Following up on our intro of the new series on travelling affordably, we’re here to give you a few tips on research.
First interesting fact: we love a shared drive spreadsheet. LOVE IT. We’ll use it to plan out our days on our travels and break it down into morning, afternoon and evening, plus breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sure, we know this doesn’t work for everyone and we always make sure to leave a few slots blank, but with always being so determined to make the most of where we’re going, it’s our secret to make sure we get to do all that we want to do.
Having it on a shared drive means we can both always access the most up to date version, make changes and additions at any time and quickly fill any spare time with more planning. We find this directly helps us in saving money too.
Having been to a few notoriously expensive destinations recently (Miami and Mykonos most notably), it would be easy to go in unprepared, run into the nearest tourist trap of a bar and later find that we’ve paid three times more than we needed to for a bog standard exchange. By researching and sharing ideas for weeks in advance, we know where we’re going, where to avoid and how much to expect to pay.
On the note of expensive destinations, we have branched out recently with the mission of doing it on a budget, however the majority of places we’ve been to in the last few years haven’t been like that at all. We are of course so lucky to be in Europe and have so much to see and do on our doorstep, plus having our love/hate relationship with Ryanair makes it possible time and time again. But still, choose wisely and sign up for the Ryanair sale alert emails. The amount of times we’ve spontaneously booked getaways off the back of this is unbelievable.
The one other major tip from us is timing. You may have noticed that in the last two years we have gone away in January, February and March, but not during the summer. Obviously the flights and accommodation are so much cheaper, even if it means that we lose a few degrees and have to take an umbrella. For us, good weather is a bonus whilst being safe in the knowledge that we’re saving money and doing what we love. I guess we’re also quite lucky that our birthdays fall in February and March so any excuse to tick something off the bucket list and we’re on a plane.
Simple as that – no magic tricks involved here, just good old fashioned research and preparation.
Next week we’re covering where to find the best travel deals so let us know if you’ve got anything you want answered before then. If you’ve also got any tips you’d like to share on research or your go to bargain place, let us know in the comments down below.