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Saving money for a holiday can sometimes feel impossible when times are tough. But, what if we told you that booking cheap flights is possible on the tightest budget - all without giving up the fun and adventure that makes a holiday joyous?
Read on for some of our top tips for travelling on a budget...
AN INCOGNITO WINDOW
It may seem a little sleuth like, but believe you me - clearing your browser of cookies and using a private or incognito window whilst you search for flights has been proven to provide the results.
Websites have a tricky way of tracking what prices you’ve been quoted in the past so, in order to make things competitive yet cheap, make sure you’re browsing on the hush!
The heavyweight champion of flight deals...
Known for its cheap deals and last minute flights, it's been said that the flight comparison sight, Skyscanner is a hiding a few secret features within its website.
"Find Cheapest Month"
'Find the Cheapest Month' allows you to see when in the year is the most affordable...
'Everywhere' is more focused towards those of you that know when you want to travel, but don't necessarily know where you want to go.
Oh, and of you're in the 'f*ck let's just book a holiday' mood that is more commonly known as, December - utilise both features and let us know the deals that you find -we're dying for a bit of sunshine here in the UK.
PLAN AROUND OFF-PEAK TRAVEL TIMES
It seems too obvious to be true...but, be aware of the seasonality of travel and the price rise that's included with it.
What's considered to be "off-peak" in one country, might not be in another...
Various destinations have different tourist seasons, so make sure to do your research beforehand.
TO VISA OR NOT...
Some countries don't require visas for entry or a short term visit but others do charge you for the privilege of entering.
Now, don't panic - they're never usually that expensive, but dependant upon where you're travelling to - a visa can take anywhere from a few minutes, to a long few months to be approved - so make sure you're ready and prepared before you fly.
HOSTELS ARE CHEAPER THAN HOTELS
Let’s be brutally honest here, hostels aren’t the sole domain of smashed gap year students or people born after the internet became a thing...
They’re clean, safe and friendly places for travellers of any age who are travelling on a budget. Better still, at some hostels you can even save money on food thanks to free breakfasts, while complimentary wi-fi and in-house bars trim back on your spending even further.
If you do get caught out with having to pay for the internet - most hostels will have free-wifi down in the reception, so head on over.
If hostels and backpacks aren't quite your thing, Airbnb offer some of the best off-season deals, so it's worth checking out!
Gone are the days of travellers cheques and hoarding around wads of cash in foreign currencies. Introducing: Revolut.
A new kind of bank, Revolut's app makes managing your money ridiculously easy and the best bit? They don’t charge for using your card overseas or for taking cash out up to a certain value.
It’s a revolution for the avid traveller.
This might be one of the most important qualities for a budget savvy backpacker to have.
Being able to drop plans and switch things up at the last minute will help you take advantage of deals and opportunities that arise on your travels.
Don’t be tied to your plans.
Walk As Much As Possible
Travel will turn you into a walker. It's a no brainer.
It’s amazing to explore new countries on a moped or by bus, but whenever you can (and especially if you’re in a city), stretch your legs and explore the city!
You’ll burn calories, save a lot of money and see a side of the country you didn't think was possible.