Travel on the cheap

Self-employment has never really held any allure for me. But when great last minute travel deals pop up on my Twitter feed or email inbox, I gotta admit, I feel a bit of envy…

My office happens to be in an amazing heritage building, all wooden floors, exposed beams on the ceilings, raw stripped walls. There’s massive windows with a view straight across the road to the sparkling harbour – and the spot where cruise ships pull in every few days.

Going on a cruise isn’t at the top of my bucket list but it’s definitely something I want to experience once in my life. Where, exactly, I’m not sure. There are definitely lots of deals out there, like from Planet Cruise, and I often see pretty sharp prices on short cruises over to east coast Australia from Auckland. (Maybe a cruise calls for somewhere more exotic, though?)

I may not have the flexibility to take advantage of most last-minute travel deals, but here’s a few ways I do save on travel that I’ve picked up over the past few years.

Free entry days are your friend

Admittedly I’m not much of a culture vulture, so saving money on museum entry makes me very happy. Lots of museums have free or discounted visiting hours. Being under 26 and in Paris on a Friday evening meant we got into the Louvre for nothing!

Mid-week flights are your friend

Flying on, say, a Tuesday, usually makes a significant difference in price. And don’t forget to clear your cache when searching for flights, or use an incognito window.

Slow travel is your friend

Some trips do lend themselves to cramming a lot in, but rushing around too much is both stressful and expensive. Seriously.

5 thoughts on “Travel on the cheap

  • Reply Mike @ TipYourself.com January 20, 2016 at 11:45

    Couldn’t agree more with the last point “Slow travel is your friend”. I’ve found on vacations, the less I try to do in terms of planned stuff the happier I am and the less it costs! It’s amazing in how many aspects of our lives the words “Less is More” applies.

  • Reply Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank January 20, 2016 at 12:45

    Whenever on travel, I am making sure that everything I am buying or getting is cheap to make use of my money well. Slow travel is your friend is really good because I get to appreciate the place more.

  • Reply James January 24, 2016 at 13:27

    I think it’s better to plan it really well to see those cheaper ways to do it. I find it really fun when everything is planned and you look into ways which would bring you lots of good experiences.

  • Reply Tonya@Budget and the Beach January 25, 2016 at 16:08

    Oh man I dream of slow travel. It’s not in the cards yet, but on my radar for sure.

  • Reply Jenna L at Hello Suckers February 8, 2016 at 06:03

    Great tips!
    I am a very frugal traveller. Pinterest and TripAdvisor are great for planning a trip on the cheap, I find. I do my homework and shop around (incognito) to get the best deals and see what we can do for cheap/free that’s still of decent quality. I then save this, pin them or bookmark them in one place!

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