Have you ever wondered why is everyone always traveling the world while you can’t afford it?
Well, the problem might be that you don’t know how to travel efficiently, and you spend way too much money on stuff that you don’t actually need, which equals not enough savings for travel.
So, let’s jump right into it.
Here are 16 of the best tips to help you travel the world on a budget.
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1. Prepare yourself for the adventure.
Creating and having a daily budget that you can spend will make your traveling much more affordable.
To do so, make a travel plan for what places you’ll want to visit and then estimate your expenses on accommodation, food, and transportation.
Identify what your priorities are and don’t forget to include the costs of visas and travel insurance in your budget.
2. Use incognito mode to search for flights.
Websites track whether you’ve looked at the prices before, so if you see that you’ve been actively checking their sites that means you’re interested, and they increase the price to make more money.
So always make sure you clear your browser cookies and use Incognito Window while looking for flights.
3. Look for getting really good flights.
By using websites and apps such as Momondo, Skyscanner, and Kiwi.com you can select flying from your local airport to anywhere, and it’s going to list flights from cheapest to the most expensive.
This is really good for someone that is flexible with the destination where they want to go.
4. Book flights in advance.
If the place where you’re heading is really popular, such as Iceland, Tokyo, Israel you really need to buy the tickets early because later it’s going to be much more expensive.
If the destination is not common, you can book the flight closer to your trip date because sometimes the accommodation prices are cut so much that it can save you tons of money.
! Remember to always get your return ticket before you fly out (the closer you get to your departure date, the more expensive ticket can be).
5. Identify the cheapest day to fly out and be smart about how you travel.
Flying during the workweek, on a Tuesday or Wednesday is usually a lot cheaper on these days, yet it’s not a rule, so always make sure that you do check Momondo and Skyscanner.
Even without having a flexible schedule, it’s still wise to find the cheapest days to fly, get time off and go on the trip on these particular days, instead of doing it the other way around.
Also, go with the economy class the money you save on cheap tickets, you can spend on food or accommodation once you arrive at your destination.
6. Befriend hostels and Airbnb.
You don’t need to stay at expensive and posh hotels to have a great time.
You can still enjoy your trip as much as while sharing a room at a hostel with your travel companions.
After all, traveling is all about creating memories and experiencing different cultures.
And while hostels have fewer amenities than hotels do, they are a lot more budget-friendly, which can cut down your trip costs.
The other great alternative to hotels is a website like Airbnb, where sometimes you can get extremely good deals, especially if you decide to book a place for a longer period of time.
7. Always look for the cheapest way to go to your destination.
If you’re located in Europe, it’s very easy to get a bus to anywhere you would like to go.
Here are some cheap bus companies that you should check out!
However, if you’re flying long distances, it might be easier to fly to a big airport and then get a bus or a local plane or a train to your destination.
Flying to a smaller airport is always more expensive, so always look for different options available!
8. Travel with a carry-on luggage only.
If you’re going somewhere just for a week or two, there’s no reason why you would need to take anything more than a carry-on and a small bag.
Chances are you never use all your clothes that you pack.
So, take advantage of the airline’s personal item allowance and pack all your stuff to the carry-on.
And if you’re an over-packer, halve whatever you want to take and then halve it again.
This is the rule that I always go for and I still have way too much stuff when I go somewhere.
Websites like workaway.info allow you to find a place where you can stay and eat for free and you just do a little work in return.
You can find many opportunities out of over 40,000 hosts listed on this website, and then contribute to the projects that you resonate with and spend quality time in the home of locals.
How amazing is that?
10. Prepare your meals.
If you’re on a tight budget, preparing your own meals and avoiding restaurants can be a great move that will relieve your bank account.
And unless your main objective of the trip is trying local cuisine, you can save some money on cutting food costs down by going to a local market and select food that you could mix and match at your hostel kitchen.
11. Take free classes or walking tours.
There are a lot of free classes out there and walking tours are almost in every single city. Because, what’s a better way to get to know a city than to be shown around by the locals?
Not only you will be taken to the best places to see, but you’ll also have a chance to make new friends, that you could party with later on.
12. Don’t buy souvenirs.
Not only do they take way too much space, but there’s also a risk that they can break in your backpack. Instead, stick to taking photos and creating memories with your people. Trust me, it’s going to be way more valuable!
13. Make the most out of travel reward programs.
With sign up bonuses up to $500, travel credit cards can be super beneficial for those who are budget-conscious travelers.
In order to maximize those rewards, make sure you have the right cards that will actually be of use to you and use them not only to pay for your travel expenses but also for daily costs like groceries, gas, etc.
14. Travel during off-peak season.
School holidays is a time when the travel industry hikes up prices to take advantage of the higher traffic at tourist places.
In order to travel on a budget, do your research on the best times to visit your dream destination, and avoid these dates, by going there before or after peak period.
While you probably won’t be able to enjoy the summer weather, you can’t still have a wonderful vacation by finding some interesting activities.
15. Use VPN to find the cheapest deals.
Sometimes when you’re searching from a location that you’re in, it increases the price because it’s a rich country you might be searching from.
So, sometimes playing around with your VPN and pretending like you’re searching from a different country allows you to get cheaper deals and it can save you tons of money.
First, search for accommodation and then flights, so you can see if you actually can afford to travel there.
16. Buy a SIM card in a local country.
Local SIM cards give you access to a local phone number and the plans are relatively cheap comparing to paying for your massive fees for your phone. It’s a great way to avoid roaming charges and other high fees for talk, text, and data use.