You are on a shoestring budget but still want to travel? No problem. If you stick to these 7 tips on how to reduce your travel expenses, you might even end up having a little money left over.
1. Find free accommodation
If you find that even staying in hostels is still too expensive for you, try out different types of accommodation. I spent two weeks sleeping at a guy’s place who I had found over facebook – he showed me all around town, and I had the best time.
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2. Follow the locals
Make this a rule for all your travels: always go where the locals go. Not only will you get more authentic food, clothes, etc., but it will also be a lot cheaper because you won’t have to pay the “tourist tax”.
Public transport can be expensive – so if is possible, always walk. Of course you probably won’t be able to i.e. walk through Australia, but even if you just go by foot instead of taking the bus or the train every once in a while, you’ll see that the money you save will add up.
If you feel confident hitchhiking, go for it. You will save a lot of money, and even meet new (and interesting) people on the way.
Remember that this is not a safe method of transportation everywhere!
5. Use flight comparison websites
Instead of just booking your flight directly on the airline’s website, look at different flight comparison websites and select the cheapest possibility.
You don’t know any cheap flight comparison websites? Then check out this article.
6. Cook your own food instead of eating out
Eating out eats up money. If your hostel or accommodation has a kitchen or even just a hot plate, cook your own food. It will save you quite a lot of money, plus you might even meet new people while cooking.
Tip: No hot plate? Boil your eggs in the water boiler.
7. Travel in low season
This tip is pretty self-explanatory. In low season, everything is cheaper – from accommodation to many restaurants, and tourist attractions.