traveling on a budget
Me too! However, I don’t love how expensive it can be – but it doesn’t have to be that way! I’ve found ways to cut down on costs when it comes to traveling. Of course, it’s never going to be completely free, but it might be easier than you think to save while exploring the world. I hope these money-saving tips help you on your travels! (:
Depending on where you’re looking, you might be able to find Airbnbs at much more affordable prices than a hotel room – especially if you’re traveling with a larger group. I’ve personally used Airbnb a few times, and it’s super convenient. However, it might be harder to find places to stay in smaller cities, so be sure to confirm the location before you book! Also, check the house rules, ratings, additional information, and total cost to make sure the place you find is a good fit for you – and your budget.
Most of the time, catching a flight is much more expensive than taking a road trip. Now, there are obvious times when you have no choice but to fly, but when driving is an option and you’re traveling on a budget, consider hitting the road. Compare costs (don’t forget to factor in hotels, gas, etc.), compare travel time, and think about what would be most enjoyable to you! Flying is a super convenient and quick way to travel, but driving isn’t all that bad, either – especially if you can make a few fun stops along the way! Plus, driving ensures that you’ll have access to a vehicle at any time during your trip.
travel in the off-season
Following this advice can be pretty tricky, especially if your lifestyle is limiting on the times you can get out and about. Whether it’s because of work, school, or something completely different, it can be difficult to find time to travel in the off-season… but if you do have the flexibility, I highly suggest looking into doing so! Off-season traveling is usually much more affordable and can even be less stressful.
(P.S. What’s considered the off-season for traveling can be different depending on your destination.)
plan in advance
If you really want to avoid spending extra money, plan your trip in advance! Not only do I mean booking a plane ticket, your Airbnb/hotel, and other accommodations sooner rather than later, but make sure you have a rough outline of what you want to do while you’re there. Having a tentative plan makes it easier to estimate how much your trip will cost you, and if you know exactly what you want to do, you might be able to find a deal on that specific activity.
find free/cheap activities
Free (or close to free) tourist activities can be difficult to come by – at least the ones worth doing – but they can still be done! And they can really help you save when you’re traveling on a budget.
If you’re outdoorsy, look into nearby hikes. Hiking trails are often free, or require a cheap pass. If you want to explore a city, walk around and take it all in. Window shop, try a new coffee shop, maybe even splurge a little on a souvenir. If you have access to a car, take a drive! This is a great way to explore a new place and maybe even catch an awesome sunset. You could also check out a pool/beach, a zoo or aquarium, and countless other possibilities! Not every activity you do on vacation has to be pricey. (:
make your own meals
This one might not sound very fun, but if you are willing to sacrifice some time and effort, you might be able to spend your money on something other than food. However, I totally understand if eating out while traveling is a non-negotiable for you; it’s fun and exciting to try new foods at new places. But keep in mind, making a few of your own meals (or staying somewhere that provides breakfast or snacks) can save quite a bit of cash.
Being flexible might be the simplest way you can save money while traveling on a budget… sometimes changing your trip dates by a day or two can save you hundreds of dollars!! Stay aware of this when planning your travels; look around at the cheapest dates to be sure you’re getting the best deals. (:
check out public transport/walkability
If you don’t have access to your own vehicle or don’t want to pay for a rental car, research the walkability and accessibility of public transport in your destination before departing. Both of these are often much cheaper options than a rental or Uber; plus, you’ll be getting some extra movement and exploring in!
Traveling on a budget is not always easy and straightforward, but I hope these tips help! (: