I get it…
You are a (would-be) wanderer .
You daydream about faraway islands. You inspire a life-changing experience.
You know you were born to travel all around the world and encounter incredible adventures.
Then you check your bank balance…
You are not alone.
The #1 thing that holds people back from traveling is always… MONEY.
No worries. Traveling doesn’t have to break the bank. You don’t have to win the lottery, either.
Here are some of the best tried-and-tested travel hacks on “how to travel on a budget”:
This is one of the most important stages, yet often overlooked by most people. Make sure you come up with a great plan first. Write everything down about flights, accommodations, travel budget, tourist spots, transportation, and so on.
Consider travelling to countries whose quality of life is much inferior than ours, such as Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, or Latin America.
3. Travel during “Off-Peak” (Shoulder season)
Timing is key.
This is the #1 Golden Rule if you want to travel on a budget. With a little planning and research in advance, you can ensure you avoid high seasons (mostly summer, winter, and holidays) when there are price hikes and tourist swarms.
Before you book a flight, you’d better compare ticket prices using flight search websites that scan through all airlines. Don’t forget to check the fine details, such as admin charges, taxes, baggage, and other fees.
Book flights in advance. Many experienced backpackers often advise, “Book as soon as find the flights you want.” This is because most airlines don’t sell off flights closer to departure.
When searching for flights online, it’s a great idea to use an incognito window to find the freshest deals.
You don’t always have to stay in a $100/night hotel.
There are other wallet-friendly accommodation options such as hostels, AirBnB, and CouchSurfing.
This can give you 3 benefits:
- Halve the price
- Offer you the opportunity to meet more people
- Allow you an authentic snapshot of real life in the city
6. Your Kit
Make sure you bring with you everything you need so that you don’t have to shop while you’re away. It’s advised to bring at least a pair of long jeans, waterproof jacket, first-aid kits/medicines, and warm clothes for unpredictable incidents and weather changes.
7. Public Transports
Riding taxis or tourist buses all the time isn’t a good idea if you are on a tight travel budget. Research thoroughly about all the public transportation options in the city.
Use a public transport (train or local bus) if you can. I know this might seem a little scary… but if the locals do it, why can’t you too?
You’ll enjoy it!
8. Don’t Eat Away Your Cash
Choose supermarkets or local fresh food markets over overpriced restaurants or cafes. Forget about boutiques, or duty-free stores.
Cut back on the alcohol as much as you can. Both your wallet and waistline will thank you for that.
Don’t mind about souvenirs. Value experiences and adventures.
Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive at all.
With the hacks you discovered today, you can still roam all around the world and achieve the best experiences possible without having to worry about your bill for the next month!
Now, it’s time to go out there and quench your wanderlust!