Your gap is all about experiencing new things, embracing different cultures and expanding your horizons. That doesn’t mean that you can’t still do it in still and enjoy a little luxury while on your travels. If you’re on a gap year though, chances that you’re a student and your funds are pretty low. So, is there are way to travel in still with needing a trust fund to finance it? Luckily for you the answer is yes, so let’s take a look at some ways you can gap year in style by just thinking a bit smarter about your trip.
Make Lunchtime Awesome
Lots of gap year travellers just assume that they can’t afford to eat out in nice restaurants. That might be true for evening meals, but you can still go to the same top end restaurants at lunchtime and you will find that the prices are much lower and usually you get the same amount of food. So, dine like a celebrity at lunchtime and then stick to beans on toast in the evenings.
Become a Linguist
This is probably the most overlooked strategy for finding the best deals and prices when travelling on your gap year. If you learn the local language before your trip, then you can search for cheap accommodation and deals that are being advertised in local papers and Facebook groups. They will often be a lot cheaper than you will find advertised in travel guides and information being aimed at tourists.
Cut Out the Booking Agent
Booking agents have to make a profit from their customers and they do this by adding their fee on top of the cost of the flights and accommodation. Of course, you are paying for their service but with all the technology available to us today it really doesn’t take that long to find great deals for yourself. By doing this you will be able to save yourself a big chunk of change that can be used for eating out or even staying somewhere a bit nicer.
There’s nothing that says VIP more than strolling through the airport without having any luggage to worry about. This will save you a lot of hassle and stress, not to mention those dreaded extra baggage fees. Companies like Uni Baggage will pick up your bags at your house and ship them ahead to your accommodation. This is often cheaper than checking in all your luggage and just picture how good it will feel when you walk straight past the baggage carousel after your flight.
Hit the Lounge
There seems to be the assumption that airport lounges are off-limits to us normal folks, that their only for the rich and important people. This couldn’t be further from the truth, in fact it often works out cheaper to pay to be in the airport lounge, how you ask? Well airport lounge access is usually around £18-£20 per person and for that you will get complimentary drinks, newspapers, magazines and nibbles which would all add up to more if you were to buy them in the terminal. Plus, you get the added bonus of comfy seats and a chilled-out VIP atmosphere.
Do Your Homework
The more research and preparation work you do before your trip the higher chance you will have of finding great deals. This will allow you to have all the experiences you want on your trip without having to shell out a fortune for them. There are lots of money-saving and promotion websites and apps available whose sole purpose is to find your luxury accommodation, treatments, experiences and vouchers all for a fraction of the price it would cost if you were to wait until you arrived to book them.
Skip the Hotels
Staying in expensive hotels is a sure-fire way to burn through your budget in no time. Instead think a bit smarter and look for ads from people who are looking to rent out a single room in their house or even a family wanting someone to house-sit for them for a couple of months. This way you will have all the comforts and luxury of home living at a fraction of the cost. If you are travelling with friends, then it makes sense to club together and book a place together as often it will be cheaper to rent a luxury apartment between four than it would to pay rent on your own or stay in a single hotel room.