If wanderlust is your middle name, follow these tips for seeing the world on a shoestring budget.
- Know the exchange rate of the country youâ€™re planning to visit. Will food and lodging be more or less expensive than they would be in the U.S. If the costs are
prohibitive, consider visiting countries where the U.S. dollar is strong.
- Be flexible with travel dates to save on flights. Booking a vacation in â€œoff monthsâ€ can also offer significant savings.
- Shop package deals. Sometimes purchasing airfare, lodging and a rental car at once can offer hundreds of dollars in savings.
- Pack smart so you donâ€™t have to stock up on expensive items upon your arrival, like film, special clothes and toiletries.
- Exchange currency at banks, not at hotels or airports. This is where youâ€™ll find the best exchange rates.
- Be careful with cabs etc. Find out the going rate of activities, food and cab fare, and donâ€™t be afraid to bargain. Visitors will likely have to pay more than
locals, but it pays to have an idea of whatâ€™s fair or you could end up paying significantly more. Research the local public transportation to get around town and to
and from the airport. Many cities offer weekly passes for buses and underground trains for a significant savings.
- Consider playing it by ear. If you donâ€™t choose a package deal, itâ€™s generally much less expensive to plan for your lodging after arrival, so you can cut out the
fees paid to travel agents, websites and operations.
- Keep charges under $400 US per person to avoid a 10% tax.
Research entrance requirements and warnings for the areas youâ€™re planning to visit at travel.state.gov.
Get a passport or ensure yours is up-to-date at travel.state.gov.