How can you not love to travel? Travelling allows you to discover new cultures, new realities and new people. It makes us better and happier people. The hard part is being able to take our dream trip without spending a lot of money.
There are several factors that are essential for saving money on a trip. First off, it is important to define a plan and when you want to travel. Establishing a budget is also essential if you don’t want to spend more than you should.
Here are six tips to help you save money on your dream trip!
- Plan ahead
When you plan a trip in advance, the prices of flights and hotels are usually lower. In addition, there is more to choose from, which is perfect for finding the best opportunities. If you book everything closer to the travel date, the best options will no longer be available.
- Establish a budget
As previously mentioned, it is essential to define how much you can spend on a trip! You can establish a total budget for the trip and then split expenses according to your options. If you don’t want to miss out on any tourist attractions on your destination, leave a bigger margin for this type of activities. Don’t forget to define your budget based on the prices charged in the country you are travelling to.
- Avoid high season
Festive seasons, such as Easter week or the peak of summer, tend to be more expensive. Which means it is very important to look for periods that are not so popular and therefore cheaper. Opting for the start or end of summer could be an alternative for avoiding more expensive prices. Another detail to consider are important events that may be happening at your destination, such as holidays or festivals.
- Use public transport
When you arrive at your destination, one of the best ways to save money is to use public transport. In Portugal, there is a strong transport network that includes metro, train or buses, which are always the easiest and cheapest ways to get around. For small distances, choose to walk! After all, there is no better way to explore a city!
- Choose your hotel wisely
Choosing the cheapest hotel doesn’t always mean it is the wisest choice. If you choose a cheap hotel but then need to spend a lot of money and time to get downtown, maybe it is not the best option for you! Look for the best quality-price options in the cities you are considering. Another smart choice could be sharing a room with the people you are travelling with. If you are travelling with friends, why not stay in a double or triple room? In the HF Hotels group we have several typologies so that our guests can choose the best option for them.
- Search for the city’s attractions
Search for the official tourism sites of the destination you have chosen, in order to discover which attractions can’t be missed. Read testimonials and reviews on blogs and forums. In every destination, there are always free options that are just as incredible as the paid ones.
With these tips, you’ll definitely be making better choices for your next trip and only spending exactly what you need. If you travel to Lisbon or Porto, discover the hotels that the HF Hotels group has to offer and feel at home!