I know when people think of traveling they think its going to cost them a pretty penny, but what they don’t know is it barely costs any difference to living in the UK! If anything, it’ll cost you lest, the stigma behind travelling is complete lie, you can book accommodation for less than your rent, AND that includes utility and services such as WIFI, 99% of the time. You just need to know where to look.
My top tips for budgeting your travels are easy and simple and will hopefully save you a small fortune! All you have to do is be careful and don’t treat your travels like a holiday. This is the number 1 rookie mistake and can cost you hundreds of pounds, I have written a blog post about the difference between traveling and going on vacation here.
- Skyscanner this is my number 1 go too when booking flights, it’s put my travels in my budget, even for my holidays I use Skyscanner I managed to bag flights to Cyprus for £200 and that’s a return included, and my seats paid for as well as luggage fees. I’ve never even seen that be advertised nobody could find me flights under £400per person.
- For accommodation I love using 3 websites to get me the cheapest possible stays, now ill be traveling with my children but I do like to keep us as safe as possible, so I like to use air B&B it’s the safest website I know and compares so many prices for so many different types of accommodation, it also gives you information on what’s around, which I LOVE! I also love trustedhousesitters.com this is the perfect sight for those traveling alone or as a couple more than families however I recon there are still people who would give their homes to the right family, the sight is basically a trades site, you watch their home and pets whilst they’re away and you get free accommodation for however long they’re gone for. And if im super desperate for a place to stay there’s one last site I use is laterooms.com this is purely because if I cant get a room in the hotel/motel etc that I want for the price that was advertised, I know I can trust laterooms to give me a hand and find me the cheapest room as close as I can get to the place I want to go.
- Have a budget and stick to it. I usually budget around £1200 a month for my family of 4 if I’m staying in the continents. If I’m flying to different continents I make it £3000 for all 4 of us for the first month then any additional months its £1200, I know that if I’m hitting £1000 and I’m only halfway through my month I need to take a serious sit down and think about what I’ve done wrong, I never normally go over budget that only happens when me and my partner have ran into an emergency but that’s about it.
- If I do almost hit my budget line I cut out on major thing, as much as I possibly can, and that’s food. Now I don’t mean I starve my family it means I go out go shopping and find the cheapest deals and even head to the butches for things I can use in stews and broths even if it’s a chicken carcass I can turn it into the nicest chicken soup, with the right herbs and veggies (which are super cheap). All it takes is know how and some skills.