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6 travel hacks to help you spread out your travel budget in 2023

In the mood to travel? Make the most of your next getaway with these simple travel tips

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By IOL | March 9, 2023 | Travel Leisure

According to various studies, taking holidays and planning time out from work is great for your mental health, lowers stress levels, increases motivation and is just good for overall health.

A report by the World Health Organization noted that there was a 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying of heart disease if you work for 55 hours or more per week. The moral of this story is, you might need a break from work.

Of course, travel needs planning and a budget, and in life there’s nothing that’s impossible. Right?

If you are worried about the cost of a holiday, here are six travel hacks to help you afford the holiday that you dream of.

Stay outside the main hub

While the city centre may be where you want to be, it’s well known that these areas are often more expensive when it comes to accommodation. Instead, opt for suburbs that are close by and easily accessible using ride-sharing apps and reliable public transport systems.

Find events and menus that have a set budget

While it’s common to arrive at restaurants extremely hungry, a great trick to avoid overspending is to have a small meal at home before going out to eat. This way you are less likely to want to order everything on the menu, and stick to a budget.

Don’t follow influencers, follow hashtags

Influencers, while we all have our favourites, are often paid to promote certain restaurants, bars, wines and more. Instead of listening to some of your top influencers and who they may or may not be paid to promote, follow popular hashtags for your area of choice instead.

For example, if you are travelling to New York, follow #iloveNYC for an array of different things to do in and around the Big Apple. Not only are many of these posts by NYC locals or residents, but they often offer a look into free and cheap things in the city.

Look up the “Free things to do” list

Speaking of free and cheap things to do, every destination has a “free things to do” list that either a tourism body, a local blogger or an international traveller has created.

Google these lists and find the activities that work for you and your holiday schedule. You will be surprised at the things you find on the list, from free walking tours of big cities to unique museum tours that you can do on even the smallest of budgets.

Join rewards programmes

For discounts and more, you should definitely consider joining a rewards programme of sorts.

Hotel groups often have rewards programmes that offer various benefits depending on your programme level.

Volunteer for free accommodation

Did you know that there are places in the world you can go to volunteer in order to get free accommodation? The work that you will need to do varies from working in animal sanctuaries to helping out at schools.

These opportunities also allow you to use your holiday time to give back to various communities and support various causes around the world.

These are just a few ideas that will help stretch your travel budget this year – leaving you more money to spoil yourself in other meaningful ways or giving you the ability to truly treat yourself when in another city.

Written by ZamaNdosi Cele

This article originally appeared on IOL