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It’s coming to the end of the year and you’re thinking of that long-awaited getaway that you’ve been meaning to have. But for most of us out there, travelling is a costly affair. So here are some tips you can follow to spend smart and save when making your travel plans.
EXPLORE LOCAL TRAVEL EXPERIENCES
Regarded as one of the most romantic destinations in the world, Maldives is in the bucket list for many travellers as well as one of the best locations for snorkelling and diving. It is the perfect place for a tranquil getaway or for those with a thirst for marine life discovery.
Photo from: Adventoro
But what if there’s a place so similar, that is close to home? That’s right, the photos above are not of Maldives but Kapalai Dive Resort at Sipadan! You can enjoy packages such as a 3D2N stay with accommodation, transport, meals and snorkelling for as low as RM1,950 per pax at YOLO Diving! Save more for your trip by paying only RM585 upfront and the rest via instalments using myIOU 😉
GET THE BEST OUT OF THE EXCHANGE RATE
If you simply want a change in scenery and to explore other cultures, then you can start planning your trip early. Many of us have been there…browsing through flight prices far in advance to get the best deal before planning the trip. But did you know that you can also save quite a fair bit by planning your currency exchange early? The exchange rate fluctuates frequently, if you have a trip planned in advance, keep a close watch in the months to come and you may be able to stock up on the currency at rates that are most favourable.
TRAVEL DURING OFF SEASON
Photo from: Mikey Blog
We don’t have to tell you this…But of course you will be saving a lot more if you opt to travel during off-peak seasons. Some travellers shared that they manage to save up to 70% in accommodation and flights during off season! Not only that, there would also be less queues and crowds. Imagine Disneyland rides, but without having to queue in line for hours!
A lot of research and planning is needed to choose the right destination as you wouldn’t want to be trapped on an island during the monsoon season. But as a start, you can avoid planning your trips around public and school holidays.
If you’re looking to gear up for your next travel adventure, check out Go Travel Outdoor as they have an extensive range of products that are best catered for the frequent traveller ranging from travel bags, accessories, outdoor gear and many more!
AND LASTLY, ALWAYS KEEP A BUDGET FOR EMERGENCIES
We often tend to spend more than we planned for during trips. It’s always good to keep a cap on the daily budget you have for each day of your trip so you don’t end up spending everything before the trip ends. You can also opt to pay by instalments for your shopping prior to the trip so that you don’t max out on your monthly budget after the trip. Always keep some spare cash for emergencies and unpredictable encounters!