SAVE MONEY ON TRAVEL 4 SMART WAYS

Originally Posted on gowithvimal.com

Here are some smart ways to save money on travel. These are important tips to save time and money while traveling. Time and money are the two most valuable aspects of our life. If you want to earn more money, you must spend more time working and if you want to save time, you must spend more money(for example, you would travel by air instead of train or road if you want to save time).

Hello, my friends. Hope you are enjoying your travels and if not traveling, I am sure you must be planning some trip. That’s great, because travel always rejuvenates us, physically, mentally as well as spiritually. However, if you end up spending more time or money than you had intended to, it could be counterproductive. It could lead to unnecessary stresses. What, if I told you there are very simple ways by which you can save both time and money during your travel? Will that not be a boon?
Tips to save money in travel
HOW TO SAVE MONEY IN TRAVEL
Yes! There are very simple ways of saving time and money on traveling, but in our eagerness or anxiety to get that perfect holiday or trip, we overlook these things. Here are a few suggestions by which we can save time and money during our travel:
 
TRAVEL IN A GROUP 

This is my first suggestion to save time and money on traveling. Unless you are a hardcore solo traveler, always try to go in a group. It could be family, friends or even unknown people. There are so many online and offline travel communities these days which encourage people to find travel buddies. You can join these communities and choose your travel buddies according to your preferences. When you travel in a group, the cost is always divided and per person, expenditure is always less than if you travel solo. Another benefit of traveling in a group is that you save considerable time in planning about logistics and various other activities as you don’t have to undertake all the research alone while planning a trip. Makes some sense?

Cheap travelling tips
TRAVEL IN GROUP AND SAVE TIME AND MONEY
HAVE CLEAR CUT DIRECTIONS

This is my next suggestion to save time and money and to travel cheap. If we are traveling by road, we should be very clear about the route we are going to take, before we start. And even during intracity travel in the place, we are going to, we should ask for clear directions to whichever place we intend to visit. Why I say so is because whether we travel by air, rail or road, eventually we will have to take intracity travel by road only. Most of us depend on google maps or some other apps for road directions. However, it is my personal experience that even google map goes wrong sometimes. And one wrong turn means getting into a maze in an unknown place. You could end up driving many more kilometers than you should have. Google doesn’t know more than local people. So don’t hesitate to ask for the right directions. It will not only save you a lot of hassle but much time and money(savings in fuel) also. You can ask your hotel staff also before starting your journey for the day. They would be best equipped to give you the right directions to your destination.

Money saving ideas
HAVING CLEARCUT DIRECTIONS HELPS
 
HAVE PRIOR HOTEL BOOKING
My third suggestion to save time and money in traveling is to have a prior hotel booking. This means you should have your accommodation booked before you start your journey. Do not depend on getting an on the spot booking, irrespective of whether it is a tourist season or not. I say so from my own experience. Some people are of the opinion that one should book the hotel only after seeing it to avoid unnecessary hassles later on. Then there are those who feel insecure if they don’t have an advance booking for the whole duration of their stay. And some others feel that we should not book hotels and block money for all the days of stay. I choose a middle path.
Hotel booking tips
HAVING PRIOR BOOKING KEEPS YOU STRESS-FREE

I book my accommodation for one night only and I pay advance money for that only. This way, I save my valuable time which I otherwise would spend on searching for accommodation immediately after landing at my destination. I am stress-free as I know that I have a place to go just after reaching my destination, where I can relax for a while and proceed with my next plan. If I like the place, I extend my stay and if I don’t like it, I don’t have to spend extra time searching for other accommodation. I can always do it while I am exploring the place. This way, I not only save time but a headache too. Another benefit is that if I plan to extend my stay at the same hotel, I am in a position to bargain for a better deal from the hotel on account of this.

Hotel Advance Booking
GET A PLACE TO RELAX
BOOK DIRECTLY WITH HOTEL
This is my fourth tip to have a cheap vacation. I know you might be doubting my sanity when I say so. You get such fabulous deals from online portals and apps, why would you talk to any hotel staff or book with them directly. Well, I am saying this with confidence from my personal experience. Portals and apps do give some really attractive offers and deals but mind it, nobody pays from their pockets. It is you and me from whom they have to earn. From repeated experience, I have learned that it is always beneficial to speak directly with the hotel before finalizing any booking. I have got much better deals when booking directly with the hotel than from apps. Let me give you an example.
Cheap travel
SAVE BOTH TIME AND MONEY

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During my latest trip, I checked online for a particular hotel and found the best offer of INR1950/- per person per night in a standard room, without balcony and without breakfast. When I spoke with the same hotel directly, after some bargaining, I ended up getting a deal of INR1800/- per person per night in a Super Deluxe room, with breakfast. You can see the difference and the savings I made. Another plus is that you don’t have to spend time browsing through so many sundry portals or apps to get that one best deal. Just find the hotels, check the reviews and talk to the shortlisted ones. This will save a lot of time.

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So these are my suggestions to save time and money on traveling, which I have learned from my experience. I am sure you will use these smart ways to save time and money on your next trip.

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Originally Posted on gowithvimal.com

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