How To Visit An Expensive City On A Budget

Don’t plan on going anywhere overseas? Want to stay in the country but still want to experience some of the best that travel has to offer? Staycations can be a perfect way to do just that, especially if you’re hitting up some of the best cities in the country, will all of their nightlight, attractions, and day trips.

Of course, you’re likely to have a budget that you want to stick to, but you might not exactly want to deprive yourself. To that end, here are a few tricks and tips that can help you keep those costs down.


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Check out what passes the city offers

A good city recognizes the importance of tourism and, as a result, will do what they can to help you save money while you’re enjoying the sights. Known as sightseeing passes, travel passes, or tourism passes, these are effectively cards that you can buy ahead of time that will offer you a discount on a wide range of attractions, and transport options, as well as exclusive discounts for shopping centres and the like. You want to do your research ahead of time to make sure that you’re getting passes for things that you actually want to see and do, but they can offer great value.

Coupon hunt like your life depends on it

There are almost always deals to be found on the internet. If you’re planning to do any local shopping or you find a service that you want to make use of, then you should use the tools available on the internet to do just that. There are savings apps and extensions you can install that will automatically apply what coupon codes they can find, for instance, but you should also look at sites that can offer free stuff and deep discounts for you to browse through. You can even do some planning around what discounts you can find, so you’re largely spending on the things you know you can get savings for.

Play a little trick on hotels and accommodation

If you’re planning to book some accommodation like a BNB or a hotel, did you know that it benefits you to pretend that you’re currently in the city you’re looking to book in? Accommodation businesses will often automatically jack up the price for potential bookers who are out of the city while keeping it lower for people who are already close to where they are, aiming to capitalize on those nearest to them who are more likely to need accommodation, then and there. To that end, you use a virtual private network (or VPN) to set your online location to the city that you’re looking to stay in and, hey presto, lower prices on a lot of accommodation options.

Visit during the low season

Not only will you save a heap on airfare simply because airlines are in lower demand during the offseason. You will also be able to experience your fav cities without the crowds! And fewer crowds means no lines and most hotels also offer lower prices in the off-season.

Make sure that you always budget enough to enjoy your trip, even if you don’t get to enjoy all of the savings you plan for. It’s good to find those savings, no doubt, but you don’t want to be caught short of cash when you find out that you can’t, always.