Travelling can be rather expensive – with long haul flights, visa costs and accommodation being just the beginning. There is such an enormous variety of places to go and so many things to see – it’s natural to think you might need to take out a second mortgage to get it done in a way that truly does it justice.
Here are a few of my top tips for anyone travelling even on the tightest of budgets.
Overland travel in particular, is quite affordable with inexpensive buses, train tickets as well as other means of cheap transport such as car sharing.
There are plenty of low-cost airlines out there as well – you just need to know where to look!
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Now that we’ve covered the basics – here are a few more quick tips to keep those travelling costs down!
Choose lower-cost places
If you wish to take a trip somewhere for a decent amount of time and not spent all of your money in the first couple of weeks – choose destinations known to be more budget-friendly.
South-East Asia is one of the most popular regions to travel to in the world for a reason.
You have the ability to stay somewhere fairly decent and eat and drink well even on the lowest of budgets. Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia are the ones I’ve travelled through so far and can vouch for.
Same goes for travelling through Eastern Europe. Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic were all very inexpensive and perfect places for travellers on a budget. These are just places from my own experience – I’m sure there are many more around the world, such as South America for example.
Go for the free attractions
Of course plan for those few special things you want to do that cost, but there are loads of attractions in every city that are still amazing that won’t cost you a thing!
One of my favourite things to do in a new city is to go on a free walking tour.
Free Walking Tours
There are two great companies I know of that I will always choose to go for:
Both are excellent and a great way to be introduced to a city. You get taken around by foot to a lot of the main highlights and attractions and the guides are always very friendly, helpful and full of interesting historical facts and stories.
Do some research before you go, I’m sure many travel blogs out there will be able to share free or very cheap things to do in each specific place.
You can do this by eating where the locals eat and ordering off a non-English menu.
Find out where the locals drink their beer – it’s usually a heck of a lot cheaper!
This is where you’ll find many of their local places, supermarkets, shopping and fresh food markets and so on.
Cook your own meals
Whenever you are able to – cook your own meals. Be sure to of course try the local food and eat out occasionally, but make the most of cooking for yourself which will save you a lot of money. Consider going for the street food, rather than sit down restaurant meals – eat like the locals! Buying your lunches from a supermarket or local bakery too is a very budget friendly option.
Work while you’re there
Depending on how long you are travelling for, you might be able to find work to help supplement your trip. It’s usually fairly easy to find casual jobs working as a bar worker, hostel worker, tour guide, Au pair, waiter/waitress and so on, as long as you speak the language and are willing!
Stop making excuses and turn that travel dream into a reality!
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