Being a college student and visiting different cities each month can become overwhelming expensive, but if you find ways to cut corners and save money, it is very doable.
Below are different ways to save money while traveling:
1) Work in exchange for a place to stay.
You can travel the world and stay somewhere for free, as long as you can chip in a bit. WWOOF, which stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms sets up travelers with room and board in exchange for doing work on a farm.
The work can vary and the locations vary as well. WWOOF currently has locations in Australia and New Zealand, but they also venture off into South America and Europe. If you aren't feeling like using WWOOF, you could also use Couchsurfing which I mention in many past posts, so I don't feel it is necessary to talk about in this post. You can sign up for Couchsurfing for free here.
2) Check prices on budget airlines.
Use budget airlines like Southwest, WOW, or Air Asia. These airlines are better to use rather than regular airlines you see daily because they offer the same thing as other airlines, yet their costs are usually considerably cheaper.
Also, remember to check prices on vacation websites such as Expedia.com, as well as each individual airlines' website, as pricing may vary.
Related: Use Ebates to save money on online purchases you make. If you shop online, Ebates is a must! It's free and really easy to use. You can save money on everything from flights, Amazon purchases, tax services, and tons more. Get $10 for signing up here.
3) Think about a cash budget.
If you are a person that only uses cash, make sure to take money out of the bank before you depart anywhere. Bank fees can pile up, or if you are part of a credit union, you're likely to find different ATM's around the country that have absolutely no fees.
If you do decide to use a credit card, make sure that there are no foreign transaction fees. There are plenty of credit cards out there that have no fees!
4) Rent a car instead of paying for taxis or ubers.
We are currently renting a car during our stay in Seattle and it totaled to be around $79, including everything.
This lasts us for 4 days and it's a very nice car with plenty of space as well. We get the option to travel off outside of Seattle, and we are even thinking about visiting Leavenworth, WA which is 2.5 hours away, and we definitely wouldn't be able to do that if we didn't have a car.
5) Make sure you choose a hostel or hotel that offers complimentary breakfast.
I always make sure to eat any free meals that a hotel offers when I am on a vacation.
Food always takes up such a large part of a vacation budget, and eating any meals that are included is a way for me to save money.
6) Also, if you are staying at a hotel, make sure you are getting everything you want.
When we got to Seattle, we checked on Booking.com and this website was awesome because you can filter out exactly you need. I made sure I stayed somewhere that had a gym, as I like to workout in the morning since it sets the tone for the day for me.
Related: Ibotta is a free downloadable app that can save you money on groceries (even fruits and veggies!) as well as hundreds of other items at major stores. Get $10 for signing up here.
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How do you save money while traveling? Do you do any of the tips I mentioned to save money? What could I do to better my ways of saving money?
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