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How to Travel on a Budget

There is a common myth that travelling is expensive, but that is not always the case. If you 

can't live without caviar and room service, of course, it's going to be expensive, but for the 

rest of us people in the world travelling cheap is easy to do. It is just about planning and 

taking the right steps. The more you can budget when you travel, the longer you can 

travel for. You must decide if you would prefer two weeks of luxury or six months of being 


Create A Daily Budget 

The key to travelling for an extended amount of time is budgeting. You need to take how 

much you have saved and divide it by how many days you want to travel. By doing so you 

can work out a daily budget.

Search For A Low Airfare

With a few extra stopovers on a flight, you could save hundreds of dollars. Searching for 

flights regularly and at least six months ahead of departure will generally get you the best 


Take Buses Instead Of Flights 

In many destinations, you can take cheap quality buses instead of flights. They have low 

priced buses in most destinations around the world. It is just a matter of doing your 

research and finding the bus stop.  

Make Your Own Food

Of course part of the reason we travel is to try the delicious food different cultures have to 

offer. But that doesn't mean you have to eat out three times a day. Try to book 

accommodation that has cooking facilities available and then check out the local markets 

where you can get cheap food. Even just cooking breakfast or lunch at home can lead to 

savings of 3-10 dollars a day. 

Don't Book Accommodation in Advance

If your travelling long term, only book the first night or two in advance. Sure it may not work 

out sometimes, but there is nothing worse than having a fixed itinerary and then finding 

your favourite spot in the world halfway through the trip. You become torn between not 

losing the money on what you pre-booked or leaving a spot that you enjoy. 

Negotiate Accommodation

Book in for a night or two and see if you like the place first. If you do stay longer, if not you 

are ready to go find someplace you prefer without a hassle. If you want to start longer go 

and negotiate a better deal at the front desk. This technique only works when travelling to 

spots with higher levels of vacancy. 

Book Long Term Accommodation 

Generally, if you are going to stay at your accommodation for one week or less, you will be 

given a nightly rate. If you are going to stay longer you can usually negotiate a better rate. 

Pack Things You May Need That Are Expensive Overseas

Plan ahead and look into the cost/availability of items where you plan to go. Good 

sunscreen is expensive overseas, but cheap at home. If you're going on a surf trip, it 

might be cheaper to buy a used board at home. (If it is free in your checked baggage.) 

Don't Be Cheap On Adventures

Sure cut out a few drinks and cook some of your own food but when you arrive in a place 

with lots to do just take the plunge. All that money you save elsewhere gives you the 

freedom to enjoy the tours, hikes and adventures available. You're not going to remember 

the beer you drank in ten years but you will remember the volcano you climbed. 

Woofing and Farmwork

Working on a farm for free accommodation and meals is a great way to extend your travels. 

There are a few websites that you can use to find farms, one I have had success with is 

called workaway.org. There was a twenty-dollar fee to sign up, but it paid for itself almost 

immediately when we found long term places to live for free. 

Get a Job Overseas

If you really want to see the world and get to know other cultures, why not consider getting 

job. To do so you apply for a work-travel visa if it is available in the country you want to 

stay in. Then when the bills are paid you can spend the rest of your time having fun and 

exploring a new country.