Are you ever scrolling on Instagram, looking at the amazing people traveling? That's me!
Sometimes, it seems like they have unlimited funds to travel around the world to amazing destinations. And maybe they do.
But, traveling doesn't have to be expensive. It can be fun AND cheap. As long as you plan well ahead of time, traveling can be in your future.
Here are 5 tips for traveling on a budget:
CHOOSE CHEAP DESTINATIONS
If you're traveling on a budget, don't go to places like Singapore, Paris, or Edinburgh. Try other spots such as Bangkok and Prague.
To help minimise costs, you could look at websites, such as Skyscanner, for cheap flights.
AVOID STAYING AT HOTELS
OPTION 1: HOSTELS
Hostels are a cost-effective alternative to hotels where you usually share a room with other people. Staying in a hostel is a great way to meet other travelers and make new friends.
Hostels are (mostly) inexpensive and a great place to rest while you're traveling.
OPTION 2: COUCH SURFING
If you're looking for free places to stay, try couch surfing. Couch surfing is pretty self-explanatory - you'll be staying on stranger's 'couches'. As long as you're careful, this option is great for people who don't really care where they stay.
OPTION 3: WORK INTERNATIONALLY
Websites, like Work Away, are great for finding work overseas. Usually, you work or volunteer 3-6 hours a day in exchange for food and lodging, so definitely check this option out!
If you're interested in staying in one place for a longer period of time, housesitting can be a great option, too. You'll just be taking care of someone's house while they're away. I personally know people who have done this and absolutely love it!
STOP VISITING TOURIST TRAPS
If you really want to get a feel for the culture and save money, avoid the big tourist trap restaurants and bars. This can take some research, but it's worth it when you find a great local restaurant or bar.
Also, try asking some locals for the best spots in town. Research using Google. Scan Yelp. Do anything you can to find the cheapest and best places to eat rather than the touristy places that most visitors will go to.
TAKE YOUR TIME
Looking for flights may be super difficult, even if you're using Skyscanner, so driving or taking a train may be excellent alternative options.
Try and find other methods of transportation that can be less expensive but take longer.
FOCUS ON THE EXPERIENCE
Try and be mindful of your experiences while traveling. Focus on living in the moment and enjoying your time as opposed to buying material goods that you may lose eventually or forget you have in your collection.
Ways to be more mindful:
- Keep a journal
- Put down your phone
- Watch the world around you
Traveling on a budget can be hard, but I promise you it's not impossible! Focus on making great memories instead of worrying about money issues.
As long as you are open-minded and willing to try new things, traveling on a budget can be amazing!
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt