Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive. Let me say that one more time for the people in the back. 📣📣TRAVEL DOESN’T HAVE TO BE EXPENSIVE! You can see the world if you commit to making it a reality. With a few budget travel tips, you can see every inch of the world for next to nothing.
Here are my budget travel tips!
Choose Your Destination Wisely
Location, Location, Location. $100 in Puerto Rico does not equal $100 in Thailand. I learned this lesson the hard way. Don’t make my mistake of thinking a cheap flight equals a cheap location.
Always consider the costs of the transportation, accommodations, and activities to get an idea of the true cost. While flights close to North America might be cheaper, hotel rooms, food, and excursions will be infinitely more expensive than in Southeast Asia or South America. Things like inflation and popularity of the location all affect the cost of the trip. Do some research on your location and choose one in your budget.
Planning ahead can be the difference between a thousand dollar and a hundred dollar trip. Flight prices can vary an unbelievable amount. There is a fine art to finding the cheapest time to purchase. One fact always holds true, you don’t wait until the last minute to book a flight.
My favorite tool is the Hopper App. Enter your flight info and get alerts when the price changes. Glancing at alerts over a few weeks can save you hundreds. The best part is Hopper pulls historic data and tells you what’s a good price and when the price will likely drop. Commit to grabbing your tickets when the price it right.
For More on Planning Ahead and Flights Check Out: The Ultimate Guide to Flight Deals
Think outside of the boxy hotel room! There are endless options to save money and give you a priceless look into how locals live. Grab a free couch on Couchsurfing, rent an apartment or room on Airbnb, or check out a local hostel. Keep an open mind and decide what’s best for you and your budget.
If you’re new to Airbnb use this link and get $40 travel credit towards your first trip.
Create Free Stopovers
Lengthen your layover and cross another destination off your bucket list for next to nothing. Rather than spending 3 hours in a stuffy crowded airport, get outside and see the city.
Doing a 24 hours layover in Singapore on TigerAir was amazing. Given the size of Singapore, I was able to see the whole country for the cost of 1 night in an Airbnb. Just be sure to make it back to the airport in time for your flight.
Save Coin on a Cruise
A cruise was my first adventure abroad and it was the perfect cheap intro to international travel. The best part about cruising is you pay up front or make payments and that’s about it. Food, accommodations, and entertainment are all covered.
A few tips for cruising, snatching a cruise six months to a year in advance can mean getting the best price. Booking early means, supply is high and demand is flat, so you’ll find perfect prices. As rooms get snapped up, demand rises and so do prices—with one exception. When you get down to the final few weeks the cruise line scrambles to fill empty rooms, and you can again swoop in and find a deal.
Go local-have a Micro-adventure!
You don’t need to travel far or have money to have an adventure. When I lived with my parents and was living off pennies as a student, I spent a lot of time doing day trips. Exploring San Francisco, Seattle, and lesser known but beautiful towns along Highway 1 like Morro Bay and Bolinas for example.
Or you could spend the evening going for a hike with friends in a local area of natural beauty. Life gets busy and sometimes a small break can help refresh and refocus you.
Finally, if you have any cool tips to share, please leave them in the comments section below.