If you’ve ever traveled, you know that some places are naturally more expensive or cheaper than where you live. When you’re traveling on a budget, we recommend doing your research on places that are cheap, easy to get to, have a lower cost of living, or where the currency gets you good value because of the exchange rate.
Fun fact: big cities and hot spots are usually a lot more expensive! When you’re trying to save money but still want to travel, choose less well-known destinations. Whether it’s a hidden gem in Europe or a little town you saw in a movie, you’ll love traveling to new places without a lot of tourists. Even at your destination, try avoiding restaurants on the main strip. Food down a sidewalk is going to be better AND cheaper!
Some of the best trips are taken during the off-season! Sure, the weather may not be ideal for some days, but your chosen destination will be a lot less busy and crowded, which is always a plus! Not only will you save $$ but you’ll have the place all to yourself! All in all, it’s a win-win!
It’s cheaper and less stressful to book things like transportation, accommodations, or activities ahead of time! When you get down to the wire or are making reservations at the last minute, most places will charge you more (probably because they know you’re desperate). Make a plan and book things in advance to keep your prices a lot lower!
Sometimes traveling with spontaneity really helps you to save some moolah! For example, you save money when you book with local owners or homestays. Some of the best accommodations aren’t advertised online and you can save money when you go beyond typical traveling companies. So get outside of your comfort zone and be spontaneous when you’re looking to travel on a budget.
Did you know that flights are more expensive on weekends?! Something to do with people typically traveling with more free time during holidays and weekends. So if you’re looking to save, try to fly between Tuesday - Thursday if you can! You’ll find the airports to be a little less crowded typically too, which is always a good thing!
Always pack light when you don’t want to pay for a checked bag! Trust us, you probably won’t wear half the clothes you take so why pay for more than you need?! But if you forget something, it may cost you money to buy that missing item when you arrive at your destination. So be thorough and honest with yourself while packing so you stay light and remember everything you need. Pro tip: use swim tops as out & about tops too! Gotta love a two-for-one!
Have you ever stayed in a hostel or invited friends to make your trip cheaper?! That’s a great way to go! You’ll save tons of money if you’re willing to share your accommodations and it’s a great way to get to know people better! You can even try out couchsurfing and meet locals all over the world! Just make sure you stay safe and choose people with consistently good reviews.
When you have a long journey ahead of you, one way to save $$$ is to travel overnight. Traveling at night saves you the cost of accommodation for that night and you don’t have to waste any day time traveling - giving you more time to explore your new destination! Raise of hands for anyone who’s saved money by spending the night at the airport! Oh, just us??
Once you’ve decided on your destination, give it a light Google and find free things to do in the areas you’ll be visiting. It could be museums on certain days, local events, free walking tours, or just about anything. Just remember that it’s customary to tip at the end if anyone is helping you throughout these free activities.
When traveling on a budget, try shopping at the supermarket and cooking for yourself! It’s so tempting to eat out for every meal when you’re on vacation, but a great way to save $$ is to grocery shop like a local and prepare your own food. You can work some local delicacies into your budget alongside cooking for yourself.
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