10 Budget Travel Tips: How To See The World On The Cheap

As time has progressed, and more methods of travel have been perfected, it’s allowed people with a bit of wanderlust the opportunity to see new places and experience new things. Now we can take in other countries, cultures, and cuisines; returning to our homes after we’re through with our travels. It’s a beautiful thing!

But there are downsides to all beautiful things; and one of the common downsides to traveling is actually something that fully prevents a lot of people from enjoying it, it can be costly. The high cost of travel often keeps people from traveling as much as they may want to, and sometimes, it keeps them from traveling at all.

Luckily, there are a lot of ways to cut down on the costs presented by traveling. And in fact, many people have mastered the art of traveling on the cheap. If you want to become one of those people and not let financial matters hold you back from doing what you love, then these ten tips related to budgeting traveling expenses could really help!

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#1 – Travel Off-Season

A unique thing about traveling is that people always want to do it more during one time of the year, aka summer. Especially for those that want to enjoy a nice day at a beach at their destination, the warmer months seem most ideal for traveling.

But for this same reason, accommodations and activities often cost a lot more around this time of year. If you’re looking to get around those high prices, then consider traveling during the off-season; when prices are lowered because of the presence of fewer tourists.

#2 – Set A Daily Travel Budget

When you’re making a budget for things like bills, groceries, etc; you typically have a limit of money you’re willing to spend for each week or month. This same strategy can be slightly altered and applied to your travel planning to keep your finances in check while you’re away.

Simply set a daily travel budget, an absolute max for what you plan to spend on any given day. Stick to it and it will remind you to not make unnecessary purchases.

#3 – Choose Low-Cost Airlines

Just as there are brands of cars that cost more than others, not all airlines are created equal. And in fact, many airlines cost considerably more than their budget counterparts. So if you’re willing to forgo some of the luxury treatment of a high-end airline, then you could save some serious money by going with their low-cost competitors.

#4 – Select Cheap Destinations

The simple fact of the matter is, there are some destinations that are a little more expensive than others. Usually, this depends on the popularity of the place, the more tourists the more money you’ll likely spend to go there.

And sometimes destinations are more or less expensive depending on how far away they are from you.

If you’re serious about traveling on a budget then consider choosing a cheaper destination. 

#5 – Book Flights and Accommodations Early

Now we’re back to the technicalities of travel, how to get there, and where to stay when you do. Flights and accommodations are the most expensive parts of most trips, making learning how to save money when you’re booking them vital to a cheap trip.

One hack that many people take advantage of is purchasing their flights and booking their accommodations early, as the prices go up the closer you get to the deadline.

#6 – Look for Free Activities at Your Destination

Activities are the backbone of enjoying a trip anywhere. This is why most tourists are seen out and about, but unfortunately, a lot of popular tourist activities can add extra costs to your trip. Instead, try to find free activities at your respective destination. They are there to be found!

#7 – Make Use of Free Trials

Speaking of free things, taking advantage of the free trials that various travel services offer is a great way to cut costs ahead of a trip. Travel websites, mobile apps, and premium subscriptions; almost all cost money but they’re often necessary to plan a trip, so use their free trials in order to unlock their benefits for free.

This will typically buy you enough time (pun very much intended), to do the planning you need to do before the trial runs out.

#8 – Bring A Refillable Water Bottle

Surprisingly, simple expenses like buying bottled water can really add up on top of all your other traveling costs. Although it might seem like a small step, consider bringing a refillable water bottle along with you. In most cases, this will save you from needing to buy water and you can refill for free.

#9 – Take Some Free Walking Tours

One of the most effective ways to learn about a destination is to take a tour, but there are two types of tours. Paid tours and free tours are typically both available in places with a lot of tourists, however, many make the mistake of thinking that the free tours won’t be as interesting.

This simply isn’t true, so taking some free walking tours could save you money and show you around the city.

#10 – Travel with Someone

This last tip could be summed up with the old saying, “The more, the merrier.” And in this case, it’s true! Not only do many people find it more fun, and even safe, to travel with someone else; but it can cut certain expenses in half.

Therefore, unlike most things, there’s really no downside to having a travel buddy!

Final Thoughts

There are many inventive ways to cut down on travel costs, and if you take these tips into consideration, then you’re well on your way to traveling more and worrying about money less.

Last Updated on October 19, 2023

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