Top tips for saving money travelling
Lately I've noticed a lot of comments on travel blogs asking how these bloggers afford to travel. Often, you'll find the top frequently asked question is asking just that. How do you afford to travel so often? It really hit me, there are so many people out there who view travelling as expensive. I mean, it is, if you aren't smart about it. Why else do you think so many underpaid uni students (or college students for you Americans out there – hullooo) travel the world year after year, whilst also paying rent, bills and credit card bills?
Yep, it's true, there are a few comforts you’ll have to miss out on when saving money travelling. But it's all worth it in the end. I personally don't travel to another country to chill out. I often come back more exhausted than I left! When travelling you’ll likely be sleep deprived, your feet will be sore from walking day-after-day, but in the end, your main purpose is to explore as much of this country or city as you possibly can! So, you must seize the day and make the most of it. And I promise you, when you look back, you’ll smile at the good, the bad AND the ugly.
Which brings me to my top seven tips for saving money travelling.
This is my main way to save money when travelling! It starts with researching how much it’ll cost to live each day in your destination. You can find this kind of information from Lonely Planet. Once you know how much you’ll be spending each day, take about 5 days worth of money out of the ATM. Place this money rolled in a sock in your luggage, or in a very safe place. Each day place the daily amount of cash in your wallet. You’ll find you don’t use it all which means you can splurge from time-to-time, and won’t find yourself broke by the end of the trip – hooray.
BE FLEXIBLE WITH FLIGHTS
Often flights will be cheaper on certain days of the week, depending on the country. If you look around for different flight days, you’ll be likely to find a good price!
OPT FOR FREE TOURS
I don’t condone only visiting attractions with free entry. Often you’re paying for the upkeep, which means these beautiful landmarks will be around for many years to come. In saying that, I highly recommend joining in on free city tours. They’re often a walking tour, and are first in best dressed. Which leads me to my next tip…
WALK, WALK, WALK!
Seriously! Don’t spend money on a cab, just walk! And when I say walk, I mean don’t catch the metro two stops – just walk them. There are so many hidden gems for you to find when walking. Get lost, and find your way back again. These are the moments that really make a trip worthwhile.
USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Public transport is a great way to get from one side of a city, to the next. And often you’ll find some sort of performer or interesting folk attempting to make a dime. Take it in, this is how the locals experience life.
STAY IN HOSTELS
If you’re really eager to save money (which I always am!), then stay in hostels. They really aren’t as bad as you think! The trick here is to do your research, read as many reviews as possible, and when in doubt, have a backup plan.
TALK TO THE LOCALS
The best way to find cheap authentic eats and things to do is to speak to the locals. Often they’ll be very excited you’re here to explore their home country, and will willingly give you a plethora of options! All you have to do, is ask.
Got some money saving tips up your sleeve? Share them in the comments below!