Tips for traveling on a budget



Tips for traveling on a budget

1. Look into car collection services like Bla Bla Car.

Bla Bla Car and other similar services can save you a lot of money if you're traveling on a budget. People who have cars and make the trip anyway say if they have space you can pay for that space. Often cheaper than public transportation. Likewise, if you're taking a road trip and have room in the car, you can put some money back on gasoline.

2. Read other people's backpacking experiences.


When you're planning, Google "Backpacker's Guide to..." That way you can immediately see what a budget vacation looks like at your destination, and you should be able to get an idea of costs, accommodations, and activities.

3. Find free things to do at your chosen destination.


A great tip for traveling on a budget is to look for free things to do wherever you are. Some museums may be free on certain days or may host local events. Don't forget the Free Walking Tour, a good way to see the city you're visiting. Just remember that it is customary to tip last.

4. Get a local SIM card.

Data roaming or paying for Wi-Fi abroad can be expensive. One way to save money while traveling is to get a local SIM card with locally priced data packages. Want data to commute and stay connected to home! This is what I did in the Philippines and Albania and it was really easy to iron!

5. Browse DIY.


You can often save a lot of money by skipping a scheduled tour and just doing it yourself! Use public transportation to get there, pack a picnic, and buy your entrance ticket (if needed).


A good example of this is my own trip to the Blue Mountains in Australia. The group tour would cost at least 100 AUD per person, but a round trip ticket was only 12 AUD! The only other expenses were the packed lunch I took with me and the coffee I bought along the way

6. Don't eat out all the time.


Another tip for traveling on a budget is to shop at the supermarket and cook on your own. Try some local food within your budget (if you can), but then, prepare your own food. Most hostels have kitchen facilities available for all to use. There might be a shelf with leftovers from the backpackers who were there!

7. Be aware of ATM fees.


ATMs can charge a lot for withdrawing and exchanging money. However, it is often cheaper to get money from your travels than to exchange it before you travel. To avoid paying, he lost as much money as possible at once. The more you get, the less you pay, but the more you lose/steal! If you have a lot of cash, put it in different parts of your wallet/pocket and leave some in a locked and safe place where you live.

8. Try to bargain.


Prices are often set for tourists, so put your negotiating skills to good use and see if you can get a discount! This is more likely if you're in a group, whether you're traveling together or friends you've made along the way, and you're all making reservations for example. Same round

9. Get recommendations from locals.


Locals definitely don't want to pay tourists prices for food, drinks and activities. Talk to someone from the area (maybe someone at the hostel reception) and find out their favorite places. I guarantee that you will never be disappointed!

10. Bring your own water bottle and a cup of coffee.


I never travel without my reusables! Taking your own water bottle means you can fill it up for free at fountains, cafes, or mountain springs. Having a cup of coffee often gives you a discount!

11. Walking all over the place.


Walking is the cheapest mode of transportation and the best way to explore a new area. If you want to go a little further, it's often cheap to rent bikes. Cycling and walking are both good ways to keep fit while traveling. See some others here


If you must use public transportation, buses are usually cheaper. Avoid taxis and Uber like the plague if you are traveling on a budget. It is so far the most expensive mode of transportation. With a little planning, there's always a bus or train that's a lot cheaper.

12. Work while traveling.

An obvious way to save money while traveling is to make money doing it! Many hostels offer free or reduced-rate accommodation if you work a few shifts, and there's also the option of bartenders, teaching abroad, or getting a working holiday visa.

13. Set your budget and stick to it.

There are very few places where it is not possible to travel on a budget. There are free things to do in any destination, so you just have to manage your expectations about how many expensive activities you can do there or, say, how often you can eat out. Try not to overspend your budget once you planned evrything.

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