How to Save Money When Travelling
Travelling is one of the best and most rewarding activities that both a family and individuals can take part in. Not only does it give you the opportunity to experience different cultures and take in the sights and sounds of never-before-seen places, it gives you the space and time to bond with your family and loved ones during your travels. There’s only one downside – it’s really expensive. Flights, hotels, food, drinks, entertainment – these expenses quickly add up, especially when you consider how the tourist industry cranks up its prices for premium commodities aimed at tourists and travelers. This doesn’t mean you should eschew travelling, however – far from it. It just means you should be a little more savvy about costs before you and your family hit the road. With that in mind we’ll take a look at some of the easiest ways to save money while travelling.
Work While You Travel
While this isn’t technically saving money it’s nevertheless a great way of ensuring your travels stretch longer. Working while you travel is becoming more and more of a popular and viable alternative to simply working a 9-5 and then taking paid leave a couple of times a year, especially if you have flexible working hours. If you have a job that can be done entirely using the internet then you’re in luck – with your skills, a laptop, some marketing knowledge and a reliable internet connection wherever you travel, you’re on your way to becoming a bonafide digital nomad, thereby travelling the world and earning an income simultaneously.
Depending on where you’re travelling airlines may charge you more money to check in luggage. Indeed, even budget airlines such as Ryanair have amended their once magnanimous baggage allowance of 10kg of luggage per passenger to one paltry hand-sized travel bag. This means even if you’re already saving money by travelling on budget airlines, you’ll have to further cough up just to bring your luggage with you. To save money and avoid this, try packing lighter. It’s not easy, especially if your holiday plans are diverse and full of activities which require different types of clothing, but it is possible. Actually there’s a whole group of people called one-baggers who make it their mission to travel as lightly as possible wherever they go. If they can do it, there’s no reason why you or your family can’t too.
Claim Compensation if You’re Delayed
Airlines make mistakes all the time. Whether it’s being denied boarding, overbooking a flight, or through a number of different technical issues, causing you severe delays and subsequent missed flights. These errors can cost you and your family a lot of time and money either through lost holiday days, or having to spend money on a hotel while you wait for your next flight. Luckily you’re not completely helpless should any of these scenarios occur. If the event that your flight is disrupted severely enough, you can claim back up to EUR600 in compensation from the airline at fault. While most travellers aren’t aware of this, companies such as Airhelp.com are around to help you claim compensation. Remember, that’s up to EUR600 per passenger that was delayed, so if you and three of your family members were bumped off a flight you’re looking at a substantial chunk of change which you can then put towards your holiday expenses.