9 Tips On How to Save Money When You Travel

9 Tips On How to Save Money When You Travel

It’s easy to just show up somewhere when you’re backpacking and have no idea much money you’ll be spending, especially when you travel to less expensive destinations, like Thailand. It’s so important to be able to stay within your budget while still being able to have a great time!

 

 

  1. Travel During the Low Season

     

  2. When you travel during the low season, you’ll not only have to deal with less tourists, but accommodation will be much more available and less expensive.  When I went trekking in the Annapurnas in Nepal during monsoon season in June/July last year, all the guesthouses and hostels were much cheaper than they would have been during peak season. Most of the guesthouses during low season cost just $1 a day, whereas in peak season it would have cost around $5 for the same room. Being in the Himalayas during the low season was a totally out of this world experience! You can walk for miles in and not see a single soul. Another time I traveled during the low season was when I went to Paris in January. There was hardly even a single line at the Louvre.

 

  1. Awesome views during monsoon season in Pokhara, Nepal

     

    Tilicho lake (World’s highest lake at 4,919 meters) – Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

     

  1. Skip Out On the Extra Comforts

  2. You can save a lot by taking cheaper modes of transportation such as the local bus or train, especially if you’re traveling for a longer period of time. In India, you can take the local or government bus instead of the sleeper or A/C bus. I took the local bus, and it was the difference of 20 cents versus $20. Yeah, it was an uncomfortable ride and it took a lot more time, but I managed to save more money by skipping out on the comforts of the sleeper bus. I also traveled to Paris from London by bus. It was an overnight journey, and we had to get out of the bus in the middle of the night and hop on a ferry, but it was a much cheaper option than taking the Eurostar train.

 

  1. Nepal is still beautiful in low season
  1. Eating street food in Vietnam for under 50 cents – And the ingredients are even better than in restaurants
  2. Book Your Flights From These Sites

     

    Personally I always use multiple sites when searching for flights. I like to use Kayak and Skyscanner the most when searching for cheap flights. When traveling in Asia, sometimes it’s cheaper to book the flight directly from the airlines website. One of the most common and budget friendly airlines in Asia is AirAsia. It’s best to choose flights with multiple connecting flights, because those usually cost less.

  1. Travel to Less Expensive Destinations

     

    You can stretch your money much more when traveling to the budget destinations of the world. It’s always less expensive to travel to somewhere like SE Asia compared to countries in Western Europe or North America. My personal favorite region to travel is SE Asia (Which is where I’m currently living!) because of its diverse landscapes and cultures, and also with it being known as having some of the cheapest travel destinations in the world. 

    In some of the backpacker’s destinations of the world, you can easily get by for under $30 a day. You can check out the 2017 Backpacker’s Index for the cheapest destinations to travel in Asia. Based on my experiences backpacking in Nepal, India, and SE Asia for 8 months, I found Vietnam to be the cheapest country to travel. Where else in the world can you buy beer (Bia) for just 20 cents?

 

Koh Phi Phi island, Thailand

 

Teafields in Munnar, India during monsoon season – it as a real adventure being able to drive a motorbike all along these trails in the misty rains

 

 

  1. Work Where You Want to Travel

     

    There are so many work opportunities you can find when you’re traveling, you just need to look out for them. You can pick up some work at the hostel you’re staying at by working the front desk and checking people in, or bar tending. You could also teach English if you have your TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate, and some countries such as Vietnam don’t even require this to be able to teach. You could also work as a nanny or what’s known as an “Au Pair” in your city of choice. An Au Pair is basically a live-in nanny hired by a family to help out with their kids in exchange for room, board, and a weekly income. This kind of job allows you to live in a foreign country, learn a new language, and experience the culture first hand while making money.

    You can also use your talents and try out what’s known as “busking” in the streets to make some money from tourists. So, grab an instrument, microphone, or anything else you need, pick a spot with lots of tourists, and show the world your talents! There are also lots of seasonal jobs available. I’ve met many travelers who work seasonally, spending part of the year earning money and then traveling again for months at a time. There are lots backpackers I’ve met in SE Asia who take up seasonal fruit picking jobs so they can travel to Australia. You can check out some seasonal jobs here.

