Who needs a fat bank account to have a good time while traveling through Georgia? — Check it out, these money-saving tips and experience the country of Georgia on a budget.
Travel in Offseason — save money by visiting Georgia during the off-season (Nov — March) or during the shoulder season (late September-October and late March-early May), when the savings are still significant and the weather usually quite comfortable.
Rent a flat on Airbnb – With Airbnb, you have choices for self-catering accommodation, serviced flats, rooms for rent, shared housing, and more. Airbnb offers travelers affordable accommodation anywhere they visit.
Share your trip (and its costs) with a friend or family member — there are so many shared costs, from the flat bill to a grocery, transportation costs, etc.
Go camping, instead of staying at the guest houses or hotels—camping is an excellent method to connect with the landscape you’re traveling through in a way most tourists completely miss and Georgia is definitely an ideal playground for those who like a variety of camping adventures. It’s a great way to discover remote parts of our stunning landscapes and get close to nature.
Eat at the local restaurants — If you want a truly authentic experience, eat like a local, If restaurants or eateries are filled with local people, you can be sure that the food is fresh and delicious.
Shop at Outdoor food markets— Forget shopping at Duty-Free stores or boutiques, do what the locals do, and head to the bazaar. Buy some Sulguni cheese, tone bread, fresh fruits, and vegetables to make a perfect Georgian meal for you. It will save you a lot of money as an alternative to eating out.
Rent a car — it will save you money and it will save you a lot of time. Rather than driving to a new destination every day, consider spending at least two nights in each spot and taking day trips. For example, if visiting the Kakheti Region, consider basing yourself in small charming villages and taking day trips to other nearby towns and wineries.
Time and Patience — It is easier to travel on a budget if you are flexible in time. Having time gives you options to take local transport, search for the best deals on accommodation, take advantage of the free attractions, museums, and discounts, to be able to shop at street markets and cook your own food.
Author: Natia Pashurishvili
Photo Credits: G-R Mottez