Travel can be expensive, especially with fuel prices sitting as high as they currently are. Unlike other expenses, like home renovation, the cost of travel isn’t something that can be put off until after you’ve saved for it: to get from place to place, you need to travel. So, why not consider a few different ways to limit the costs and get saving some money?
Money saving tips for car journeys
There are a number of strategies for reducing your fuel consumption in a car. You might drive more slowly, since this reduces the energy you waste in braking. You might shift gears early, avoid idling at traffic lights, and turn off the air conditioning, too.
You might also shop around for your fuel. You don’t need to literally travel to several stations every time – find a means of tracking the fuel prices online, and go out of your way only when it makes sense to do so. It’s also worth sharing a car whenever possible – this can be a great way of saving money and also beneficial for the environment. Win win? If you can set up a carpooling scheme with colleagues, you’ll save money in the long-term.
Money saving tips for train journeys
Rail passengers don’t have any direct say in how the trains are actually operated – but that doesn’t meant that they can’t save money by looking around for the best deals. Travelling off-peak, when the demand is lower, usually means that you’ll be able to negotiate a discount. You might also pay less when you buy in bulk – which means that a railcard or a season ticket will tend to pay for itself in the long-term.
If you’re planning a trip to an unfamiliar place by train, then it’s worth investigating your options. Several of the most popular routes in the country can be accessed at a discount, if you know where to shop. On the other hand, the route that you travel more often is the one that you should be most concerned about, since this is where the savings will multiply.
Go by bike
The most inexpensive and environmentally-friendly form of transport is undoubtedly walking. But a close second is cycling, which allows travellers to cover vastly more ground in a short space of time. You’ll need to spend a little bit of money up-front to get the best from this particular activity, but in the long-term you’ll pay a lot more than if you’d driven everywhere. Best of all, you can often take your bicycle onto a train.