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Thursday, November 15, 2018

How To Book A Budget Trip To Indonesia

One of the most common misconceptions about travelling is that it is always super expensive. With ridiculous flight prices, pricey accommodation and spending money - it all starts to add up right? 

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The great thing about travel is that it is what you make it. If you learn the tips and tricks of the trade then it doesn’t have to be expensive at all. In fact, you may be surprised at how inexpensive it may be. 

One of the most affordable destinations - if done right - is actually Indonesia. From the beautiful beaches in Bali to the bustling city of Jakarta, you could enjoy a it all on a budget

To help you book your dream trip to Indonesia on a budget, I’ve but together 8 of my best tips and tricks. 

  1. Book Well In Advance

If you’re planning your trip to Indonesia well in advance, booking it as soon as possible is one of the best ways to save yourself some money. 

Flights go on sale 11 months before they fly, and sold on a class basis, making the day they go live the ideal time to get them booked up. Whilst this may not always be possible, the sooner you can book the better. 

The same applies to accommodation, the closer it gets to the date you’re booking for, the more expensive it becomes.

    2. Travel Out Of Season

During the summer Indonesia is more expensive to travel too as it’s the easiest time for people travel, and has the best weather! 

If you’re able to travel at any time, avoid any unnecessary costs by travelling just outside of the main season. You still get the benefits of the great weather at the same time as saving on both flights and accommodation. Indonesia is also much quieter during this time, making it so much more enjoyable. 

    3. Be Flexible On Dates

Although not everyone is able to do this, being flexible on your dates could make a huge difference when it comes to cost. Try looking at several different dates, weighing up which options are the most feasible. 

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   4. Shop Around For Flights

There are lots of different flight providers that fly into Indonesia, so try shopping around when it comes to booking your flights. You may find that there are huge discrepancies between different airlines, saving you from spending unnecessary money on a flight. Sites like Skyscanner and Kayak do all the hard work for you, showing you all of the available flights from your chosen airport. 

   5. Do Your Research

Before you travel, looking into the average price of things will give you a good idea of how much the entire trip is going to cost you. Use websites like Tripadvisor to find restaurants you may like to visit and read the reviews to find out roughly how much they cost. Having this knowledge will help when it comes to putting together a budget. 

   6. Budget Spending Money In Advance

Having a budget in mind for each day will allow you to plan well in advance the things you want to do. Failing to budget runs the risk of you running out of money before your trip is over, however if you have one in place you’re more likely to go home with a little extra. 

The recommended amount of spending per day is $30 - $50, as living costs are much cheaper in Asia than they are here in America. If you’re planning on doing activities and excursions, you may need to budget a little bit extra. 

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   7. Book Activities When You Get There

Although it may seem like a good idea to book excursions and activities through travel providers before you travel, they’re actually much cheaper to book once you get there. For example, snorkeling in Bali could cost as much as $60 when booked in advance, but when booked using a tour provider on the beach it is as little as $10. These kind of savings could be the difference between being able to stay an extra few nights. 

   8. Stay In A Hostel Or Home Stay

Booking accommodation in Indonesia can be a little overwhelming when you don’t know what you’re looking for, however, the most affordable options have proven to be hostels or home stays. Hostels are great if you’re travelling solo and looking to meet new people, whereas home stays may be a little bit more luxury (without the cost). If you’re lucky, you may even end up in a stunning villa like the Villa Di Bandung

Have you ever been to Indonesia? What are your budget friendly tips? Let me know in the comment section below!

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