How to Travel Cheap: Best Tips for Traveling on a Budget

//How to Travel Cheap: Best Tips for Traveling on a Budget

How to Travel Cheap: Best Tips for Traveling on a Budget

If your wanderlust is larger than your bank account, you’re in good company. Many of us would travel the world many times over if we could only afford to. But when you start sticking to a budget, saving money becomes something of an addiction. After all, every penny saved is a penny you can use towards your next vacation.

Here are some tips for traveling on a budget.

Group of funny piggy banks as a simbol for cheap traffeling

Group of funny piggy banks as a simbol for cheap traffeling

Travel light

Whether you’re planning on taking a plane, train or automobile, it’s a good idea to travel light. If nothing else, you’ll save your sanity. But if you’re traveling by plane, extra baggage can cost you big time.

If you can get away with nothing more than a carryon, that makes the best financial sense. And on many flights, they’ll even offer to check your carryon plane-side for free, which is an excellent option if you don’t want to lug it around.

Save money on food and snacks

If you’re on a budget, never buy food at the airport or train station. The same goes for in-flight or onboard. When you’re part of a captive audience, you know you’re going to pay a premium for food and drinks. Always bring some travel-friendly food and snacks – even if you think you’re not going to be hungry. You never know when there will be delays and it’s best to be prepared.

Without beeing used to it you can’t exactly take your water on a flight, but you can get a portable water bottle with a built-in filter. You should be able to find a water fountain almost anywhere you go. It may sound like a small thing, but $2 waters can add up over the course of a vacation.

And while you’re on vacation, save money on food by attending events that include food as part of the experience. You may even get to attend an event like a gallery opening, convention or grand opening event for free.

Calculating the budget

Calculating the budget

Stay without paying

Lodging is one of the biggest travel expenses, so this is a great place to save money. If you’re willing to put in a little elbow grease, there are even places you can stay for free. Look for volunteer opportunities in an area where you want to vacation. You can work with children, animals, agriculture or constructing buildings. There are volunteer vacations to correspond with virtually any interest, and lodging costs may be free or discounted.

Consider traveling to your flight

When your budget is tight, you may want to swap convenience for dollars. Sometimes, the cheapest flights may be in the next city over. And if that city is within a reasonable drive, you can save some cash by traveling to your flight. For example, you may get a cheaper flight out of Newark than John F. Kennedy airport in New York.

And sometimes, you can save even more by flying out of one airport and flying back into a different one. Remain flexible and look for flights on a comparison site like Kayak or Expedia to view all your options.

How can you save mony during jour trip

How can you save mony during jour trip

Prepare your vehicle

Whether you’re driving to the airport or on a cross-country trek, you’ll want to ensure you get there. Making sure your car is okay to handle the trip is an important step. Make sure to get your vehicle serviced on time and take care of any repairs it may need. It’ll be a lot cheaper to perform the maintenance upfront than to handle repair costs later. Fixing a problem is always more expensive than preventing one.

Take alternate methods of transportation

Planes, trains and automobiles can all be expensive. But if you’re really looking to save money, consider taking alternate method of transportation. Walking, hiking and hitchhiking are all great ways to get around. But if you hitchhike, be sure to take safety precautions. If something feels off, don’t get into the car.

Get a room with a kitchen

Forget about the view. If you want to save money, get a room with a kitchen and a refrigerator. You can save a great deal of money by cooking your own meals every night instead of eating at restaurants. You may pay a bit extra for the room, but the saving should be substantial enough that it makes sense. In a pinch, you can get by for a short time with just a microwave, but a full kitchen is better for more extended stays.

How long does the money last?

How long does the money last?

Stay outside the city

If you’re going to be visiting a large city, consider staying in a nearby suburb. You’ll pay a premium for hotel rooms in popular locations, but if you travel twenty minutes outside of the city, you can save a lot of money. Investigate your options before you make a decision, but you may want to broaden your search to save the most money.

Consider renting an apartment

If you’re traveling with teenagers or other adults, you may be able to save money by renting an apartment instead of getting multiple rooms in a hotel. Start by checking out rentals on Airbnb to see what the prices are like.

Travel off-season

Every destination has a popular season, even those that have mild temperatures year-round. Research the ideal times to visit your desired destination and consider going in an offseason. Just keep in mind that this isn’t always a good idea. For example, you’ll probably want to avoid monsoon season in Thailand (or even Arizona). Hurricane seasons are also a risk, but they are one that many people take. If you’re planning to travel during a potentially dangerous season, consider booking your trip at the last minute, so you can evaluate the weather before you book.

Trying to keep the costs as low as possible

Trying to keep the costs as low as possible

Traveling on a budget is always a good idea. It’s too easy to splurge and spend way more than you anticipated, but if you follow some simple rules, you can ensure the well won’t run dry before your trip ends.

Heiko Gärtner und Franz von Bujor sind ausgebildete Survivalexperten und Extremjournalisten. Seit 2014 wandern sie zu Fuß und ohne Geld um die Welt um auf diese Weise tiefe Einblicke in unsere Gesellschaft mit all ihren Facetten, Kulturen und Systemen zu bekommen. Als Medizinjournalisten sind sie unter anderem Mitglieder des Deutschen Fachjournalisten Verbandes und schreiben neben Artikeln für Blogs, Zeitungen und Magazine auch Sachbücher und Ratgeber. 2013 veröffentlichten sie gemeinsam ein Grundlagenwerk über Antlitzdiagnose mit dem Titel "Krankheiten auf einen Blick erkennen". 2016 folgte ihr zweites Werk "Die natürliche Heilkraft der Bäume". Dabei handelt es sich um ein Lehrbuch, um die Grundlagen der Naturheilung zu erlernen, wie sie seit Jahrtausenden von indigenen Völkern überall auf der Welt angewendet werden. Heiko Gärtner ist zudem gelernter Natur- und Landschaftspfleger, Wildnislehrer, Hochseilgartentrainer sowie Berg- und Höhlenretter. Nach seiner Ausbildung zum Versicherungsfachwirt leitete er unter anderem Motivation und Verkaufstrainings und übernahm später eine eigene Generalagentur. Aus dieser Zeit konnte er unter anderem auch ein umfangreiches Verständnis und Wissen aus den Bereichen Versicherungsrecht, Recht im Allgemeinen, Buchhaltung, Wirtschaftsmathematik und Unternehmensführung mitnehmen. Um mehr seinem Herzensweg zu folgen, gab er seine Büro-Karriere schließlich auf, um sich zum Survivalexperten, Nationalparkranger und Wildnismentor ausbilden zu lassen. In diesem Rahmen besuchte er unter anderem Naturvölker in Neuseeland, Kanada, den USA und Thailand. Dabei gründete er unter anderem seine eigene Wildnisschule, die bis heute besteht und Ausbildungen aus dem gesamten Wildnissektor anbietet. Franz von Bujor ist studierter Kultur- und Sozialpädagoge, sowie ausgebildeter Wildnislehrer, Mediator und Erlebnispädagoge. Auf seinen vielzähligen Reisen unter anderem nach Australien und Lateinamerika sammelte er Expertenwissen im Bereich alternatives Leben und Reisen, Minimalismus, Backpacking und Work and Travel, sowie allgemein im Bereich Kunst, Kultur, Religion und Geschichte. Seit 2016 lebt er als Wandermönch.

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