Traveling is often considered expensive especially during the holidays, but it’s very possible to see the world while spending within your means. You can start off by deciding exactly how much you want to spend (on air tickets, hotel accommodations, and food) and where you’d like to go (either local or abroad). Then, begin to aggressively search for the best flight and accommodation deals. Taking advantage of free holiday entertainment, like walking tours and road carnivals is another great way to save money. You just might surprise yourself with how much you can see and do on a budget.
1. The budget for your Destination. Choose a cheap destination. You can find many of these places by choosing “everywhere” as your destination on a travel website.
2. Go during the off-season. Most places have a tourist off-season when fewer people come and prices drop. For the Caribbean, this is usually April to August. Europe’s off-season is January to March. Visitors to Africa find better prices from May to September. You can also contact your accommodations directly prior to booking and ask them when their off-season begins and ends. Off-season often coincides with less than ideal weather, so make sure that you consider this when packing your bags.
3. Gather information on your daily expenses. If you plan to eat out, look up menus for restaurants at your destination. Or, go online and find the average cost of staple groceries, such as milk, for that area. If you are going to drive, search online for gas and toll costs for your destination. You can also buy museum or other tickets in advance so that you’ll know how much you are spending for entertainment.
4. Create a budget. Start by choosing your destination and the number of days that you’d like to travel. Then, estimate how much you’ll need to buy a flight. Use the information that you’ve gathered on food, entertainment, and other expenses to determine a daily cost of living. Add up all of your costs until you have a total estimate for the trip.
5. If you divide your total trip estimate by the number of days you are traveling, you’ll know the cost per day. This will help you to determine if you can afford a longer trip or if you need to cut it short. Look at your trip costs and see if there are areas where you can cut costs, such as eating in more instead of dining out.
With these few tricks, you can strategically plan your trip and travel without breaking the bank this holiday.
To get cheap flights this festive season, follow these simple steps below;
· Type your destination or The Travel Agency’s name (ajala.ng) on any of the online search engines (e.g Google).
· Put a call through to the travel agency.
· Visit the travel and tours agency’s website. (www.ajala.ng).
· Visit the website of the preferred airline.
· Search for Airline’s available deals from the search engine.