HOW TO TRAVEL ON A BUDGET

How to travel on a budget

The most common reason why people choose not to travel is because they think it can be very expensive. From flights to accommodation and food, there are lots of costs involved when traveling.  However, exploring new places doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

With some tips and tricks up your sleeve, you can save money and travel more. Underneath are some of my simple tips and tricks that I use that allows me to travel as often as possible.

1| COME UP WITH A PLAN

While spur-of-the-moment adventures are fun and exciting, they can cost you much more than if you were to plan ahead.  Plan everything from how long you are staying on at each place, what landmarks you will visit and your accommodation.

This way you are able to book your flights and accommodations ahead of time and save money. If you plan ahead you are able to get a more accurate estimate of all the costs involved.  This way you won’t have any unexpected expenses and you can budget for your trip accordingly.

2| TRAVEL OUT OF SEASON

Be aware that travelling during peak seasons and school holidays, will cost you more.  You will notice that the cost of flights and accommodations are much higher!

Peak season varies between different destinations.  This is why you need to research the best time to visit your destination and travel a few days before or after that time. You will reduce the costs of flights and accommodation as well as avoid the big crowds – WINNING!

How to travel on a budget

3 | BOOK IN ADVANCE

Prices of flights, accommodation and tour prices increase significantly as it gets closer to your trip.  Even as little as two days can cause a massive increase in the costs of your plane tickets.  This is why it is so important that you purchase your tickets well ahead of time.

Bonus tip! When you are looking for flights browse using a private or incognito window.  This is because websites can track the quotes that you have been given during your previous searches.  To ensure that you get the most competitive price make sure you delete your cookies and search in private better known as incognito.

4 | THINK ABOUT YOUR DESTINATION 

The cost of travelling to certain countries is more expensive than others.  If you want to travel on a budget, one way to do so is to visit less popular countries or places.  The costs of your accommodation, food, and tours will be lower.  However, this does not mean that you won’t have as much fun.  Countries such as Montenegro, Albania, and Croatia have so much to offer yet the cost of visiting these countries is lower.  You will also learn more from the friendly locals and avoid massive crowds.

5 | CHOOSE YOUR ACCOMMODATION WISELY 

One of the largest expenses when traveling is your accommodation.  The most cost-efficient option is to stay with family and friends.  However, if this isn’t an option for you, shared accommodation is something you should look into.  Sharing the cost of housing can reduce your costs significantly.

If you are wanting to stay in a hotel or hostel do your research as soon as possible.  Spend some time researching to ensure that you are getting the best deal and obviously the best place too.

6 | PACK EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED 

Shopping while you are away can be expensive.  Take all the essentials that you need so that you don’t spend while you are traveling.  Make sure you check the weather before your trip to ensure that you are packing the right items.  You should, however, bring in some extra cash for a few souvenirs.

7 | USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT 

If you are traveling to multiple countries that are within close proximity, you should consider taking the bus or train instead of a plane.  If you have to travel by plane, you can still save by taking public transport within the countries.

8 | THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU ARE SPENDING ON FOOD 

Food can be expensive especially if you are eating at restaurants every day.  Cheaper alternatives include takeaway, supermarket foods and meals from the local fresh food markets.  Another great alternative is street food.  This is probably one of my favorite options as you get to spend less on food while still tasting the local cuisines and helping out local businesses.

Make sure to check if the hotel or hostels that you have booked offer any complimentary meals!

9 | CONSIDER WORKING HOLIDAYS 

If you want to visit a place for an extended period of time, working holidays is the perfect option for you.  You will earn money to cover your costs and save while traveling.

Australia, Canada, and New Zeland are just a couple of examples that have working holiday visas.

10 | BUDGET DESTINATIONS 

Just because you are on a budget that doesn’t mean that you can take a long exotic trip. There are many amazing destinations that you can travel to without breaking the bank.

Underneath are a couple of options you can travel too when you are on a budget:

  • Puebla, Mexico
  • China, for example, India, Thailand or Cambodia
  • Eastern Europe, for example, Budapest, Hungary

Check out Nomadic Matt’s extensive post an some more amazing destinations.

I hope you have found these tips helpful! What is your number one tip on how to travel on a budget? Let me know in the comments below.

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2 Comments

  1. Ella Jones
    December 5, 2019 / 10:59 am

    these tips are great – I’m a firm believer in planning out your travels if you want it to be cheaper, such as looking for hostels that have kitchen facilities so you can make your own dinner.

    • bonditobasic
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      December 6, 2019 / 3:31 pm

      Thank you so much Ella 🙂
      Planning your travel will make it definite cheaper. I am a bit of a spontaneous traveler, and I am often annoyed with how much I could have saved if I just planned my trips a bit better.

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