Travel On A Budget: 51 Tips on How To Save Money When Traveling Abroad
Are you planning a trip abroad soon? You might be wondering if there are ways to save money while travelling. In this article, I'll show you how to travel with a budget by giving you all the tips to find cheap ways to travel.
Because we don't have to be rich to travel the world, I always do my best to save money to travel more.
You've always wanted to travel but never had the funds. Now you have an opportunity to do just that. Learn how to travel on a budget!
I have 18 years of experience, so here is my list of 51 tips to travel on a budget without breaking the bank.
What is the cheapest way to travel?
The cheapest way to travel is most of the time by plane. It depends on how far you have to go. The best way to save money when travelling is always to research all the possible ways to reach your destination and choose the best option for your type of travel.
Most of the time, travelling by plane is the cheapest and fastest option. I always check all the possible ways on the Omio website to find the best travel transport between aeroplane, bus and train, and the opportunity to book my ticket right there.
Tips: As soon as you book your next adventure, buy good travel insurance in case you need to “unfortunately” delay, extend or cancel your trip.
I recommend SafetyWing. An excellent insurance company to cover everything about your travel.
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1. Decide a budget and respect it:
It is easy to plan a budget and spend a lot more. The best way to travel on a budget is by deciding a budget, subtracting flights and accommodation costs, attractions tickets, and transport. And then, divide what you have left by the days you are travelling.
The result will be the money you'll have for food and extra daily. I advise you to always save a bit more than you planned, just in an emergency.
The first thing to do is to find the best cheap travel destinations not too far from your country.
2. Travel offseason:
During high season everything is more expensive, and most of the cheapest flights and accommodations are always booked a lot in advance (some travellers book their accommodations even one year in advance).
That is why travelling offseason is one of the best ways to travel on a budget.
Use the widget down below to search for some low-budget flights to save money!
During high season, all destinations can be very crowded and, in my opinion, less appealing to my eyes.
Do you prefer to wait 1 hour in line to see a museum or only 5 minutes or even none?
How does a famous place look for a picture if it is full of tourists? I prefer it when it is almost empty, but this is just my point of view (and I don't always want to wake up at 6 am to get those empty square pictures).
3. Book a lot in advance:
The earlier, the better. So as soon as you decide when to go on holiday, start to plan. This is the best way to find the cheapest rates on both flights and accommodations and the most brilliant way to budget your trip.
4. Choose your destination carefully:
It depends on where you live, where you want to go and if your country's money value is more substantial than your destination or weaker.
There are some countries where everything is very cheap and others where everything is costly so do your research. That is why looking for the best affordable travel destinations near your country is essential.
5. Choose a less famous destination:
Capitals are always more expensive than the other cities, but some other vacation spots in remote places can be costly too. Choose wisely and keep in mind that small cities and towns are hidden beautiful places.
I went to Madeira, in the middle of the Atlantic ocean and was shocked to find out it is a less-known island that you can visit with a very low budget.
6. Choose a destination that doesn't require you to buy a visa:
Avoiding applying for a Visa is one of the best ways to travel on a budget. Some visas can be quite expensive, so if you are looking to save money everywhere, I advise you to choose a country that does not require you to pay for a visa.
7. If you travel by car, find a friend or two to travel with you:
Rent a car (if you cannot travel with one) and paying for insurance and petrol can be expensive in some countries, but it is more affordable if you share the cost with your friends.
Use the Widget below to get some discounted car rentals!
8. Be flexible if you can:
Another cheap way to travel is by being flexible.
If you can book your travel anytime you want, lucky you! This way, you can check when flights are cheaper, and you can book to leave for your holiday anytime and come back when you want.
9. Use Skyscanner or Jetradar to find the cheapest flights deals:
These are the fantastic websites I use to find flight tickets. The research is extensive and fast, and you can find the best deals. Check out Skyscanner and Jetradar to find your next flight and save money.
10. Check the costs of a not direct flight:
Direct flights are the best ones because you get there straight away. But what if you find one with only 2 hours stop that can make you save money?
Or, if you have a couple of extra days, you can opt for flights with long layovers to save money and have 24 hours or more to explore another city on the way (this is a very excellent idea!).
11. Flight on Tuesday or Wednesday:
This is what I always try to do, flights on Tuesday and Wednesday are always cheaper, and in this way, you can stay for 7 or 8 days saving money and avoid travelling on the busy Saturdays and Sundays.
12. Get a travel credit card:
With a travel credit card, you can collect points and then turn them into a free flight or a free hotel room, so check them out and choose the best one for you.
13. Join a frequent flyer program:
Many airlines offer this program, so if you usually fly with one that provides it, do not hesitate to use it. It cal help you get a free flight in the future.
14. Travel with only a carry-on bag:
A good tip for travelling on a budget is to travel only with a carry-on bag. Most airlines include a carry-on bag of a max of 10 kg and a handbag (or small backpack) in the ticket price.
So think if you need to travel with a 25 kg trolley because most of the time, you do not. This way, you can save something like 50-80 euro/$ that you can spend to have fun while travelling.
15. Look for accommodation on as many websites as you can:
Look for as many as possible ways to get cheap accommodation. I usually open my favourite accommodation websites like Agoda, Booking, Expedia, Hotellook, Skyscanner, Hostelworld, Trip.com, and Tripadvisor.
They are all great websites. They offer very affordable accommodations with free wifi, a kitchen or breakfast included most of the time.
16. Be willing to share accommodation:
If you want to find the cheapest accommodation while travelling alone (or even with your friends), a Hostel is what you are looking for.
They can be very friendly, clean, organized, and located in the city centre to save money on transport. You need to look for them on Hostelworld, check the recent reviews, cleanliness, safety etc., and you will love your stay.
Keep in mind that for every place I wrote about, I also created an article with the cheapest accommodation in that destination. So check them out in Destination. Let me help you to travel on a budget!
Use the widget down below to find the best Hostel for your vacation!
Tip: I know it can be scary to stay in a Hostel for the first time, I had many doubts about it before booking my first one too. But I always booked the best rated and I must say that I loved it.
I always ended up meeting so many other travellers that I was never alone, and we planned to visit the place we were together.
17. Hostels offer free food sometimes:
Another idea for travel on a budget is to find ways to eat cheap or for free.