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20 Tips to Save Money On A World Trip

JalanJalanMen! - A particularly important topic when traveling is your accommodation, without it you can't do it. There is a lot of potential here to save money on your trip around the world. It is useful to know all the options beforehand in order to find the cheapest accommodation in every situation. Here are our tips for the accommodations with the most savings potential.

20 Tips to Save Money On A World Trip

Tip 1: Hostel instead of a hotel

Accommodation in shared rooms and use of common areas such as bathrooms and kitchens is characteristic of hostels. Hostels are a great option because you can usually book a place to sleep at short notice and easily, they are centrally located and you can quickly meet like-minded people. There are significant price differences here, which are due to additional comfort. Your personal comfort requirements are decisive here. With booking portals you can easily find the cheapest price. But also pay attention to the ratings so as not to end up in the very last dump. You can also stop by to get a better picture and possibly negotiate the price (especially for longer stays of 3 nights or more). However, at peak travel times when it is full, it is better to pre-book online. Some hostels also offer the possibility to live there free of charge in exchange for help (e.g. with cleaning or at the reception).

Tip 2: Couchsurfing

Anyone who wants to save money on accommodation has probably stumbled across hospitality networks like Couchsurfing. Here you can stay with locals anywhere in the world for free! It's all about intercultural exchange, so you can see how locals live and socialize. A look behind the scenes instead of just hanging out with other backpackers.

Tip 3: Camping

When traveling, you often travel by car or campervan. Whether it is rented or bought does not matter with this tip. If you have the opportunity to sleep in your car or a tent, you can save a lot of money on accommodation on a world trip. In many countries, wild camping is possible under very strict conditions. If you are checked and disregard the conditions, the supposedly free sleeping place can become very expensive. In Australia, for example, wild camping is quite easy and there you can quickly find an undisturbed place to spend the night in the open air. Wild camping saves you the entire cost of accommodation and you can spend the night in breathtaking nature, but depending on how your wheels are upgraded, you have to do without sanitary facilities, electricity and kitchen. If you don't want to do without this comfort, the next alternative is the campsite. Here you share the sanitary facilities with the other residents.

Tip 4: private accommodation

You need peace and quiet and more comfort than a hostel can offer and a hotel is too expensive for you? Then shareconomy platforms like AirBnB , Wimdu and 9flats are a great alternative. Here you can easily book private rooms and small apartments online and, with luck, get to know the locals.

Tip 5: House sitting

Hosesitting is still relatively unknown. The homeowners travel and you look after their house, manage the mail, take care of pets and deter potential burglars with your presence. You can then live in the house completely free of charge. You have better chances if you are traveling as a couple and are a little older (over 25 years of age).

A journey without transportation is just as impossible as without accommodation. Therefore, you should also try to save money on your trip around the world with your set of wheels. Be it the plane, the train or the car, there is potential for savings everywhere.

Tip 8: Relocation trips

Do you plan to travel a longer distance between two major cities and plan to rent a car or van? Then look for relocation offers from the rental companies. The purpose of such a trip is that the vehicles are brought back to a specific station. You can take on such a trip and save the money for your rental car, since the rental companies usually rent the vehicles very cheaply and may also pay gas money.

Tip 9: Travel with others

Team up with other travelers for parts of your itinerary. Share accommodation, rental car or food. In this way, the costs are shared and it is automatically cheaper for you. There are several sites where you can search for a travel partner or place an ad.

Tip 10: Use open jaw flights and transfers

If you already know before you book your flight that you want to go on a road trip, for example, consider arriving in one city and traveling back from another city. The flight will probably cost about the same, but you will save fuel and time for the return trip. You can also use the stopover of your flight and spend a few days in the city. It doesn't save you any money, but you've seen one more city.

Tip 11: Hitchhiking and a ride

Traveling with your thumb is probably the cheapest way to get from A to B. Just stick your thumb out, get in and ride with us. It is clear that you have to plan more time, because you never know how long you will have to wait for your ride and how often you will have to change vehicles. If you don't have that much time, you can also book a seat in the vehicle directly via ride-sharing portals. You pay a little money for this, but it's still cheaper than taking the train or bus and you automatically get to know new people.

Tip 12: Buy or rent a car / van?

