How to Save Money for your Trip to India


Are you planning a visit to India ?. Then this article gives you some important tips which may help to save your money while you are making a trip to India.

Yes, traveling can be expensive. In fact, one of the top reasons Americans avoid international travel altogether is because, based on what they've seen on TV, it's impossible on a five figure income. However, international travel doesn't have to break the bank and is actually accessible to just about anyone with a little planning and preparation.

If you're planning a trip to India, you probably already know that there's so much to consider to ensure that you'll have a safe and exciting time. Cost of transportation, where to stay, what to do, where to eat are all some of the things you'll need to assess before you start spending on your vacation abroad.

There are a ton of ways to save and make money to give you the best possible experience on your trip. Here are just a few that you may not have considered.

Set Your Budget

And stick to it. This is the most crucial step of the process, which is why it's mentioned first. Start with research and determine how much you plan to spend. What is the average cost of a hotel in India? How long will you be staying and how many meals should you plan for? Once you've completed this very important step, you're ready to start working toward affordability.

Invite a Travel Buddy

Inviting someone on your trip abroad will nearly cut your costs in half off the bat. You can easily split the cost of lodging in half which, in India, can mean the difference of using a squat toilet in your hotel and having access to clean sheets and towels. From there, you have the option of splitting food, cab fare and sharing some items to cut down on luggage weight.

Start Thrifting

Chances are you probably have more things than you actually need. But on those rare occasions when you do actually need to add another item to your household collection, consider stopping by your nearest Goodwill or other local second-hand store. When you go, take your time sifting through the different sections. It won't be a quick sweep like Target.

Eat at Home

Did you know the average American spends $3,008 on eating out each year? That's a huge blow to your yearly income and your potential travel budget. Start buying groceries and start cooking at home.

If you're living with a roommate, cook together and consider splitting the grocery bill in half. If you're living alone, there are still ways to cut costs. Alternate cooking dinner with a good friend or neighbor to cut back on spending.

And if you're really ready to channel your inner money-saver, shop exclusively at your nearest Aldi or Lidl for the lowest prices in groceries.

Save on Utilities

How often do you watch your cable? Does your A.C. actually need to be set to 68 degrees while you sleep? Is it worth paying for high-speed wifi or are you really only using 1-2 devices at a time?

With these things in mind, you may be able to cut back on all the monthly payments you're making in one way or another. Give your wifi company a call and ask if they're currently offering any deals or promotions. Cancel your cable and switch to Netflix or Hulu at $8 per month. Cancel your Spotify premium subscription and deal with the ads. You'd be amazed at how quickly your monthly payments add up.

Prepare to Bargain

If you want souvenirs at the most fair price you can get, you'll need to learn how to bargain before arriving to India. Consider helpful tips such as making offers on one item at a time or suggesting 70% off their suggested price. If you're not quite ready to bargain the way they do in India, then commit to walking in fixed-price stores only.

Move Back Home

For some of us, moving back home sounds like the worst thing you can do as an adult. But as you look further into your budget and compare it to your income, it will start to look more and more appealing. Even if your parents charge rent, chances are it won't be as high of a price as you're already paying. Plus, this just gives you more people to split the grocery bill with.

Sell Your Car

Talk about a way to make big money, quick. If you decide to stay in the city or that's where your family resides, consider selling your car to get your savings up and running. It's good for the environment to commute to work on your bike. You'll learn to appreciate the fresh air after visiting the most polluted country in the world.

Become a Freelancer

There are tons of businesses and individuals that could use your skills and manpower. Pick up a freelance gig and market yourself through a website like Fiverr. Chances are the skills you're using at your established day job would be pretty useful to a business trying to get off the ground.

Traveling is Worth the Hassle

We bet you'd agree - paying for an experience is so much more rewarding than paying for food and things. With these helpful hints in mind, saving for your excursion will be a breeze and you'll be on your way to planning your next one in no time.


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