This week I have a guest author posting that I think will help everyone a little in the year ahead as the world starts opening again for travel!
Whether you want to explore the world through running adventures or find other ways to experience other states, countries, and cultures, worries about money or stress shouldn’t be an obstacle — especially when there are so many practical and doable ways to keep your journey budget-friendly without taking away from the fun and excitement. Here are a few cost-savvy and low-stress travel tips to get you started.
Only Pack the Essentials
If you want to keep the stress and costs of your travels minimal, you need to also keep your luggage light and manageable. Here’s what you really need to travel comfortably:
- A good wireless charger so you don’t have to worry about finding a plug for your phone. You may even want to pick up one or two extra to keep in your suitcase.
- A top-rated toiletry bag filled with your favorites in smaller sizes. You could pick up toiletries at your destination, but why deal with the extra expense or hassle?
- Laundry detergent — or at least be willing to pick up some and do laundry. This is one of the top recommended tips for bringing less clothing and minimizing your packing.
- Your ID and travel documents. The US Department of State offers a handy list to help you figure out which documents you will need, especially if you are traveling abroad.
- Consider including your COVID-19 vaccination card in your travel paperwork.
- Keep in mind the CDC is currently recommending COVID-19 testing for air travelers arriving in the US; requirements could be upgraded at any time.
Stray Off the Beaten Path
Another secret for taking the stress and expense out of travel is to avoid doing what other tourists or travelers do. With these tips, you’re also more likely to have the time of your life.
- Skip the hotel and choose a more creative accommodation instead. Vacation rentals, RV rentals, couch surfing, and even camping are all cheaper and much more fun options.
- Hiking ski resorts during the summer and checking out Europe in the fall. These are both practical ways to cut out crowds and avoid extra costs.
- Treat yourself to local cuisine. Visit local favorites instead of relying on more popular chains and restaurants. Eating locally can help you save a lot of money.
- Creating budget rules for your adventures can also help you avoid surprises, anxiety, and stress about money. For instance, set a limit for the total cost of your flights.
- David Cross recommends getting a Platinum AMEX Card — not just to cover your travel expenses, but also to enjoy travel-friendly perks on the road.
Travel will help you stay healthy, explore new worlds, and make connections as you’ve never imagined possible. Don’t let worries about your budget keep you from exploring. Keep your packing minimal and be willing to get creative so you can save money and stress.
Thanks again for the tips from Allison Morgan from TravelTravesty.com!