Traveling doesn’t have to be nearly as expensive as most make it out be. As long as you do your research and studying beforehand, you can learn all the ways to get the most out of traveling with a limited budget.
Being only 22 years old, I have visited many different places in the US and around the world. Due to this, many often ask me how I do it and mention how they wish they could do it too. If I can do it, it’s very much possible for others around me to do it as well.
The number one piece of advice I always give my friends is to save as much money as possible and educate themselves on not only how to save money and budget, but to also learn tips and tricks of the trade of traveling.
1. Travel to the city or country when it’s not full of tourists.
This will make everything considerably cheaper, since these places aren’t expecting tourists. This will also be the time most tickets and trip packages are plenty cheaper, since as I mentioned earlier, most of these companies aren’t expecting tourists to come in and it’s their low season.
2. Search for cheaper dates.
Try booking a trip on different days, weeks, or even months depending on how much time you have. You can see how much you will save at different times. If the price keeps decreasing, don’t press your luck and wait for it to keep decreasing. Go with a price that is in your budget, and purchase it before it’s too late.
3. Make sure to always be flexible whenever possible.
This will almost always save you money on transportation costs, and other related activities. This may even save you money on a trip package. If you are couch-surfing (which I’ve talked plenty about as well), keeping you dates flexible will give you a better chance at being selected by a host because they can be flexible as well.
Do a little bit of walking and get lost (as long as the area/city you are in safe or relatively safe). This allows you to truly experience the city, and get a feel for the area you are in. You might pass your favorite new store or restaurant without needing the help of social media or internet.
5. Visit unknown places.
Some of the best places to visit are in cities and areas that no one has never even heard of. The areas that aren’t filled with tourists are the real parts of the city, which usually bring out the locals, and lets you experience the culture that you wouldn’t get if you were surrounded by tourists in highly populated city.
Have you participated in any of the above methods of saving money while traveling? What other ways can you save money while traveling?