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  • Writer's pictureAayush Sharma

HOW TO PLAN A BUDGET-FRIENDLY TRIP

Updated: Nov 19, 2023


Andes Mountain Range in Peru

In this blog, I will highlight some points that can be used to save a lot if you're planning a budget-friendly trip. This blog will mention points for both scenarios, whether you are going solo or with a group.



TRANSPORT


Bus stop in Valparaiso

First things first, transport is always a significant expense for a trip. This part also covers the visa fees and everything if planning for international.


  • I always recommend Google Flights to book flight tickets—a User-friendly platform to search dates and prices at the same time. You also get to see different options that you can choose from.



  • Most of the time uber works, but some countries use different applications for cab services like Cabify, Didi, Blalacar, Gett, etc. The same is the case for food delivery applications.


  • I prefer the bus whenever I am commuting to close cities irrespective of domestic or international trips. It is a cost-effective plus comfy option. I have used a few bus services during my trips like RedBus, Greyhound, Turbus, Flixbus, Omio, etc. If traveling in a group then skip the bus and go for car rentals. By splitting the rental price, per person cost is quite acceptable plus you get the group privacy.




ACCOMMODATION


Airbnb in Santiago City, Chile

Second, on the list is accommodation. You are lucky if you have someone at whose place you can crash or else you have to spend plenty on your stay. Below I have mentioned a few options that I use to save a little:


  • If traveling in a group, I always go for Airbnb. You get comfort, privacy, more amenities, etc. everything at a reasonable price after splitting.


  • On a solo trip, I strongly recommend hostels. This option makes a huge difference in the total budget because you pay very little compared to any other option. In addition, you also get breakfast(most of the time).





SOME OTHER KEY POINTS


Apart from transport and accommodation, there are a few more points that you can consider to cut off expenses. The points are as follows:


  • Whether you are staying in an Airbnb or a hostel, you have access to the kitchen in both cases. Cook some of your meals on your own and avoid paying high prices in restaurants.


  • Get a Forex card for smooth payments like Thomas Cook's borderless card(or any other of your preference) and an international sim for cheap data plans.


  • If you are a student, carry your student ID to get student discounts, exemptions from entry fees, etc. Also, try to carry a water bottle everywhere because why pay for something you get for free?


  • Many a time I prefer walking up to a place that is 2-3 km away, in this way you observe a new place or a country in the best way and also you spend nothing! I remember walking in the Peruvian Andes, the city of Cusco. You get the real experience of being in a new country by walking around trust me.

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