Whenever holiday dates are approaching like Easter, summer vacations or a long bridge, I start asking myself the same question; how to organize a cheap vacation? Because it is not always an easy task. Many times when I read journals or travel blogs, dream hotels and heavenly destinations come out, but if you look at what it costs, in most cases the budget does not seem to be enough. So I thought about sharing with you these tricks that I use for myself.
Traveling in the low season
It seems obvious, but many times we insist on traveling all at the same time. If our calendar allows it, traveling in the low season, besides being cheaper, is a joy as there are far fewer people everywhere. If this is not possible, we must take very good care of the days we choose, because in some destinations, for example, between August 1st and August 31st there may be many differences. The same happens in other countries. What for us is the occupation top, in others, either because of the weather or because the same festive calendar is not followed, may be the best time to visit it. The key is to find out beforehand about the places in which we are interested.
To hunt a good offer and find a vacation bargain, you have to be attentive all year round. Sign up for flight search newsletter, on-line travel agencies, airlines, hotel chains, transport pages and everything you can think of. Surely at some point what you’re looking for comes out at a much better price.
Choose a nearby destination
Many times most of the budget goes on transportation. To enjoy a few days of rest, we must not go to the other side of the globe, so we can forget about the plane, which is usually the most expensive means of transport. I personally love to travel by train, but there are many options currently, such as carpooling with other people or the bus of a lifetime.
As ideas, I have a couple of posts that can help you. One is 6 low-cost routes by car to do at Easter and another is Low-cost route to visit Madrid.
Search the accommodation
Since the internet has entered our lives, the offer of accommodation has skyrocketed and there are modalities for all tastes. From renting an apartment to a private one, do Couchsurfing or book accommodation in cheap hotels all inclusive. This last option can be a good way to save since you do not have to spend anything else since meals (and drinks) are usually included. Mind you, spend a lot of time that calories are not on vacation!
If you like nature, hiking or bicycle routes, it can be a very cheap way to spend your holidays. In my experience, in urban destinations, the budget is always higher. The entrances to the tourist places, the meals, the transport to move around the city itself, the food, a coffee around here, an ice cream over there, a souvenir and the hundreds of traps that there are for the tourist or traveler to spend . It is impossible not to fall into any.
However, in nature destinations, once you have prepared your backpack with a sandwich, you go out to do your routes throughout the day, and in the end the expense is minimal. If you do not care for a lot of walking, here is a good idea for a cheap holiday activity. There are old railroad tracks, which, being in disuse, have been adapted for hiking or biking. In general they are easy to do, since they usually have very little unevenness, and you do not need to have a good physical shape. Also ideal for traveling with children.
But above all, start saving all year to enjoy the holidays. I have a moneybox in which I put money to the extent that I can. To go dreaming every time I introduce a coin with that trip that I would like to do.
I hope you can use these tricks of how to organize a cheap holiday and enjoy traveling a lot.
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