When traveling, the costs, both imagined and real, might be intimidating. That hesitation and apprehension can put your plans on hold until you have "enough". But what if it isn't the money but what you do on the trip, that determines the cost and a worthwhile experience?
10 money-saving tips for couples who wish to travel
Financing a trip is the most important consideration when you and your partner want to travel. However, if you have a good enough budget and a destination in mind, you can make any amount work for you.
Here are our money-saving tips for couples wishing to travel
1. Share a suitcase
If you have to pay for luggage or want to travel light, share a suitcase. It will also help you decide on the essentials from habitual items.
2. Share toiletries
Sometimes Airbnb or hotels provide free toiletries which help many couples save money and to travel light. If you are not sure about this provision or you want to use your own products, carry toiletries that you can share. Body wash, soap, and shaving cream are some of the easiest products to share.
3. Have romantic picnics
When you are traveling to a new destination, you might be tempted to dine at tourist restaurants or some fancy place. But you're already here! You can have the cheapest foods and still have a great time in this space. Try buying food and drinks on a budget and have a picnic somewhere nice.
4. Focus on each other and the destination
Avoid getting lost in trying to buy gifts or souvenirs that you don't need. The experiences you share are the most valuable thing you can "buy" with a trip. Focus on romantic exploration, and the free activities you can catch in your new environment.
5. Prepare meals
Make use of the kitchen in your Airbnb to prepare most of your meals. Avoid eating out as a default, shop for groceries and get creative with preparing and preserving your lunches and dinner. So when you decide to eat out it will not be a huge burden on your account.
Hostels are a great choice when you're traveling on a budget. But as a couple, you may want some privacy and Airbnb is a great choice for your budget compared to private accommodation.
7. Share meals when you eat out
If you choose to spend some cash and go out for a fancy dinner, it is better to share meals rather than ordering individual dishes. You can share the starter, main dish and then get individual desserts.
8. Don’t go out drinking
For friend trips and solo traveling, half the fun of hitting the nightlife is to meet people. But for couples this might not be an incentive and you are better off walking around and exploring your destination rather than being cooped up in a bar.
It might not even be about the bar, alcohol in general is not budget-friendly.
9. Rent a car
Transport costs in a new place can be a shock to your budget as they fluctuate depending on where you are going. Since it's two people, you might spend more if you use public transport or online transport services. If you get a rental it will be more convenient for your exploration and you will save a lot of time and money even when paying for fuel.
10. Find deals for destination transport options
Find out the best times to travel for your budget. Find favourable offers on transportation and use all available incentives that airlines, road, or water transport companies offer.
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