Information provided from a press release by Schofields Ltd. This post contains sponsored links.
I recently got into solo traveling. As a single person, the prospect of traveling by myself is exciting, but at the same time, costs can increase quite substantially, because you don't have anyone to share them with. Sad times.
However, there are a few ways you can reduce the extra costs associated with solo travel. Hopefully, these suggestions will help your money stretch just a bit further!
Use public transportation as often as you can
Getting taxis by yourself is one of the most money-draining travel activities. From my own experience, I don't think I've ever gotten a taxi in a foreign country and NOT gotten ripped off. It's a sad reality. Nowadays, I research the public transport system of the place I'm visiting before going (especially the route for getting from the airport to my accommodation). I know, it takes a lot more effort, but it turns out so much cheaper (usually around 10x!!).
Take advantage of the sharing economy
Book rooms through Airbnb and similar sites instead of opting for hotels. According to research by Schofields UK, 74% of UK-based solo travelers (1000 participants) chose Airbnb to avoid being charged extra fees, such as the single occupancy supplement.
Hostels are also popular with solo travelers (I know because I'm a huge hostel fan), and 29% of those surveyed said that they chose to stay at a hostel because it was the cheaper option.
So next time, when booking accommodation, take into account that there are other options besides hotels! I know that hostels used to have a reputation for being dingier and dirtier than hotels, but the recent increase in solo and budget travel has lead to a massive improvement in the quality of hostels. I myself have stayed in super cool ones (like the one I mention in my post about Barcelona)!
Both plane tickets and accommodation are likely to be cheaper during the off-season when kids are in school and when the weather isn't at its absolute best. I say absolute best because you can still find great places where it's warm, but not crazy hot.
Find travel mates on the way
One of the perks of traveling by yourself is that you're likely to make new friends on the journey. Maybe it'll be the person sitting next to you on the plane, or your Airbnb neighbour? You'll gain a new travel buddy (they're likely to be from a different country, so you can go visit them on your next trip!), and someone to share costs with! Win-win:)
Don't eat out at restaurants too often
I know, I should take my own advice, shouldn't I? 😛 But then, you wouldn't get all the yummy food reviews from all over the world on my blog! But seriously, though, I know how much money I spend on delicious restaurants abroad... This is an added advantage to renting an Airbnb, that it usually comes with a kitchen!
You could buy cheaper groceries from the supermarket and make your own lunches, then go out for dinners. Or, if you don't have a kitchen, you can make sandwiches for lunch. Either way, food is a way to save a lot of money when you're on holiday.
Find free activities
This also requires a bit more effort, but it's worth it! Nowadays, every city has free activities such as free walking tours and other entertainment. Don't fall for the tourist traps! This is especially true for solo travelers because groups can get group discounts that us lone travelers can't get, unfortunately.
Solo travel is pretty great. If you don't believe me, take a look at the 5 best things about solo travel and be convinced!;)
Nevertheless, maybe it does require some more research and planning beforehand to avoid extra costs. But once you've got that sorted out, nothing will stand in the way of your lovely solo trip! Have fun:)
To find out more, check out this article as well.
Hope you enjoyed this post, if so, you know what to do!