When saving money for your trip you should consider a few things. First what needs to be paid for before you leave. These are usually the most expensive items and include airfares and other travel costs, tours that need to be booked in advance such as Contiki and accommodation. Planning ahead is an important part of your trip and can help you save before you go and keep on budget when you get there. Travel insurance is also a cost you need to consider paying for before you leave. Things such as new clothes and bags also can add up to the things you need to buy before you leave however these can be used not just on your travels so going for more quality pricier items may not be the worst idea.
Secondly budgeting for money you spend on your trip can be tricky as you may not know much about your destination. Doing your research on places you would like to eat and drink can not only save you time when you get there but can help you gain an idea of how much money you will need to budget for per day.
BY doing your research and allowing for some wiggle room in your budget you are able to make sure that money isn’t always on your mind when enjoying your trip!
I recently discovered the concept of free walking tours on a trip to Prague in the Czech Republic. The concept of a free walking tour is that the guide is paid in tips rather than you paying a set rate to go on the tour itself. I had never heard of this before but it sounded like a bargain and it really was. The tour itself was a 3 hour walking tour through the Old Town of Prague and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun. The tour was so good that later we booked a tour that did have a set rate with the same guide (these free tours are a clever marketing campaign also).
Now tours overall are the best way to see a city and know exactly what each building is and significance it has to that culture. Realising that people do travel on a budget which means hiring a personal guide is out of the picture there are cost effective ways out there to still get a great tour experience. Free walking tours are available in a number of European cities including Prague and are something that I recommend for all travellers. It is a good way to get introduced to the city as well as finding a tour group that you are comfortable for potentially more tours during your stay.