The costs associated with traveling are constantly rising and can be a huge strain on your finances. From flights going to and from holidays to fuel costs for your cars, the expense of getting from A to B is becoming ridiculous.
If you are looking for ways to tighten your travel budget, there are a few ideas you could consider.
Whilst many people find public transport an inconvenient way of traveling, there has been a lot of investment in the various transportation systems over recent years. If you haven’t been on a train, bus, underground/subway etc. in recent years, then you might be pleasantly surprised with the current facilities and services.
Using public transport can work out much cheaper than driving a car, and you may even find it a more relaxing experience. Depending on how busy your road or line is, you may be able to sit back, read or even catch up on some work on your laptop. In the end, you could end up getting a lot more time back in your day, rather than sitting in traffic or finding parking spaces.
If you are looking to commute to work, you can get great cheap discounts by buying annual, monthly or weekly tickets, as opposed to daily ones. Check out the websites of your local transport companies for further information on prices and compare it to the cost of fuel, parking, vehicle wear and tear, tax etc.
Learning to drive
If public transport isn’t a realistic option for you and you need to get around by car, then learning to drive can be an expensive process. Make sure you don’t pay over the odds for driving instructors by shopping around and asking for quotes. Ask if they do any discounts for bulk lessons, and ask people for recommendations on good value instructors who they trust.
You can also make large savings by getting someone to help you to practice in between lessons. As long as you learn the basics from a qualified instructor, you should be able to practice what they teach you with the supervision of a competent driver sat beside you. This should help reduce the number of lessons that you will require in total. When preparing for your theory test, don’t apply for the test without preparing properly. Retaking the test will cause further cost, so prepare well, using a free driving theory practice test.
Book tickets in advance
When booking flights or train tickets, it can sometimes work out a lot cheaper if you book in advance or if you can be flexible with the dates of your travel. Use comparison tools on websites to work out the cheapest day to travel.
Even if you’re not keen on exercise, the amount of money you can save by swapping your fuel costs for a bike has got to be tempting. Even a short walk instead of taking the car will give you some significant savings, so always challenge yourself and ask if there is a cheaper way to get there.