7 ways to see the world for less
1) You might well be imagining yourself strolling along the banks of the Seine in Paris or taking in a show at the Zurich Opera House, but it might be worth considering that you’ll get a hell of a lot more for your money by taking in the many awe inspiring sights of countries where the cost of living is far lower. Countries in Asia, Southern and Central America and Eastern Europe all boast beautiful cities, stunning natural scenery and rich cultural history (not to mention 6 of the 7 wonders of the world), and all at a fraction of the cost.
2) Admittedly, if your heart is set on visiting the Americas or the Polynesian islands then a flight might well be unavoidable, but for spots closer to home travelling by land can potentially save you a fortune courtesy of bus/rail passes. A host of international European coach journeys are on offer and, for the brave of heart the most famous method of passing from Europe to the Orient is via the 9,289km Trans-Siberian Railway, stretching from Moscow all the way to the Russian Far East and the Sea of Japan. Diverging from the traditional route, the Trans-Manchurian and Trans-Mongolian lines even go as far as to connect Moscow with Beijing.
3) This one might be a little more obvious, but to save those pennies you may well have to sacrifice the private bathroom and opt for a hostel over a hotel where sense dictates. Many hostels also include benefits like Wi-Fi and a free breakfast within the price of a place to rest your head, but be sure to check out previous reviews of the establishment as quality can be extremely up and down.
4) If an alcoholic tipple is your pleasure then be prepared to experiment with the local delicacies; ‘when in Rome’ and such. More often than not local beers and wines will be significantly cheaper than familiar imported alternatives and might just encourage a little more cultural immersion (just try to go steady and be conscious when it comes to local fire-water).
5) If you are going to commit to flights, be flexible. Airlines don’t want empty seats and low cost tickets are out there if you’re willing to fly when others aren’t. Compare companies, avoid weekends and if you’re a live in the moment sort of traveller then consider signing up for cost alerts with airlines so that potential last-minute flights land straight in your email inbox.
6) Be aware of seasonal hype. Everywhere has it’s high and low seasons and the cost of travel and accommodation fluctuates right alongside them. For discount trip make sure to target the beginning and end of the peak seasons, or avoid them all together if things like blue skies hold no sway over you.
7) Do not waste money on roaming costs. At the time of the writing of this article Lycamobile is currently offering no roaming charges when you use your phone abroad in 18 locations worldwide. Whether you’re a new or existing customer, keep in touch with loved ones without having to worry about burning through your credit or receiving a gut-churning monthly bill. See our roaming SIM card for yourself!
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