Traveling on a budget is so incredibly easy and with the hostel and budget airline world booming, it's now easier than ever to start your adventure.
Below are my most used tips and tricks that I personally used while I ventured off around the world, and what I believe will help you when you visit your next destination.
I recently spent a few months in Europe, last summer in South America, and winter break in Australia. This past weekend I went to New York City and all of this was on a budget.
Traveling is not nearly as expensive as people make it sound, you just have to figure out how to do it right.
1. Join a traveling group on Facebook or login into Couchsurfing and find members that live in the specific city you are traveling to.
Ask the individual to give you the inside scoop on the non-touristy destinations. These restaurants and shops will most likely be a lot cheaper, and you will also get a real, genuine experience of the city or country you are staying in.
Tip: Cushion is an app that refunds bank and credit card fees. You can expect refunds on things like late fees, overdraft fees, monthly service fees, account maintenance fees, ATM fees, credit card interest charges, late fees, and more!
2. Get cash back with Ibotta
Ibotta is a free app that gives you cash back for making purchases on things like groceries, clothes, toiletries, and much more while traveling.
I use the app on a regular basis. Before I visit a grocery store or make any kind of purchase in-person, I check the Ibotta app to see what kind of cash back I can get. Currently, there are deals like getting up to $2 off toothpaste, up to 20% cash back from Groupon, $1.50 off pasta, and so much more.
It's silly not to use Ibotta if you're a regular grocery shopper and also have to buy things like clothes, toiletries, and pretty much anything else you'd find at a store like Walmart or Amazon.
If you sign up now, you can get $10 in your account by using my link here.
3. Find the cheapest modes of transportation.
When I lived in Europe, I was delighted to get inside tips and tricks and made my way all over different countries with Europe's version of “Uber”, only long distance rides.
I once paid 20 euro (did you know it's euro and not euros?) for a car ride from Nice, France, to Bologna, Italy. That's one heck of a deal!
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4. Do your research and stay in hostels that are offering the highest number of free add-ons.
It's very easy these days to find a hostel that is going to offer free wifi, free buffet breakfast, and free showers.
5. Sign up for Ebates to get travel discounts.
Ebates gives cash back on online purchases, such as flights and othertravel-relatedd expenses. If you regularly shop online, Ebates is perfect for you. Make money while doing your usual online shopping. Get $10 for signing up through my link here.
6. If you are a student, make sure to sign up for a STA Travel card which gives you access to thousands of discounts all around the world.
My ISIC card gave me a discount on my Machu Picchu trip.
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7. Take advantage of Groupon and its travel section.
There are tons of discounted trips, flights, and packages that are definitely worth looking into. I have a few friends that have personally used the Groupon trips and they have all said it's 100% worth it.
8. I have found that souvenirs are not worth it.
They can be bulky and wasteful, and most of the time end up in storage. For me personally, photographs are my souvenirs. I create photo albums and share my memories that way.
If you must buy a souvenir for you or a friend, I recommend buying magnets or postcards. They are cheap and small to pack.
Tip: Trim helps you negotiate cable and internet bills, analyzes and gives you spending updates via text, and will find and cancel unwanted subscriptions for you. Trim users saved over $1,000,000 last month alone.
9. When you travel, you are going to find that there are often many travel agencies that offer “free tours”.
Yes, these are free, but they do recommend you tip, and the tour guide will also mention tipping at the end, which usually costs the same as buying a ticket from an actual tour agency anyway.
10. Buy a water bottle and use the bathroom whenever you have free access to one.
Bathrooms cost money in most foreign countries, and water is not cheap, and in some cases, not clean enough to drink.
Here is a fruit-infused bottle that works great for adding a little flavor to your water.
Traveling does not have to be expensive or stressful when planning out. There are so many different ways to save money while traveling and some of my favorite memories while traveling has been free.
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