How to save money while traveling?
9 Tips On How to Save Money When You Travel
1. Travel During the Low Season
2. Skip Out On the Extra Comforts
3. Book Your Flights From These Sites
4. Travel to Less Expensive Destinations
You can stretch your money much more when traveling to the budget destinations of the world. It’s always less expensive to travel to somewhere like SE Asia compared to countries in Western Europe or North America. My personal favorite region to travel to is SE Asia (Which is where I’m currently living!) because of its diverse landscapes and cultures, and also with it being known as having some of the cheapest travel destinations in the world.
In some of the backpacker’s destinations of the world, you can easily get by for under $30 a day. You can check out the 2017 Backpacker’s Index for the cheapest destinations to travel in Asia.
5. Work Where You Want to Travel
There are so many work opportunities you can find when you’re traveling, you just need to look out for them. You can pick up some work at the hostel you’re staying at by working the front desk and checking people in or bartending. You could also teach English if you have your TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate, and some countries such as Vietnam don’t even require this to be able to teach. You could also work as a nanny or what’s known as an “Au Pair” in your city of choice. An Au Pair is basically a live-in nanny hired by a family to help out with their kids in exchange for room, board, and a weekly income. This kind of job allows you to live in a foreign country, learn a new language, and experience the culture firsthand while making money.
Use your talents and try out what’s known as “busking” in the streets to make some money from tourists. So, grab an instrument, microphone, or anything else you need, pick a spot with lots of tourists, and show the world your talents! There are also lots of seasonal jobs available. I’ve met many travelers who work seasonally, spending part of the year earning money and then traveling again for months at a time. There are lots backpackers I’ve met in SE Asia who take up seasonal fruit picking jobs so they can travel to Australia. You can check out some seasonal jobs here.
6. Look For Cheaper Accommodation
Check out Couchsurfing and stay in a hosts home for free. The good thing about Couchsurfing is that it provides references from people who’ve stayed with that person so you can see reviews from others.
You can also stay in an Airbnb rental if you’re planning on staying for longer than a week since it would be much cheaper than a hotel. You can Click here to earn $25 of free Airbnb travel credit! Some other budget options are guesthouses and backpacker’s hostels. Lots of backpacker hostels will allow you to stay for free if you agree to work for them. One useful site to use when booking accommodation in Asia is Agoda, which is less expensive than other online booking sites.
Another great site to find cheap accommodation is Hostel World, where I could always find the cleanest and cheapest dorm rooms available. One of my most favorite hostels I’ve stayed at is Freehand in Miami. It’s home to one of the highest ranked mixology bars in the world, the Broken Shaker. I used to stay here before I found my apartment in Miami, and I have so many fond memories of meeting other travelers from every imaginable corner of the world!
7. Spend More Time in One Place
You’ll save a lot on transportation costs, and you’ll be able to thoroughly enjoy the places you’re traveling. When I was traveling in Vietnam, I ended up staying in this amazing town called Da Lat for almost two weeks!
I ended up staying much longer than I’d originally planned, but it gave me the time to really enjoy the surroundings and save on transportation costs. I also got to meet some of the coolest locals here and this is one place I’ll always come back and visit. FACT.
8. Avoid the Tourist Traps
Look for more off the beaten track places where tourists don’t go. Chances are that you’ll find better food, more locals, and cheaper prices. It’s always good to know where the locals go in any given place since they would know about lots of places tourists wouldn’t have a clue about
9. Find Free Things to Do
From exploring local markets to museums, free Meetup events, Couchsurfing meetups, free walking tours, parks, outdoor concerts and fairs, the options for free things to do are endless! You can also bring your student ID along with you to museums and other places that offer student discounts. Here’s a list of free things to do in Miami, the city where I’m from.
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