If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll notice that there are basically two things that sum up my feed – travel and style. Doing these two keeps me sane and my energy flowing outside full-time job and fast-paced world. I’m that person who would always love to invest in experiences, not in things. Aside from spending good time with family and friends, I think one of the best ways to gain more life experiences is through traveling.
But, there are things that hinder us to explore new places. First, it sounds expensive. Second, we don’t have time and many more reasons. I also had those judgments before but when I started to set foot in different locations, I’ve become unstoppable. I have my list of places to visit and I’m always bursting with excitement to fulfill my dream – travel around the world. If you also dream the same thing, I have ten tips here on how to make it happen without hearing your wallet cry out loud.
1. Plan and research. Planning ahead and doing some research will help you identify what you really want and where you should go. Read about the place you’ve been meaning to visit. Discover the most affordable restaurants, attractions and accommodations. This will keep you guided on your target budget and save you from possible travel woes.
2. Travel with a partner. It’s always great to share experiences with someone, isn’t it? Oh and expenses as well! Sharing travel expenses as couple is not a new thing for Fhabs and I. For example, when we go on road trip, he takes on transportation/fuel cost and meal expenses are on me. It may not be equally divided but still a win-win situation for both of us as we can enjoy the trip without breaking the bank.
3. Check out for promo flights and cheap tour packages. Some airlines are very generous when it comes to offering cheap flights and promo trips (try Cebu Pacific Air and AirAsia) so take time to visit their sites, subscribe via email to receive updates and follow every social accounts to stay in touch.
4. Pack light. Avoid additional charges in the airport by carefully deciding what things you should bring. Pack the essentials. Just the essentials. Period.
5. Pay with cash. Leave your credit card at home to avoid impulsive purchases. Post-trip financial baggage hurts thus, prevent it and live in peace.
6. Enjoy a picnic. If you want to get away from hustle and bustle of daily life, hit the road, find a good place to relax and unwind, invite some friends, and bring potluck meals.
7. Try hiking. Absolutely one of my favorite things to do! Exploring the hidden beauties of nature gives me a great sense of fulfillment. I’ve climbed high mountains, trekked rough trails, bathed in the falls and all these glorious treats hadn’t cost me a lot.
8. Go sightseeing. Sure thing is, there are plenty of free attractions to visit. Spend time in museums or galleries. Stroll in the park. Talk with the locals. Sit by the beach. Enjoy the sunset. Take lots of photos.
9. Take advantage of an opportunity. Two of my travels in this year’s first quarter were made possible by Fhabs’ family (I’m truly grateful!) – in short, I paid nothing yet enjoyed everything. I got to ride on a boat and sail the deep blue sea for free. I’ll fly to Australia next week for training/tour and that’s an all-expense-paid trip courtesy of the company I work for. Great opportunity? Grab it.
10. Have fun! This doesn’t mean you should try the most lavish foods or buy expensive things just to have fun on your travel. Appreciate the little things around you. Clear your mind and breathe some air. Relish the whole experience and get ready to explore more!
You may also check out Personal Capital’s financial tools if you need a handy app to help you in creating budget for your next trip. Enjoy! 🙂