Sometimes there’s nothing better than a spontaneous trip, especially if you live within a few hours flight of your destination. One of the many reasons people avoid last minute trips is because they can be expensive, but there are a number of things you can do to minimise the costs and ensure you have a fantastic holiday, without destroying your budget. Here are my suggestions:
1) Take the Bus Instead of Flying
I personally find that often traveling in Europe is actually easier and cheaper by land. You might think a plane trip is faster, but when you factor in getting to and from the airport, which is usually quite a way out, to being an hour or two early for checkin, flying takes out a large chunk of your day. Buses, such as iDBUS are cheap, fast and efficient. iDBUS also has WIFI onboard as well, which means you can work while you’re on the bus or just catch up with friends. Check out this hilarious clip from iDBUS below:
2) Consider Hostels or Apartments
If you usually travel in hostels, you might be a bit apprehensive about staying in a hostel or an apartment. In both options, you can book into a private room, so that will give you some of the level of comfort and privacy you’re used to in a hotel, but with a significantly smaller fee. Hostels are a great way to meet people, while apartments still offer a high level of privacy. Both of these options will be quite cost effective, especially if you’re booking last minute.
3) Download the Maps Onto Your Phone
If you’re not going to have working mobile data when you’re visiting, why not download maps onto your phone in advance so you can easily get around? On the same note, unless you want a massive phone bill I suggest you turn off mobile roaming data too! I have heard far too many horror stories about people who have left it on accidentally and
wound up with thousands of pounds in phone bills.
4) Roll With the Punches
When you have less time to plan, there’s more room for error. You might book a last minute trip to somewhere in Europe, only to realise the museum you want to visit is closed on the days you are there. This stuff happens all the time, so be flexible and relaxed and you will enjoy your last-minute trip all the more for it.
Traveling is one of the best experiences you can have and using these simple tips you can make a last minute trip not only affordable, but stress-free too.