According to Forbes, 20% of the world’s travelers are millennials, and that number is getting bigger and bigger every year. If you’re asking yourself how this is possible on a college budget, we’re here to share the scoop.
Travelling light means less money spent on checked luggage. There’s also less risk of anything important being stolen, despite it being tied to your leg while you slept in that Hostel. In addition to this, take time when choosing the perfect backpack. One broken zipper from an overloaded backpack can wreck your souvenir plans or put you at risk for losing things.
Avoid Weekend Travel
You’ll save yourself time, money and headaches if you try to do the bulk of your traveling during the week, and not the weekend. The same goes for the off-season, if you want to travel somewhere during that destination’s peak season, it’s going to cost a little more.
Uber Instead of Renting A Car
To save you the time of having to read through paragraphs on paragraphs about Uber being the single greatest development in the travel world since since online price comparisons, we’ll just leave you with these quick list: It’s affordable, quick, easy, trusted and you don’t have to be over 25 to use it like you do when renting a car. Plus you don’t have to worry about navigating a strange city, and you can drink without having to draw straws for a DD.
Air BNB (home away VRBO)
Air BNB is still a pretty well kept secret, in that enough people aren’t taking advantage of the awesome savings it has to offer. Most will never be able to match the inclusive services of the hotel industry, but if you plan on spending most of your time sight seeing and exploring a new city, then why spend so much of your budget on swanky digs?
Skip The Guided Tours
A seasoned Travel Guide is a relatively foolproof way to visit the must-see stops at your destination, while hearing tons of fun facts in the process. The only problem is, those guided tours can quickly deplete your budget and dictate your time. Instead, do your own thorough research, build an itinerary, and embark on your vacation with a customized plan you designed. Remember to visit the little places as well as the big places. You might end up eating a Falafel that changes your life at a the most unlikely of food stands.
Millennials are all too familiar with the phrase “Ballin’ On A Budget,” (forgive us), and the use of Groupon definitely helped pioneer such an idea. Use Groupon to find cheap vacation packages, dining credit, memberships, train rides, hotel suites, promo codes you name it. Before you do anything, check for a Groupon.
Negotiate with everyone
Other parts of the world are more willing to negotiate when it comes to price than we are here in the states. So remember, as you are skimping and saving to make every dollar count, don’t be shy about haggling.
Live like a local
When operating on limited resources the best thing to do is spend your time living like the locals. Whether you’re short on time or money, spending your days doing what the locals do is the best way to absorb as much of a new culture as you can with the time you have. Bypassing the tourist trap activities will free up time and funds to discover what the city is really about.
Traveling in a pack is not only a good way to stay safer abroad, it’s also a great way to cut costs. Group rates often save a dime or two, but splitting the cost of travel or large meals will save as well. Most importantly, make friends! Build connections with new people with a new set of experiences and insight.
Walk, or bike everywhere.
Bicycling through a new city isn’t always the best idea if you’re not a seasoned cyclist who has plenty of experience dodging rogue vehicles and pedestrians.
When walking however remember, especially when traveling in packs, it can be important to assign a designated walker if you’re going to be out drinking. Even though the bar might be walking distance from your room, that doesn’t mean it’s a drunk-proof walk.
Travel in The Off Season
Traveling during your destination’s peak season follows the same basic principle as traveling on the weekend, avoid it when you can. If you do travel during the peak season, basically everything you do, from flights to lodging, is going to cost a little more.
11. Download ALL the Apps
Travel apps are arguably the single most effective tactic millennials use for hacking travel. Be sure to clear some room on that hard drive on your phone because the apps are going to have to compete with a lot of vacation selfies for storage. There are apps for translations, price comparisons, car service, hotel booking, local advice, tipping and so much more. If you aren’t super familiar with the more popular travel apps of today’s generation, head on over to our guide for the best ones HERE.