An unofficial estimate of average hostels prices in Europe is €16-€18 per night per person but if you want to go cheaper, read on.
Buy a Lichfield Creek four-man tent off Amazon for £85 and sleeping bags for £10 per person. You can pitch at camp sites around Europe. In France, the average price for camp site per night for four people is €27, which makes a bit over €6.5 per person! Shower, toilet, internet and other facilities are provided, but this varies depending from campsite to campsite. You’ll have a wonderful countryside view and it’s easy on the pocket. Many campsites even have wireless internet, and with cloud computing and dell virtualization, staying in contact with loved ones shouldn’t be a problem.
Before you start shopping for your trip, look for discount codes and special offers on last minute holiday websites. Most people think that cheap holidays are less fun as they compare pleasure in terms of the money spent. However that is far from truth, I have met people who claimed they had more fun when they travelled with limited money!
The variety of options available these days means that you can visit the same places with a fraction of the money spent whilst at the same time the experience can be richer and more fulfilling. No matter where you go be open to new experiences and costs will never be an issue!