Travel Tips For Planning Your Dream Vacation on a Budget

According to recent MMGY Travel intelligence research, there is a 16% drop in the number of U.S. adults who plan to take a vacation this year.

A researcher with the agency, Chris Davidson, pins this “softness” on “concerns over personal finances and the affordability of travel,” especially for low-income people.

Amid the encouraging numbers of those still willing to embark on their vacation, as shown by the research, the issue of affordability is set to deprive many fun-seekers of the pastime they so desire. As one who may be affected by this conundrum, here are ways to make your trip without breaking the bank.

Give yourself plenty of time to plan. Twelve months is more than enough. Most airlines and hotels have their schedule open for that period and offer affordable pricing options for early birds.

Plan Ahead

Consider hostels, homestays, and camping. These generally offer cheaper rates and access to a kitchen for cooking your meals, allowing you to spend less on dining out.

Cheap Accommodation

Getting familiar with locals or native residents of a travel destination can prove to be invaluable. Their referral of local stores where local dishes are sold without the price tag or unwanted portions minimizes cost and offers the pleasure of acquainting visitors with the “locations' identity.”

Insider Knowledge

Consider walking or cycling if the distance is relatively short, which has the dual benefit of environmental friendliness and routine exercise.

Local Transportation

It is also essential to seek out free activities in the vacation destination. Free walking tours give insight into the city's history and culture. Certain museums have free admission days or particular hours of the day when there is a waiver on their entrance fee.

Free Local Events

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