You’d love to travel more, but you don’t have enough money! That was my situation fresh out of university with $198 in my bank account and $28,000 in student loans. But I still managed to travel – for 2 1/2 years to be exact! Here’s how:
travel more for less by travelling off season

Admittedly, I haven’t been in university for quite some time, but for the last 20 years or so, I’ve been accumulating and testing tips that allow me to travel more, while paying less.

Here are the winners that have stayed with me for years that allow me to travel more for less money:

  1. Reconsider what you really want from a vacation. Maybe you really want to go to Australia. Now Australia, while lovely, is not exactly the cheapest destination, especially if you consider the cost of airfare. Ask yourself why you really want to go to Australia. Is it for the beaches, or because you want to learn how to surf? If so, then perhaps you can find a cheaper destination that has nice beaches and great waves – like Costa Rica. Your money will last much longer in Costa Rica and I’d bet you could very easily surf in Costa Rica for at least 3-4 times as long as you could in Australia, allowing you to travel more for the same price or less. Too often, what we think we want, is not what we really want.
    choosing a cheaper destination can let you travel longer for less money

    You be seeking a beach vacation, rather than a specific destination. in that case, choosing a cheaper destination can allow you to travel longer.

  2. Be flexible when you fly. I love Skyscanner‘s Find Cheapest Month and Whole Month search feature. Take a look at how much a flight from Munich, Germany to Calgary, Canada costs in July – anywhere between $520 and $930. That’s a difference of $410, just for a one-way flight! You can save hundreds of dollars by being flexible when you fly.
    travel more for less money by being flexible as to which date you fly
  3. Consider going during the week, instead of on a weekend. This can make a huge difference for saving on hotels. For example, I’ve been doing research for my upcoming summer vacation in Banff, Canada. On Booking.com, the Buffalo Mountain Lodge,  costs €316 from Friday to Saturday (July 8th-9th), but €270 from Monday to Tuesday (July 10th – 11th). That’s a savings of €46 just for one night!
    travel more for less money by being flexible as to which date you fly
  4. Consider alternative accommodation. Here’s where the savings can really add up! Let’s go back to our example of Banff, an expensive summer destination in the Canadian Rockies. You can book a cabin in the town of Canmore, just a 20-minute drive away, AND with a mountain view for €98! That’s a saving of €172 off the cheapest option for the Buffalo Mountain Lodge. Often, just staying slightly outside of your target area can result in huge savings.

    You can often save even more by staying in an Airbnb property, especially if you’re willing to just book a bedroom, and don’t mind sharing the rest of the place with a host. I found one private room in a shared apartment directly in Banff for €59! Alternatively, or at the same time, you can consider renting out your place on AirBnB while you’re on vacation, helping to offset your costs and enabling you to travel more!