Solo travel is a rising trend: According to a recent survey by BookYogaRetreats.com of more than 300 travelers, 51 percent of the respondents plan on taking their next trip alone. And travel agents seem to be a thing of the past, too: Only 6.25 percent say they will be using a travel agent!
If you’ve always dreamed of joining those intrepid solo travelers, don’t let worries about money stop you. We here at Piggy have made it our mission to help you save a lot on every aspect of your backpacking adventure. With that in mind, keep reading for six ways to save big as you plan your next solo travel trip.
1. Make Piggy Your Best Friend
Booking a trip to Thailand via Priceline or Orbitz? Save as much as 60 percent and 45 percent on hotels, respectively. Need a great book to keep you company as you travel? Save 15 percent at Barnes & Noble. Shopping for a backpack to carry your stuff? You can score another 3 percent cash back from Sierra Trading Post. You get the idea: Installing Piggy is like saying “Yes, please!” to free money.
You might already know that weekends are the most expensive time to fly; midweek flights are usually much cheaper. But if you really want the best deals, you should start watching fares three months in advance for domestic flights, or five months in advance for international flights.
3. Pack Light
Traveling light is the best way to reduce stress and back pain, but that’s not all: It can also save you a lot of money in oversize or overweight luggage fees.
4. Embrace the Hostel Experience
If you stay in hostels, your bed may cost just 5 to 10 percent as much as a hotel room. You can save even more by cooking instead of eating out, and sharing rides and meals with other hostelers (just make sure to be safe!).
5. Guide Your Own Tours
Thanks to the magic of online review sites and travel apps, you can almost always DIY a trip to the very same sites for a fraction of the cost of booking a tour. All it takes is a little research and planning.
6. Carry a Repair Kit
Unexpected expenses always crop up when you travel, but you can minimize them by carrying a small repair kit to address any gear failures. Duct tape, superglue, a small sewing kit, a few safety pins, and a length of cordage are all you need to fix almost anything on the road.
Author Mandy Hale had it right when she wrote, “There are some places in life where you can only go alone. Embrace the beauty of your solo journey.” And we here at Piggy can’t wait to hear about your next big adventure. Let us know what your savings have helped you do!