It’s kind of funny. Whenever people find out I’m preparing for another trip, they either look at me with a look of envy, disgust or surprise. When words finally do come out, I get questions or comments like:
“How the hell do you travel so often?”
“Don’t you work?”
“Did you win the lottery?”
“Your parents must be rich.”
It’s flattering that people think I live some kind of rockstar lifestyle or that my parents bathe in money, but what most people don’t realise is that — unlike 5 or 10 years ago — travelling in 2017 doesn’t have to be expensive.
The secret to cheap travel my friends is flexibility.
That’s how I’m able to travel quite regularly without spending too much, and how you can too.
Flexibility means cheaper travel
When it all boils down, flexibility is the number one factor standing in the way of you travelling cheaply. By making yourself and your lifestyle more flexible, travelling more regularly won’t be such a farfetched dream.
In my case, I’m super flexible because I work for myself. I can grab my MacBook, connect to WiFi and I’m good to go.
If you don’t have that same luxury don’t worry my friends. There’s still a way.
Be flexible on dates
Why do ‘long weekend’ getaways have to be from a Friday to Monday? Instead, take a couple of days from Tuesday until Thursday to benefit from the lowest prices. Whether that means changing your days off work from the weekend to mid-week, or simply taking a couple days from your annual holiday allowance — travelling mid-week always works out cheaper than weekends.
It’s not ideal and it’s not possible for everyone, but it’s arguably the most economical way to travel on a budget more frequently.
Plus, you’ll save a ton on accomodation prices during the week too!
Become open minded about destinations
People usually have a pretty firm idea of where they’d like to go which is fine, but sometimes saying “f*ck it” and exploring new places can be so much fun.
For example, earlier in 2016 I found a ridiculously cheap flight to Copenhagen, Denmark. I never really thought about visiting the city, but after using SkyScanner’s “Explore” feature (which scans for the cheapest flights from your chosen destination and date range), I found a £10 return ticket and thought why the hell not!
For that amount (which is just $12/€12 by the way), I would be crazy not to explore a new place and learn about Danish culture. It’s not for everyone, I know, but honestly if you’re really keen on getting away more often this is the most economical and adventurous way to go. I can’t recommend it enough!
Accepting that not everybody can be so flexible
If you’re reading this and thinking “screw you Fabio, I can’t be more flexible!”, then I’m sorry. The reality is that in some cases there’s little you can do to avoid travelling in peak periods. Teachers and parents for example are restricted to school term times which makes it difficult to book a midweek city break.
That said, this article is supposed to be an eye opener — and hopefully an inspiration — to those who think travel is expensive and inaccessible for the average Joe.
Inspired? Where are you going next?
I hope these tips have been helpful to you. If they have and you’re feeling inspired to book your next trip, please let me know in the comments!
Happy travels 🙂