Tips For Traveling On A Budget
Every penny counts when you’re traveling on a budget. Get the most out of your trip with these money-saving pointers.
By Jonathan Hackman
Whether you want to see the world or you just have one dream location in mind, your finances (or lack thereof) might fill you with angst about ever making it there. But there are plenty of people who make traveling on a budget work. All it takes is some prep work and you can greatly reduce the amount of money you’ll need to get by on.
First, when you are interested in traveling on a budget, make sure that you consider where you’re staying. The cheapest option that you can choose is the hostel. And that doesn’t necessarily make it the worst option, either. You can meet other travelers who can give you info on your surroundings that hotel concierges may not know about. You just have to be willing to pitch in to help with the chores and maintenance if asked.
You should also consider mass transit passes instead of a car rental. When you know that you are going to be in a certain location for a while, look up the mass transit options. Europe, for example, has extensive rail systems that can get you where you want to go.
Skip the restaurants and instead look for food from local markets. In some countries, you have to be worried about food contamination, so do your research online before testing the waters … or sushi.
Consider staying with friends or family. Just make sure you give them notice and that there’s room for you to crash. Simply tell them that you’re traveling on a budget and it’d be doing you a favor. Above all, you’ll save money and may get to reconnect with an old friend.