All my life I have thought, Live life without excuses and Travel without regrets. This little mantra has been my friend for the longest time, it is only recently I started implementing the latter. A life full of excuses is no life of mine, I have found ways to maximise my traveling. Online there are so many travel hacks that aim to help you maximise your travels but most require a credit card. The tips in this article are those that I personally use and have helped me to maximise my travels.
Traveling is one thing in life that I am happy to spend money on as it enriches my life in more ways than one. Since I took that first solo trip to Brussels, I can most certainly say I have changed big time. I am a confident enough person by nature but even I needed a lot of courage to travel solo. Traveling abroad on your own is never the easiest thing but once you do it, its exhilarating.
5 Ways to maximise your travels
How do you define travel? Does visiting your own country count as traveling or just a staycation? Personally travel for me is making a journey to somewhere I have never been before. For some be it locally, the next town over or further afield whilst for others it’s anywhere abroad. Regardless of your definition, here are some ways you can maximise your travels. These tips don’t require you to have a credit card, be part of some award program or using air miles.
Join a Travel Challenge
When I started out solo traveling I was super scared but I wanted to travel as much as I could. I had spent almost ten years waiting on someone to come with me and in the end I regretted it. To allow myself not to continue living a life of regret, I joined a travel challenge. I stumbled upon the #Take12Trips travel challenge from a fellow blogger and I knew I had to join it. The idea is to travel at least once a month for 12 months, travel doesn’t need to be abroad it can be local. I took on this challenge and made it one where I traveled abroad once a month and loved it.
Be a local tourist and enjoy Local Adventures
Another way to maximise your travels is to add local adventures to your travels by being a local tourist. Last year I became a member of the National Trust who work to preserve many historical properties in UK. For such a small fee, I have access to multiple properties to visit and it includes free parking which is a bargain. I started traveling locally and exploring all the national trust properties near my home. In 2018 I am hoping to start working my way further afield.
Salisbury Cathedral: I was definitely mesmerized by the beauty of the Cathedral, from the house, the architecture is most impressive. To say the inside is the most beautiful would be an understatement, it took 38 years to complete the main body. ———————————- #salisburycathedral #staycation #throwback #travel #localadventures #uklifestyleblogger #uktraveller #ajulydreamer #adventuretime
Plan ahead with Skycanner
Often people say to me, your flights must be hella expensive with all the traveling you do. In all honestly the most expensive flight I have ever purchased was to South Africa for £555. All the European adventures I go on, I don’t pay more than £15 (winter/Spring/Autumn) and £50 in summer. How? Well, I use Skycanner before I plan any trips plus utilize their ‘EXPLORE’ option. This is where they give you ideas of places you can visit and the cheapest prices available. In January 2018, I purchased a ticket to Toulouse for £4.99 making it less than a tenner return.
Sign up to airline newsletter
I know many people don’t like to be flooded with emails from airlines they probably just used once. But I can not recommend enough signing up to some of these budget airlines and luxury airlines. Every week I receive emails from Ryanair, Easyjet, Wizz Air and Emirates about deals they have ongoing. It is with Ryanair that I am able to find £4.99 tickets to mainland Europe, that is a bargain. With Wizz Air I joined the discount club where I pay £38 a year and get flights as cheap as £7.99. It’s all about doing your research, planning ahead and watching out for these deals.
Search for package deals on Groupon
One thing I always do aside from the aforementioned is checking the daily email from Groupon for deals. I once found a 3-night deal to Milan for £99 included 3∗ hotel plus flights from London Gatwick. Since then I am always in search of great deals for my next adventure and other times I use it for local adventures. You can always rely on Groupon to find some incredible deals for everyone include trips abroad.
And there you have it, 5 ways to maximise your travels without reward cards or air miles. Whilst I do not object to credit rewards or air miles, not everyone can get the cards with the best deals. Not everyone flies often enough to accumulate enough miles for a free trip somewhere. But with my tips, you can definitely start off at home and work your way up.
How do you maximise your travels? Do you have any travel hacks that you would recommend to someone looking to maximise their travels?