Budget traveling is the best kind of traveling. You can stretch out your trip more, see more of what your destination has to offer, and have the most fun! After all, the best things in life are free.
Budget travel, in my experience, is easy. You just need to know how to work it. Many people find it hard to travel without spending loads of money. But with the right resources and good education on what to do and what not to do while traveling, you can survive for a good $50 a day, or less!
For airfare, it’s simple. I always use one of three websites to plan my air travels.
Skyscanner – For when you don’t know where to go
Kayak – For when you don’t know when to go
Google Flights – For when you don’t know where or when to go
As for finding the absolute cheapest airfare, it’s easy; Go for the absolute cheapest option! Who cares if you have to stay in an airport for 10 hours. It’s saving you $100! Of course, search around, change the dates or even look at nearby airports (That’s why I like Google Flights. It does all of that for you)
Finding cheap hotels is a little easier than finding cheap flights, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. I use these resources to make sure I am being offered the absolute best price, no matter what.
Kayak – For when you want a hotel or motel
Airbnb – For when you want a bed and breakfast
Hostel World – For when you want a hostel
Couchsurfing – For when you want to spend the absolute least on accommodation!
That’s right. Although I always search on all of these, Couchsurfing is the best option for budget travel. Not only can you pocket the saved cash (Or buy another trip with it,) but you can also meet new people and experience the local culture! That’s what travel’s all about.
Again, Kayak wins. I use Kayak for rental cars as well, as it is a great resource for booking just about everything. Although I use Kayak to book the cars, Avis is my favorite car company, especially for budget travel.
My number one provider of travel insurance, World Nomads is the way to go. Affordable and accessible, they let you explore your boundaries in 130 countries, and also donate a huge amount of money to charity funds!
Once You’re There
Once you land, the best way to get around is already on you. Your feet. They’re cheap, reliable, and can let you see more of what’s around you. You don’t see as much in a car as you do on your feet. Of course, going long distances means you need a car. That’s where Uber comes in. I use them at least once a day traveling, and that’s the bare minimum. It makes it very easy to get around.
Food is the expense that destroys your budget should you give it the chance. If you eat cheap you can make it. Street food is the way to go, and although people worry about getting sick, you won’t. Also, the food is much better than anything in a restaurant.
It’s ok to spend money on vacation, just like it’s ok to have a cheat day while on a diet. But just like cheat day’s, you can’t have too many of them. There is plenty to see while traveling that’s free. Visit everything in the National Mall, for instance.
Overall, traveling on little money is easy. I proved it when I backpacked across the US for less than $2,000!