I travel A LOT. I love travelling because not only does it mean that I get to relax, but it also opens up my thinking. When I talk with people about travelling, I usually get two reactions, “How can you afford to travel so much?” and “Must be nice to have so much money for travel.” Both of these comments perpetuate the myth that all travel is expensive. IT’S NOT! You don’t have to get into debt to take a vacation and you should never think about it! To get you inspired, I put together 10 tips for travelling the world that will help you plan your next adventure on a budget.
Go to cheap countries. There are lots of cheap countries to travel to around the world if you’re on a budget. All you have to do is do your research well. Instead of the normal destinations such as Paris, the Maldives etc. choose unconventional destinations.
Cheap countries in Asia: Vietnam, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia
Cheap countries in and near Europe: Baltic States, Romania, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Turkey, Morocco
Cheap countries in the Americas: Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Argentina, Cuba.
Fly on off-days. To really get great deals when travelling on a budget, book flights on off days. During these days, flights are cheaper. If it’s a domestic flight you’re after, Friday is the best day to depart, while Monday is the best day to return. International departures tend to be cheaper on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while returns are lowest on Monday. Flights are the most expensive on Saturdays and Sundays.
Don’t exchange money at the airport. To get the best exchange rates, use an ATM to pull out local currency or just pay with a credit card (if your card offers no foreign transaction fees).
Follow your friends. We all have friends across the globe, they just may not be our best friends…yet! If you want to take an epic trip next year, search your brain (and Facebook) for old friends and acquaintances who may want to host you (or let you stay in their house while they’re on vacation). This will save you tons of money on accommodation and even meals!
Pick the right season. Popular travel destinations are drastically cheaper in the off-season. Think Italy in the winter, Hawaii and Florida in the summer, and SouthEast Asia during monsoon season. This is a tip that’s known by many travellers who are on budgets.
Rent an apartment. Week-long apartment rentals are usually cheaper than hotels and give you the option of cooking your own food, saving you even more money.
Eat away from tourist streets. In some cities, you can walk a few blocks out of the tourist area and buy the same exact meal for a more cheaper price than what you just saw.
Talk to the locals. Don’t be afraid to ask locals about the best and cheapest options for restaurants, lodging and entertainment. Not only do they know the best spots, they know all the hacks for enjoying them on the cheap! Be careful though, some countries are known for cons!
What other tips do you think I missed? Let me know in the comments section!