45 money-saving travel tips from the experts

With January being a particularly harsh month on the wallet, I joined forces with the lovely Skyscanner folk and a few other budget travel experts earlier this month on #Skychat ( runs monthly, every second Tuesday ) to unearth the best money saving travel tips and secrets. Here is a summary of the very exciting chat and all the 45 fantastic tips that were shared. Big thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to take part. Love to hear your feedback about the tips shared and please feel free share your own tips in the comments section below.

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What are your money saving tips for booking flights and accommodation?

Some of the best tips from this section of the chat emphasized the importance of booking flights on specific days, group travel reducing costs, using comparison sites for getting the best rates and many more.

The best things in life are free! What’s the best free (or cheap) things to do around the world?

We had some brilliant suggestions in this section of the chat. They included opting for walking tours, watching sunrise and sunset (completely free!), exploring parks and green spaces, museums museums and more, free music gigs in diverse cities, hiking, volunteering and of course beer drinking!

We’ve all been caught out, but what tips do you have for avoiding rip-offs on holiday?

Our #Skychat participants had some great suggestions for avoiding holiday rip-offs. They included being aware and using common sense, avoiding tourist traps, not buying currency at the airport, tips for overseas mobile internet usage and brushing up on those haggling skills.

 

When traveling on a budget where do you scrimp and where do you splurge?

The common consensus in this section of the discussion was to scrimp on accommodation and splurge on experiences. We had some fabulous suggestions for budget accommodations ranging from AirBnb, luxury hostels and even hammocks!

Everyone loves a bargain! Best value destinations and tips for 2016? Go!

Some of our top value destination ideas for 2016 are: South East Asia (Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar,Vietnam, Sri Lanka), Latin America (Nicaragua), the Balkans especially Albania, Serbia, Macedonia and Poland, Portugal and Greece. If all fails then discovering anything within a 50km radius of your hometown i.e. going on a micro-adventure is a wonderful way to explore on a budget.

The great man Marcel Proust reminded us “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Irrespective of how near or far I travel I try to hold on to that feeling.

 

 

 

 

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