How to Travel on a Shoe String Budget


Everyone wants to travel to far off destinations while having enough saved to maximize on those experiences. Unfortunately, there is always that lingering thought about how deep a hole you are making every time you spend money on your travels.

The great thing is that with the proper information and researching the most affordable places to stay, you can travel on a shoestring budget. Let’s discover more!

  1.    Accommodation

You don’t have to go to 5-star hotel accommodation and prices. You can still find cheap accommodation during your travels. All you need is a little know how.

One of the best ways is to choose hostels and guesthouses. However, you will need to manage your expectations since often such cheap places will not come with the best locations or cleanliness.

On the other hand, you will meet other budget travelers just like you with whom you can share ideas.

  1.    Transport

One of the trickiest parts of budget traveling is getting cheap flights. However, by making use of fare comparing websites, it is possible to get the best rates. What’s more, some of these websites will send you a notification in case of a drop in prices.

A good skill to have is to be flexible. Don’t be afraid to make some necessary changes or tweaks to your plans to lower the costs. An example is to book flights well before your trip date.

Perfect your packing skills and carry only the essentials. This means less luggage and fewer costs.

When you get to your destination, a cheap way to move about is through public transport. You could even rent a bicycle.

  1.    The food

One of the areas where you can save money considerably is by eating as the locals eat. Stay away from posh restaurants and choose the local diners instead.  In fact, you will find a hotel at most hostels that sell affordable food.

Simple locations are cheap and offer plenty of food for the little cost.

What we are saying here is, avoid tourist hotspots and eating destinations.

  1.    The activities

If you can find free activities that are a lot of fun, then, by all means, take advantage. You’d be surprised at how simple they are to find.

Walking around the city and taking in all the sights is a great way to save some money. Engage with the locals and who knows, they might just take you to a cool swimming spot by the river.

  1.    Use cash wisely

Banks are important and we definitely need them to make transactions. However, too many of these transactions and the costs might pile up enough to put a strain on your finances. When you are in another country, the ATM costs might be considerably more than you would expect back at home.

The best thing is to withdraw bigger amounts of cash and using it for your daily expenses when you travel.

All you need is to be savvy and it’s not very hard to travel the world on shoestring budget.


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