Traveling can be fun and very enlightening. Through traveling you learn a lot about people, cultures, customs, food, and music that are different from your own. While there are a lot of planning and expenses one needs to consider before taking a trip, traveling does not have to be expensive, if you plan and travel smart.

 

To help you save money on your next vacation, we have come up with five smart ways you can travel on a budget.

 

 

 

 

How to travel on a budget: Travel off-season. (huffingtonpost.com)

How to travel on a budget: Travel off-season. (huffingtonpost.com)

1. Travel off-season – Spring and fall are the best times to travel on a budget. You will be able to save money on flight, accommodation, and sightseeing tours, as there will be less tourists on sight. If you want a better deal for your hotel or flight, all you need to do is ask the hotels and airline; in most cases, they “would rather sell a room or seat at a discounted price than not sell it at all.”

 

 

 

2. Look up relatives or friends – Another way you can save money on lodging is to look up relatives or friends that live in the city you are traveling to and consider staying with them. They can also the best people to ask about deals and cheap places to eat or shop.

 

 

 

 

How to travel on a budget: Use free admission. (moneywisemoms.com)

How to travel on a budget: Use free admission. (moneywisemoms.com)

 

 

3. Utilize free admission – If you love going to museums or taking tours during your vacation, then you are in luck — lots of museums and tours offer free admission on specific days or evenings. Make sure you call them ahead to verify, and try planning your trip around those days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Pack smart and light – When packing for your trip, bear in mind the weather of the season in your destination and the reason for your trip; make sure you pack everything you will need. Travel essentials are cheap and easy to find at home, but when you forget them, they can be quite pricey and time-consuming while on vacation. Also pack light to avoid being charged for excess luggage.

 

 

 

 

How to travel on a budget: Eat like a local. (Gregory Curley/travel.cnn.com)

How to travel on a budget: Eat like a local. (Gregory Curley/travel.cnn.com)

 

5. Eat like a local – To save money on food, find out about places frequented and favored by locals. These places will serve you local cuisines for a reasonable price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How are you traveling on a budget? Do you find our tips helpful? Share your thoughts with us below or tweet me @LindaAmaechi