Every once in a while, everyone deserves to take a break and go on a new adventure. However, for most people, that may seem like a dream due to their financial situation. But, that should not stop you, because you can always plan a holiday that’s within your means. If you plan your finances accordingly, you can go on any trip you put your mind to. So, if you’re interested in travelling to Mumbai on a budget, read these savvy travel tips below.

Start saving ahead of time  

By now, you might have searched all the reasons to visit Mumbai. But before the excitement takes you over the edge, you may want to think things through. This is especially important if you are on a shoestring budget because you have to start saving with a purpose.  Saving money may seem challenging, but once you have a goal in sight, it becomes exciting, fulfilling and easier to attain. You need to use that as your motivation and set a travel date. Having a date helps set things in motion and makes the idea seem more realistic. When that has been sorted, you need to start planning and finding out the price for flights and accommodation. Those are the two most fundamental things you need to plan when travelling. This will give you an idea of how much you will need to save for those necessities. Although food is also a necessity, that can be added to your budget at a later stage. Once travel and living expenses are sorted, this is when you need to think about the amount of money you will need for food, entertainment and souvenirs. When saving, keep in mind that this is where most of your money needs to go while you’re in the city of dreams.

Travel out of season 

An effective way of not going over your budget is by travelling out of season This; however, is more than just a budget-friendly tip. Travelling during the off-season is also fantastic if you're someone who doesn't enjoy being in overcrowded areas.  During the off-season, most tourists aren't travelling because of the weather conditions during that time. This; however, will allow you to travel for less and you’re able to explore the city without being around many tourists. Although it is always a pleasure to meet other travellers, it’s also great to have some alone time in a new destination. Who knows, you might meet some interesting locals and make friendships that can last you a lifetime. So, whenever you plan on travelling, always think about when you would like to travel.

Pack in everything you may need 

For this tip, you need to be cautious because you do not want to end up having to pay extra for baggage fees. But this does not mean you shouldn’t pack in all your essentials.  These essential items include your cellphone charger, face cloth and toiletries. Although they may seem like items you won’t necessarily forget, there is a chance you might leave them behind. If you want to be savvy, then it is in your best interest to pack in almost everything you will need for Mumbai. This will prevent you from spending money on unnecessary items. You should also shy away from purchasing a large number of clothes, as this can drain your cash flow fast. If you see something you like, always ask yourself how often you will wear it. Or give yourself a day to decide if you really want it. Although you may want to stock up on clothes and souvenirs from your trip, always remember to stick to your set budget and live within your means. You can create lasting memories without hurting your wallet. 

Consider walking as a transport alternative

Although it may seem terrifying to walk around in an unfamiliar, populated city, it is one of the most satisfying ways to explore and can be a memorable experience. Among the million people walking about, you can find a few new friends that can make your trip even more unforgettable. It is also a cost-effective way to travel around the city. And you might end up seeing unexpected gems in Mumbai when walking by the Gateway of India. 

Opt for street foods

Although you may love the idea of having lunch in hotels in Mumbai, chances are you will end up spending more than you had intended. Rather walk around and try out street foods. Not only will the food taste just as good, but it will also be at a lower price. However, just because you want to be frugal, that doesn’t mean you cannot treat yourself. You can spoil yourself by having one meal at a fancy restaurant, but always keep your budget in mind.