Traveling doesn’t always have to break the bank. You can explore the world without slicing through your savings, you just have to budget wisely. Here are some of our best tips for traveling on a budget.
1. Book Wisely
If you have your heart set on a specific location, visit it during its off-season. Every destination attracts a higher number of tourists during different times of the year, so do your research on your country of choice to schedule your trip during its off-peak season. If you want to jet off somewhere but don’t have stringent dates, use a travel app like Travolic that filters through thousands of flights to find you the most affordable flights during different months and days.
Sometimes prices vary based on where you’re booking them from. It can help to look up flights from a private browser, or by using a VPN on your computer so it shows your booking from somewhere else.
2. Stay in a Hostel or an Airbnb
Pass on the pricey hotels and opt for more affordable lodging settings. Hostels sometimes get a bad rep, but there are multiple types of them: from party-focused ones to peaceful ones. If you do your research, you can find a hostel that fits your agenda and will only end up costing you a few bucks a night. Plus, hostels offer a more authentic, unfiltered experience, so you can take in a country in full without breaking the bank.
If you want a more private atmosphere without the price tag that comes with a resort, book a room, apartment, or house on Airbnb, which lets you browse lodging locations at an affordable rate.
3. Avoid Taxis
One of the best ways to take in a new country and save money is to walk as much as possible. Skimp on the expensive Taxi rides and travel on foot. Cities like New York, San Francisco, and London are considered Walkable cities, which will make it easy to travel through them on foot. If your destinations require more than your feet can take, consider public transportation.
Dividing your trip between subways, metros, and buses will let you absorb the local culture, see more sights, and save money while doing it.
4. Pack Your Food
While one of the best parts of traveling is taking in the local cuisine, those restaurant bills do add up. Consider stuffing your luggage with snacks and small bites that could fill you up and keep you from overindulging and overspending.
5. Look for Free Activities
Many cities are home to glorious free museums, so plan a trip around to visit one of them. Some museums charge a small entrance fee, while other museums let you choose how much you want to pay as a donation to enter. You can also find free local art fairs, music shows, and walking tours that provide incredible entertainment.
6. Invest in a Local SIM Card
Unless your phone covers international calls, the smartest thing for you to do would be to purchase a local SIM card. Just make sure that your phone is unlocked in order to be able to do that.
7. Don’t Overpack
If you’re taking a domestic trip, you can save a lot of money on checking in your luggage by packing all your items in your carry-on. This might be harder for longer trips, so we recommend rolling your clothes, wearing your heaviest items, and stuffing socks and underwear into your shoes.
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