We are lucky to be looking at a future where there are almost no boundaries – both physically & metaphorically. All thanks to advancements in technology and the growing interdependence among countries, I would like to believe that our generation is fortunate enough to have lived in this modern-day era of technology.
(Disclaimer: This is a personal blog. My views and opinions as a graduate student of International Relations is found in my essays published in a different platform. I do acknowledge that the concept of “borderless world” is still a hotly-debated issue amongst us.)
Traveling abroad today is made easier and cheaper than it was years ago. The first time I booked tickets to Japan (that was 2016), the roundtrip airfare tickets have cost me Php 14,500!!! Just today, I saw roundtrip airfare tickets for only Php 6,000!!! IMAGINE the savings I could have had if I waited patiently enough to book that trip to the North!
Good thing though, through the years, I’ve learned to save money on my travels and here’s how I do it:
Tip No. 1: Book your airlines tickets in advance
When I say “advance”, I don’t mean like 1 year+ advance. Based on my experience, buying tickets 4-8 months before my travel date gives out the maximum savings possible, compared to when I book for the last minute, like 1-2 months prior or when I search for airfares 1 year in advance.
And there’s actually a study on this! According to CheapAir, “Sometime around 225 days out (seven and a half months), on average, fares started to drop and by 104 days out (three and a half months) they had fallen to within $10 of their low point. From there they continued to drop, slowly but steadily, until reaching a low 54 days before departure. After 54 days, fares started to climb again, remaining within $10 of that low until 29 days out. Then, the increase began to accelerate and once you were within 14 days the fares really shot up dramatically.”
Whether or not this is true to all cases, the smartest thing to do is plan your trip ahead of time, and this includes buying your tickets in advance.
Tip No. 2: Wait for Piso Fares and Seat Sales
Hello hello to piso fare abangers out there. You’re doing the right thing! Obviously, you’ll save a lot when you wait for one time big time Piso Fares and Seat Sales by our favorite local airlines.
How to do it best?
Turn your notifications on for updates and announcements as to any upcoming sales. Be active online.
During the sale, book during the wee hours (4am-5am). This is usually the time when our fellow abangers are asleep for work or school the next morning.
Use an incognito window to your browser when booking.
Lastly, be flexible as to the travel dates. Grab any seats which are WITHIN your preferred travel date although not exactly what you have in mind. When you see a promo fare, more often than not, that seat will only last for less than an hour. So grab it as fast as you can.
Tip No. 3: Travel in Groups
Whenever possible, travel with your friends or family especially when you’re tight on a budget. This way, you could divide the expenses in accommodation, food, and tours amongst yourselves. Also, travel agencies usually give out discounts for those traveling in groups. So, better invite your friends to your dream destination. The more the merrier, right?
Tip No. 4: Book using Travel Discount Apps
For Accommodation/Hotels: Agoda
When I travel solo, I usually book for hostels to save money. Believe me, hostels in Asia are safe and actually of quality standard. It’s also the top choice of other solo travelers out there, so there’s a chance you’ll make a new friend abroad. But there’s more! Guess what I love most about hostels? FREE BREAKFAST!!! Haha! Yup, most of them provides free buffet breakfast – includes your usual p&b sandwich, pancakes, cereals, unli coffee and tea! Way better than breakfast in hotels. No kidding.
You can find your next hotel using the search dialog box below.
For Activities/Transportation/Others: Klook
I like booking through the Klook app. Aside from the thousands of activities to choose from, they usually offer tickets for…let’s say to Disneyland, at a much lower rate than buying it from the actual ticketing office. And because it’s done online, you’ll get to avoid the long lines. So many perks right?
As giveaway to my lovely readers out there, here are some promo codes for that next trip of yours. Just search your destination or activity through the search box below and type the following codes before check-out.
PHP200 OFF to any Philippine Destinations: <LOCALTRIP>
HKD10 OFF to any Hong Kong Activities: <MOBILE10>
PHP 350 OFF to any Singapore Activities: <CHASESG>
Enjoy the huge savings!
Tip No. 5: Budget your trip
This is the most important money-saving tip that works for me well. When I travel, I only bring with me the exact amount (in the country’s local currency) I need for my trip. This is to avoid overspending and splurging beyond my means.
For emergency though, I bring an extra Philippine Peso (PHP) with me just in case something happens. I prefer cash over ATM/credit cards because the latter charges fee for every transaction. At least, when I have an extra cash with me, although it’s in PHP, I could have it exchanged in any money changer outlets.
So there you have it! I hope I was able to help! Those are some of the travel tips I figured/discovered in my few years of traveling. I still have a lot to learn and I’d be more than happy to share it with all of you guys!!! So, stay tuned.