Traveling can get really expensive, really fast, if you’re not careful. A day of careless spending when you’re having the time of your life can cut out a large chunk out of your travel budget. You want to experience everything your destination has to offer. But you also do not want to go broke doing it. Lucky for you, there are a few ways to get the best of both worlds. You can cut down on expenses when you travel without actually sacrificing experience. But how to do it?

Tips to cut down on expenses when you travel

Eat your preferred dinner option during the lunch hour

Of course, eating at the best restaurants when you travel is an experience you definitely do not want to miss out on. The problem is, when it comes to cuisine, with popularity usually comes a heavy price-tag. Popular and highly-reviewed restaurants or eateries are often a lot more expensive than the average eating destination. But did you know that most expensive restaurants offer a cheaper lunch option but with almost exactly the same menu? It actually makes sense when you realize why. Most people are either at work or busy during lunch hours that restaurants try their best to fill seats during this off-peak time of the day. And this is why they often offer cheaper lunch menus. Rather than going to that restaurant you’ve always wanted to try during dinner time, save yourself a couple of bucks by having brunch there instead.

Use the cheapest form of transportation

You want to be able to save as much of your money for activities and food experiences when you travel. That’s why it’s best to avoid expensive modes of transportation such as cabs when you want to explore a new place. Try your best to use the cheapest form of transportation, which is most likely what locals use to, to save as much money as possible.

Do group tours

Group tours are specifically created for a cheaper option. A group of people can share the cost of one incredible experience. Which is a better option than having to shoulder all of the expenses on your own. For example, if you’re in a tropical country and want to go island hopping, paying for a boat and a tour guide can be really expensive. But sharing the cost with a few other people, and you’ll still get the same experience, but without the expensive bill.

Always book ahead of time

You will always get the best (and cheapest) deals when you book way ahead of time. The sooner you book an activity, your accommodation, and even a flight ticket, the less expensive it likely will be compared to booking it on the spot.

You don’t have to kill your bank account to have a full experience when you travel. If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to save more on certain things and splurge more on others.