This blog post was updated on March 16, 2018.

In our last post, we discussed a few different ways to budget travel no matter where you go in the world. Here we continue our list, and if you follow these tips, you’ll soon become friends with your wallet again.

Map Out Your Route Beforehand

Transportation costs are one of the many downfalls that come with traveling, but if you prepare ahead of time, you won’t have to deal with surprise costs and fees. All you have to do is research your route before you land, including the distance between the airport and your accommodation. If you look up the prices and find different options, such as taking the bus, an Uber, or a train, you’ll be less overwhelmed when you get to the airport.

Plan for One Big Thing

When you are traveling on a budget, it can be very easy to miss out on some once-in-a-lifetime experiences. One of the best ways to prevent any regrets is to plan one big-ticket activity at each destination. This could be a day trip, a fancy meal, or visiting a major monument. When you plan for one big thing, you’ll have something to look forward too and really cool stories to tell once you get home.

Keep an Open Mind

If you’re planning on flying into a major city, we recommend looking at different airports to fly into. When preparing for your flight, it’s worth looking at other nearby cities or even a different part of the country altogether. Larger cities tend to be more expensive to fly directly into, and who knows, you could find a whole new host of experiences in this new place you would’ve never visited otherwise.

Considering that 96% of American workers say that vacation time is important to them, it is essential to realize that your wallet doesn’t have to keep you from flying internationally and experiencing what the world has to offer. With these tips in mind, budget travel doesn’t have to be hard. So get out there and get exploring!

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