     

    Will Busk for Travel

     

    Seasonal fruit picking is a great option to be able to work while you travel
  1. Look For Cheaper Accommodation

     

     

    You can check out Couchsurfing and stay in a hosts home for free. The good thing about Couchsurfing is that it provides references from people who’ve stayed with that person so you can see reviews from others. You can also stay in an Airbnb rental if you’re planning on staying for longer than a week, since it would be much cheaper than a hotel. You can Click here to earn $25 of free Airbnb travel credit! Some other budget options are guesthouses and backpacker’s hostels. Lots of backpacker hostels will allow you to stay for free if you agree to work for them. One useful site to use when booking accommodation in Asia is Agoda, which is less expensive than other online booking sites.

    Another great site to find cheap accomodation is Hostel World, where I could always find the cleanest and cheapest dorm rooms available. One of my most favorite hostels I’ve stayed at is Freehand in Miami. It’s home to one of the highest ranked mixology bars in the world, the Broken Shaker. I used to stay here before I found my apartment in Miami, and I have so many fond memories of meeting other travelers from every imaginable corner of the world! Something to keep in mind is that sometimes booking your accomodation in advance doesn’t always work out to be cheaper in places like India and SE Asia, where it’s actually better to show up at the place in person and negotiate the price so you can get the best deal. Sometimes they’ll lower the price if you agree to stay there longer than a few days.

 

My favorite hostel in Miami  – Freehand 
  1. Spend More Time in One Place

    You’ll save a lot on transportation costs, and you’ll be able to thoroughly enjoy the places you’re traveling. When I was traveling in Vietnam, I ended up staying in this amazing town called Da Lat for almost two weeks! I ended up staying much longer than I’d originally planned, but it gave me the time to really enjoy the surroundings and save on transportation costs. I also got to meet some of the coolest locals here and this is one place I’ll always come back and visit.

 

Sunset at one of my most favorite places on Earth – Da Lat, Vietnam

 

                                      The best and cheapest way to get around India

  1. Avoid the Tourist Traps

     

    Look for more off the beaten track places where tourists don’t go. Chances are that you’ll find better food, more locals, and cheaper prices. It’s always good to know where the locals go in any given place, since they would know about lots of places tourists wouldn’t have a clue about.

 

If you veer off the tourist path you might just run into something as cool as this – Man piercing himself with needles for Thaipusam Hindu festival in Yangon, Myanmar
  1. Colorful temples in Vietnam

 

  1. Find Free Things to Do

    From exploring local markets, to museums, free Meetup events, Couchsurfing meetups, free walking tours, parks, outdoors concerts and fairs, the options for free things to do are endless! You can also bring your student ID along with you to museums and other places that offer student discounts. Here’s a list of free things to do in Miami, the city where I’m from.

 

Head to the beach at Koh Phi Phi islands in Thailand to see pristine blue waters and still stay within your budget!

 

Do. It. Now.

 

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13 thoughts on “9 Tips On How to Save Money When You Travel

  1. This blog is so awesome Blossom. I am so happy and proud of you. Your enjoying life to its fullest. I look forward to reading and learning about more of your adventures.

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    1. Hi there! 🙂

      Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed reading my blog!! To be honest, I’m not sure about a plug in for twitter updates, as I haven’t installed anything like that in my own blog. I’ll let you know if I find anything!

      Cheers,

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  3. Great tips. In Addition to SE Asia, it’s quite affordable to travel around certain parts of central and south america as well. Although, word for the wise, the weather in Bogota during down season is not so nice 🙁

    1. Hi there!

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you found my article helpful 🙂

      It is definitely affordable to travel in those regions of the world. I’d love to travel to Bolivia one day! What’s next on your travel agenda?

      Cheers,

      Blossom

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