Buy or rent a car? That's a pretty individual question. If you want to buy a car, you definitely need to factor in the time it takes to buy, register, deregister, and sell. If you then manage to sell your car for almost the purchase price, buying a car is usually cheaper than renting it. However, if your car suffers technical damage on the way, you have to pay for the repairs and that can be expensive. On the other hand, you are more flexible and don't have to be somewhere on a deadline and hand in the car. As a rule of thumb it can be said that trips up to 6 weeks are easier and cheaper with a rental car, for trips longer than 12 weeks it is worth buying your own car. The difference between them isn't really that big, so you'll have to decide if you want to put the work into buying and selling.

Tip 13: Clever fuel savings

Regardless of whether you are traveling with a rental car or your own car, you always have to pay for fuel and it is the biggest factor when driving a car. So try to save money when filling up by saving a few cents per liter through price comparisons and coupons. There are many apps that show you the gas stations in the area and their prices. You should use such apps anyway when you go to remote areas. Always fill up the tank and take a spare can with you as soon as you drive out of a big city, because fuel is cheaper in the cities than anywhere in the country.

Tip 14: Travel slowly

Give yourself as much time as possible. Concentrate on the things you really want to see and take your time here for a few days or even weeks. This way you travel much more relaxed, you get to know the area and the people much better and you save money at the same time.

Accommodation and transportation are two of the three big points when it comes to saving money when traveling around the world. Of course, you can also save money in your everyday life. However, it is not important to do without! Maybe there are simply cheaper alternatives to your current expenses. Here are our tips for your everyday life:

Tip 15: Shopping

Purchasing is the point of expenditure par excellence. It goes without saying that you have to buy food and drink. But while shopping, keep asking yourself the question “Do I really need this?”. Does it really have to be the expensive branded mineral water, or isn't the discounter mineral water enough?

If you are planning a trip to more rural regions and you have space in your car, you can stock up on non-perishable groceries in larger cities, because groceries are usually cheaper in the cities than in the country. Then when you go shopping, make a shopping list and don't go shopping hungry. This reduces spontaneous purchases and you only take what you really need with you. Due to the marketing strategy of the supermarkets, the expensive branded products are usually placed at eye level. So take a look in the lower areas of the shelves, there you will find the cheaper own brands. Many supermarkets, bakers and butchers reduce fresh food shortly before closing time so that it does not have to be thrown away. Take advantage of this!

Tip 16: Local SIM card

With a local SIM card, you don't have to worry about roaming costs. You simply use the domestic conditions of the provider in the respective country and save with it. You can compare it to a German pre-paid card. Nowadays there are already an incredible number of cheap offers with top conditions. You can find these in almost every kiosk or supermarket, for example.

Tip 17: Travel in the off-season

It's simple and saves a lot of money. In the high season, the costs for accommodation and attractions are usually significantly higher. In addition, there are significantly more people on the move at this time and it is full everywhere. So avoid traveling during peak season. Instead, you can go to work and earn money during this time.

Tip 18: Tourist and discount cards

Many cities have special offers for tourists. These are mostly cards that give you discounted entry to museums, galleries and sights. Whether the investment is worth it depends on you: if you save more on all entries than the tourist card costs, you can accept the offer. If you don't take advantage of the offers, remember that many attractions also offer discounts for pupils, students or under a certain age. The principle of the tourist card is not only for cities, but also for campsites, hostels, leisure facilities and means of transport. In the same way, memberships in international associations often come with discounts. So inform yourself in advance.

Tip 19: Plan your budget

Keep track of all your income and expenses by writing a budget plan. Write everything down and keep it as up-to-date as possible. Set a budget for each day and stick to it. If you need more one day, try to spend less the next day so you achieve a balance. Consider large cost factors, such as visas or bus rides, etc. in advance and plan for them. 

Tip 20: don't take it too seriously

Our most important tip: Don't let saving become a negative thing! Have fun and enjoy life! Saving is not always the right thing to do. There's no point if you're in a cool city and you're just sitting in your dorm and not doing anything. The view from a church tower for a few euros entry or the snorkeling tour to a beautiful reef for a few more euros can be worth the investment!

Rudolfus Kikkert
Rudolfus Kikkert Interest In City Tourism

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