A vacation should be a fun and exciting experience and not a source of stress. The key to making your vacation relaxing, fun and hassle free is to pay attention and learn how to travel smart. There are many ways to save money on travel. But the best “how to” approach involves a step by step progression that considers the market conditions and your own itinerary. Here are ways to save money on airfares, car rentals, dining, rail pass purchases and baggage fees.
Book Hotels Wisely
There are a large number of hotels in the major cities, which is good, because you can really find some great deals. Spend some time really search for that perfect rate to fit in your budget, because you are sure to find it.
Keep Your Money Safe
To protect your travel money, most seasoned travellers and travel experts recommend keeping valuables in a hidden wallet or travel pouch, either wrapped around your waist under your clothes or hung around your neck under your shirt.
Another great way to protect your money and reduce the chance of theft is to keep the majority of your cash in the hotel safe, taking only enough out each day to pay for small incidental purchases. Use credit cards for meals, lodging, admissions, souvenirs and other larger purchases. Credit cards provide valuable consumer protection and the best currency exchange rates as well.
Rent a Bicycle or Scooter
Instead of renting a car, think about renting a bicycle or scooter once you arrive. They are less expensive and you can easily get just about anywhere you want to go in the city! Strap on a helmet and zip around the city!
Book last minute
Cheap travel deals are available if you are willing to plan a last minute trip. If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands and a hankering to experience an amazing new culture, then check for those last minute deals, and run off to Sri Lanka for a few days!
Be flexible with your dates
Many times, flights are cheaper if you are willing to travel mid-week rather than departing and leaving on a weekend. Sometimes staying and extra day or leaving a day early can save you big bucks.
That’s right! Go shopping. Visit local stores and shopping centres – the one’s that the locals frequent, and you will find lots of great products for a fraction of the cost you’d pay back home. Shop the day away, because even on a budget, you can afford it!
Book a Package Deal
If you want to see several different cities, check out some of the package deals available. Often times these packaged tours are cheaper than if you booked every leg of the trip yourself. There are also package deals out there for single cities, which include hotel and airfare at reduced rates. You’ll still have a great time, but spend less money!
Fly Round Trip
If you are planning to fly to more than one city during your stay in Sri Lanka, then try to fly in and out of the same city. Round-trip tickets are usually less expensive than booking one-way tickets.
To get the most of your culinary dollar, avoid the touristy hotel restaurants. Get out and explore the city, and eat where the locals eat. You’ll experience the local cuisine at a fraction of the cost.