If you love exploring new places and seeing the world, but seem to always be on a tight budget – or simply don’t want to waste your hard-earned cash unnecessarily – fear not! There are many thrifty activities you can enjoy while travelling, so check out these money-saving ideas.
Head to an entertainment complex
In need of some light-hearted entertainment of an evening that won’t cost you a fortune? Then why not see if there are any arcades or entertainment complexes around in the local area. These tend to be free to enter and offer a host of inexpensive activities for all ages. Playing Bingo , for instance, is cheap, cheerful and you may even win a little money to spend on your trip – in fact, it’s surprising how much cash can be won if you land the top prize.
If bingo’s really not your thing, how about sussing out the 2p slot machines? While highly addictive, you can kill quite a lot of time on just a few pounds – and you may be surprised at just how satisfying it is to hear the money cascading out of the machine.
Walk as much as you can
Why pay for a bus, taxi, train, helicopter, camel or other forms of transport when you can walk? It’s amazing how much more you’ll see by foot than if you were whizzing along in a vehicle and you will even save money while burning up all those extra holiday calories – it’s a win-win. Many popular tourist destinations also offer walking tours, but if you don’t want to pay for these you can always suss out where they go, do your own research and embark on your own journey of discovery.
Run out of energy? Then it could be worth looking into local travel options such as riding the village busses or jumping on a tuk-tuk – which are extremely cost-effective and popular in countries such as Thailand. Transportation in various parts of the world can be very different to what you’re used to and an experience in itself, but just make sure you stay as safe as possible.
Make the most of free attractions
No matter where you go, you’ll be amazed at how much there is to do for free. If you head to London, for instance, not only will you find a wealth of incredibly beautiful parks that are open for you to explore throughout the day, but there are also many fascinating museums such as Pitt Rivers – home to mummies, dinosaur skeletons, shrunken head and much more – that won’t cost you a penny. It’s easy to lose track of time at these unique attractions and come away with a host of incredible memories, so don’t always feel you have to shell out cash to have a good day.
If you’re lucky enough to have a beach nearby, how about packing a picnic and spending the day reading underneath a tree? You’ll save money on expensive restaurant food and won’t have to pay for a sunbed or umbrella – just be sure to bring a Yoga mat or towel with you for comfort. If you’ve little ones in tow, let them be at one with nature by building sandcastles, frolicking in the waves, searching for shells, collecting stones, playing I Spy and anything else that takes their fancy.
Similarly, you could also make the most of your natural surroundings by exploring world famous trek routes or hiring a bike and heading off into the distance – just be sure to compare prices if you need to borrow equipment to ensure you get the best deals around.
Contrary to popular belief, travelling doesn’t have to be expensive. A little forward planning and research could save you a lot of money, so how about putting together a money-saving itinerary that will help you stick to a budget?