These are money-saving tips that we used that saves us tons of money while traveling to different countries.
Not all people can afford to travel in luxury and we are one of that people. And since I’m so into the frugal lifestyle, I and my husband decided to travel on a budget since 3 years ago.
And my oh my, we’ve been able to travel to so many places with just a little bit of saving from our small income.
Why do you need to save while traveling?
In some country, airplane ticket isn’t that cheap.
Yes, it isn’t cheap, try Googled the cost of air ticket from Mauritius to Singapore for example. Yup, now you know it.
Because of that, we decided to travel on a budget no matter where we go.
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Since we’ve decided to travel on a budget, we need to save more money while traveling because I don’t want to go travel in luxury and then go home with no money left in our account. Trust me, it sucks.
Nowadays there’s a lot of option if you want to go travel on a budget. You won’t need to go to expensive hotels anymore. You can experience how local’s live by staying in a share house or rented house also there some low-cost airlines that could offer up to 50% off than commercial airlines.
From these type of stuff, you can save more money when you want to travel.
Now, I am gonna tell you other tips that you can use to save you more money while you’re traveling and these are what people nowadays use to tighten up their travel budget.
Last time when we decided to go honeymoon, we thought that we need to choose Japan. And I would say that Japan is not cheap.
I repeat… it’s not cheap.
Therefore, we try to find cheaper ways while traveling there and these are tips you can use also when you need to travel to expensive countries like Japan.
How to save money while traveling?
Tip #1 Withdraw your money from the ATM rather than money changer. ATM rates are proven better than money changer rates.
When we arrived in Japan, the first thing that we wanted to do is to withdraw some cash. We look around the airport for a money changer counter but it closed and the only choice left is an ATM. Since we have no choice, we decided to withdraw from the ATM.
After that, we check the money changer shop near where we stayed and realized that it offered a higher rate than the ATM’s. Since then, we withdrew money from the ATM every time we went to travel.
There’s one thing you need to know beforehand, I’m not saying that all the ATM have good rates.
Instead, do this… Bring some money with you to change in a money changer counter at the airport then withdrawn some money from the ATM in the airport to compare the rate and see which one has a good rate. You can also look at some money changer shop while strolling and compare the rate again.
I know that probably by doing this won’t save a ton but at least it’s better to save a little than nothing right?
Tip #2 Buying foods at 7-Eleven or other mini-marts.
I love, love, love mini markets like 7-Eleven or Family Mart in Japan. Not only in Japan but in general.
Why? Because they sell everything. Makeup, medicine, food, drink, ready to eat food, and many more. Ready to eat food is what I love the most, especially for breakfast. When you need to go early and you need to grab something quickly, then mini-marts is your go to.
They sell popular foods that locals like to buy, it’s a great option if you like to try unique foods and it’s a cheap option to eat!
Another option you can try is to eat local street food, you’ll experience the taste of local foods without spending lots of money.
Tip #3 Going to places with buses, trains or Uber.
Another benefit of taking buses or trains beside saving money is you’ll be healthy because you’ll walk more.
In Japan, you need to walk a lot to take public transportation, I mean like a lot but it’s good for exercise because you can eat more delicious food throughout the travel! At least, That’s what I thought!
Another great transportation is Uber. Nowadays, Uber is everywhere and mostly used in Asia countries such as Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and many more.
When we’re in Japan, we wanted to try Uber but it’s quite costly so we decided to take trains to travel around the city and overnight buses for intercity.
This is the new method we used while traveling. The first time we tried Airbnb is when we travel to Japan and it was super good! We did not expect something glamorous but it was a nice stay and you can experience local accommodations with low price. Isn’t that great?
If you’re signing up through my special link, you’ll be able to get $25 for Airbnb credit that you can use whenever you want to book your first stay.
As far as we know Agoda is already established for a long time. But what you can get from Agoda is you can try to find a cheaper option than Airbnb depends on where you’ll stay.
For example, we found a good place where you can actually enjoy a good stay in Mauritius. When we first found this place, we don’t really expect anything. But after staying for 3 nights, we do really enjoy the private getaway they offer and free service to use a kayak and you’ll see a waterfall straight in front of your eyes! Check out Evazion if you want a small getaway with your spouse or family.
Tip #5 Buy attractions through Klook.
Klook offers a simple way to discover activities, attractions and things to do wherever you travel. You can discover and book in-destination services at the best prices. Here what you can buy through Klook:
- Car rentals
- Renting wi-fi router or SIM card
- Day Tours, etc
What we love from Klook:
- Great price offer, this is the number one reason why we recommended Klook,
- Great customer service, once we have a complicated situation with a SIM card and they respond it quick and thorough,
- Paperless voucher, you can even go to attraction with just showing the voucher through the Klook app on your phone.
Previously, Klook only available in Asia countries but now they have expanded quite worldwide. If you’re planning to travel on a budget then you definitely need to try Klook!
6. Add LINE official account of big brands on places you want to travel to.
LINE is quite big in Asia countries like Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Jakarta and many more. LINE is a messenger app similar to Whatsapp but usually used by big brands for more personal promotion.
If you add the official account of brands for food, fashion, malls, etc on your account, you’ll be notified directly if they’re having a promo. Nothing more exciting than getting discounts on your favorite item, right?
If you are planning to travel to Asia countries then you can try to install the LINE app on your phone to get more promotional events when you’re traveling. Install LINE app through Playstore or iStore.
7. Buy promo tickets in advance.
One thing that you need to do also is buying the ticket in advance. We always look around for promo tickets on where we will go. Signing up for some airlines newsletter can help you in getting the notification when there’s a promo.
What I will suggest is to check 6 months to 1 year before you’re going to travel so you will know what price they’ll offer. This is what we do to help us manage our travel expenses. If you already buy the first ticket then it’ll be easier to do a budget for your accommodation, foods, transportation and etc.
My favorite website to look for the cheapest ticket price is Skyscanner. Skyscanner helps you find lots of prices from different airlines and it will recommend you from the cheapest price to the most expensive ones. You can try to find the best price you want and what kind of airlines you want with Skyscanner.
That is it! Hopefully, these money-saving tips can help you to save you more money while you’re traveling because this is what we personally do. Want to know travel hacks and tips we used to travel light and still fashionable? Read my post on 11 Smart Travel Hacks and Tips You’ll Regret not Knowing.
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