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How To Organize And Curtail Travel Expenses

BY SOMREETA MUKHERJEE

As you know, travelling entails a lot of expenses. With accommodation and lodging, food, drinks, air fare, train fare, taxis and amusements, travelling is surely an expensive affair. On top of that, if you take a fancy for lavishness and luxury, those exotic locations, boutique hotels and sumptuous buffets are enough to drill a hole in your pocket! However, even the basic accommodation, transportation and food tend to involve quite a lot of money matters. So, how to organize your funds for travelling in a better way? Check out the best tips to organize and curtail travelling expenses.

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HOW TO ORGANIZE AND CURTAIL TRAVEL EXPENSES: TOP 5 TIPS

  1. SAVE MONEY EVERY MONTH FOR TRAVELLING: Create a separate account where you can save money every month solely for travelling purpose. Whether you formally create a recurring account in the bank or just keep it informal by setting aside a purse where you can deposit cash as per your convenience, save money for travelling religiously every month and make sure you don’t end up spending it for any other purpose. Consider it non-existent save for planning trips. May be 10% or 20% of your hard earned money can be kept aside for this purpose. So, if you earn Rs 20,000 a month (many a middle-class resident of Kolkata earns as much), you can easily set aside Rs 2000 or 4000 every month. This is the first step of organising your travel expenses.
  2. PLAN EARLY: Plan the number of trips you wish to embark on, in course of the year. Plan if you wish to go on a single long trip or two short trips. After that, decide on the destinations. Planning is a very important part of travelling. If you plan early, you can keep an eye for offers on airfare, discounts on hotels and discounted tour packages. Plan your trip well in advance so that you can make the most of any offer that comes your way.
  3. GET YOUR TICKETS AND ACCOMMODATION BOOKED WELL IN ADVANCE: Once you have zoomed in on the destination of your choice, book train tickets or air tickets. If you plan to travel in train, you can book tickets 4 month prior to your journey. If you plan to travel by plane, flight tickets can be booked even 5 or 6 months in advance. Sometimes, some of the air tickets come as cheap as 3-AC train tickets if bought during phases of promotional offers or 5 to 6 months in advance. For the best hotels at discounted rates, opt for packages available with the sites offering coupons for the same. Some of the best known hotels and resorts often have tie-ups with such sites as Groupon; naturally, you get to stay at the best hotels at best deals possible.
  4. TRY TRAVELLING WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY: While touring across the world with your husband is a great way to add a romantic touch to your trips, travelling with close friends or family can be fun as well as cost effective. The more the merrier! Moreover, it helps you feel more secured at places unknown. At the same time, you get to share the transportation costs as well as the sightseeing fares. The cost per head tends to get lower, especially in hill stations, where the cars charge quite a lot.
  5. CARRY DRY FOOD ITEMS AND SNACKS: Food is a major head under the expenditure column. Try curtailing the cost by carrying adequate dry food items and fruits like cashews, almonds, raisins, apples, oranges, grapes, bananas, homemade cakes, muffins, cookies, biscuits and bread. Not only can you munch on them on the go, but you can always bank on them during times of crisis as well as to enable you to spend less on elaborate meals. While breakfasts can be complimentary and dinners sumptuous, keep the lunch as well as evening snacks healthy and cost effective. Carrying food items is a good idea after all!

 

Feed your passion for travelling by chalking out plans and managing the funds properly. After all, nothing is more satisfying than getting to travel to your heart’s content and yet not going overboard with the budget!

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