If you like going off the beaten track when exploring new places, a self catering or do-it-yourself (DIY) trip might be the right choice for you. Unlike some tourists, if you don’t settle for sitting by the pool all night and you want to experience the culture, taste the local cuisine, and explore the secret trails, you will need to create a detailed budget to make sure your money will take you as far as you want to get.
Below you will find a few tips on how to keep the budget of your travels under control.
Research Hotel Deals
The first thing you will need to do after choosing your vacation is checking and comparing hotel deals. Some chains will offer you a free night after you book your stay, while others will provide free breakfast or parking. If you are visiting Alaska, be sure to check the deals at Anchorage Marriott Downtown, close to local restaurants and attractions.
Consider Car Rental
To make the most out of your trip, you might want to book your car in advance. If you are over 21, and have a clean driving license, you could save money on getting around, and see more than most of the tourists in the area. You can book your car to be delivered to the airport, and drive to your hotel, instead of paying for a taxi or spending hours on the transfer bus. You can visit remote villages and places where tour operators don’t take you.
Eat At the Local Market
To taste real local food, instead of the tourist version of the cuisine, you could try to eat at the local market. For great prices and authentic meals, you can visit the local markets and mix with people living in the area. The best way of finding out more about the lifestyle of locals while on vacation is visiting the places they shop and eat at. You can experience the true culture of the place and get the feel of the atmosphere.
Mix With Locals
Instead of giving in to your tour operator to go on a day trip, you can arrange your own excursion. The smart way to travel abroad involves getting to know locals and asking about the most popular attractions in the area. You will find that some of the places recommended by locals are not on the tourist map. Learn a few words in the local language, and start asking questions.
Book In Time
To make your money go further, you will need to book on time. If you need transfer, admission tickets, and flights, as well as multiple hotels, create your itinerary and book early.
Self catering or DIY vacations allow you to see more of the world while sticking to your budget. Plan ahead. Compare accommodations, transport and tour options. Book on time and make sure you use the free help of the locals to find the best ways of spending your vacation budget.