Fall is just around the corner, which means if you haven’t had the time to get out into the great outdoors or out on the water for a much-needed vacay, now is the time to do it. Of course, not everyone can travel the way they want to, especially when much of the world is still closed due to COVID-19.
Fortunately, there are still a few ways you can travel safely this summer while sticking to a budget. Here are a few tips you can use to soak up some sun while the weather’s still warm.
Simple Tips for Safely Traveling on a Budget
Take a Road Trip Around Your State
Just because you can’t break out your passport doesn’t mean you can’t travel at all. One great way to travel safely while also sticking to a budget is by taking a road trip around your own state. Hop in the car with a few destinations in mind and see where the road takes you. Up to 71% of people often look at the messages on roadside billboards, and you’d be surprised by the whacky and wonderful things your local neighborhoods and roadside attractions have to offer.
Book an Airbnb
If you’re looking to stay somewhere nice while you’re traveling, but you’re worried about your safety with COVID-19. According to the company website, Airbnb hosts are committed to your peace of mind and are dedicated to taking cleaning procedures and COVID-19 safety seriously. Just be sure to do your research and be wary of scammers since Internet crime, which is when fraudsters use the Internet to scam consumers, has been on the rise since 2020. Even Amazon had to recently fend off a DDoS attack so be wary of booking sites that look fishy.
Pack a Vacation Capsule Wardrobe
One major (and unexpected) cost of traveling is baggage fees. If you plan to fly during your vacation, consider packing a vacation capsule wardrobe that will help narrow down how much you need to pack and bring with you. If you run out of essentials like travel toothpaste or you forget Aspirin or Ibuprofen, you can always check out local convenient stores on your trip.
Use Public Transport
While it might seem more convenient to grab an Uber to and from different destinations while you’re traveling, ridesharing services can get expensive real quick. A $15 ride might not seem like much in the moment, but by the time you’re ready to head home after your vacation, your credit card bill might be more than scary. To help cut down on travel costs during your vacation, consider using public transport to get around. Use Google Maps to figure out your local bus schedule or check out the subway. Not only will you save money, but you can also feel safer knowing you’re not putting your luggage into a stranger’s car.
With summer coming to a close, now is the best time to get out there and travel. Be sure to consider the tips above to keep yourself safe and to help keep your budget on point.