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.
2. Find out when it’s low or high season in the specific country you are traveling to.
For instance, traveling to Europe during the summer months is going to cost a lot more than visiting Europe during the fall or winter.
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!
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.
Related: Use Ibotta to get cash back on groceries, clothing, and tons more at hundreds of stores. Ibotta is also great if you buy travel-related deals on Groupon! Get $10 for signing up here.
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.
How do you travel on a budget?
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