Depending on the country you visit, you might usually spend in average between $35 and $50 a day. It depends on where you are, as it can be more in many places, it’s more than enough to cover food, accommodation, and activities for the day if you plan it right.
1- Rent a long term apartment.
This can save you a lot of money.
For example, weekly rentals of apartments are much more expensive than renting an apartment for a month.
Sometimes you can even find similar apartments and these apartments will all have similar prices but one rental is for one month and another is for a week.
This will extend your travel for a long time.
And it will feel as if you have your own place in the city you are traveling.
2- Not a big fan of the idea of renting an apartment?
Stay in hostels instead of hotels.
Although they offer less privacy, they will significantly reduce your travel costs and increase the time you can travel.
If you want the best of both worlds, most hostels offer private rooms, so you will get the social aspect of meeting new travelers but you will have your own private space.
Stay at a hostel with breakfast.
Almost all offer at least coffee/juice and toast, other pancakes and eggs if you are lucky.
This will eliminate the cost of a meal every day of your trip, giving you more money in your daily budget to spend.
3- Are you on a limited budget?
You will meet locals, new friends, and they will offer you space to stay in their apartment or house.
Try to build up a certain reputation in the community (if you do not have one) beforehand, because you will want to be able to trust the hosts just as they will want to trust you.
This is a great way to meet the locals in any area where you travel.
4- Travel in low season.
Obviously, this will depend on when you can travel, but traveling to a destination in low season can save a lot of money. Not only on flights, but also with accommodations.
5- Travel to budget destinations.
Although you can travel for less than you would expect from expensive destinations, you can save a lot of money by traveling to affordable destinations.
6- Cook your own food.
If you have rented an apartment, it’s easy.
If you are staying in a hostel or B&B with a kitchen in its common area, this is also a feasible option.
Who wants to cook on a trip? Sometimes I do! But if you do not want to cook, you can eat food at the cheap street.
Almost any city where you travel will have a form of cheap street food and it is usually delicious!
7- Use budget effective airlines.
In Europe and Asia, there is a handful of them and they are definitely worth using.
Sometimes they may even be cheaper than traveling in trains, so they are definitely something to consider.
8- Book your cheap airline ticket.
Book in advance or the previous night – there is no rule of thumb when you should book your plane ticket.
Although I had a lot more luck when booking in advance, sometimes you can also find last-minute deals.
9- Check price differences between all airlines.
This is very important to save your money because there are many airlines makes discounts
On tickets of flights.
Also, the changing date of flight can make big difference in money so, I advise you book your ticket before your traveling at least one month
Okay, some of you may not be entirely comfortable with this, but this can definitely save you money.
It’s also more dangerous and, in some travel destinations, this is probably not the best idea. However, this is an option!
Not from town to town, but in a city.
There is no need to constantly take public transportation from the city when you can usually walk there. It will take longer, but it will save your money.
12- Pack only one load.
How will that make you money? Well, if you want to travel on budget airlines, they usually charge additional checked bags.
Some of the most popular airlines are even charged for this.
Also, do not over-pack your carry-on. You do not want to have to pay a cancellation fee on airlines.
They are ridiculous. Even if this will not save you money, it is absolutely advisable to pack with only one carry. I always laugh when I see people trying to get on trains with 4 suitcases.
13- Do not buy unnecessary tourist jewelry.
In my opinion, they are a waste of money. I prefer to leave a destination with my experiences and my photos. These are the best memories.
14- Go where the locals go.
The locals know where to go and they will not be caught in tourist traps like you or me.
15- Do everything you can find for free.
Do some research beforehand and visit the attractions in free days if you can.
Many museums and other tourist sites offer free admission to certain days of the week or month.
Aside from attractions that typically charge fees, enjoy local beaches, waterfalls, scenic areas, and so on.
16- Bring your student ID.
Think your student ID is only good for half the movie tickets and bar offers in your university city? Think again.
Tons of places abroad will give you a student discount only to flash your university ID.
17- Sign up for e-mail notifications.
The best sales on hotels, airline tickets and activities are often without notice and slip silently into a company’s weekly newsletter.
18- Contact local tourism council
Whether you visit them in person or e-mail you before your trip, tourism boards want their visitors to see as much of their city as possible and are an excellent resource for coupons and discounts.
19- Sleeping on a trip.
If I know I have a 12-hour bus or a train ride, I always try to schedule my ride for the night.
This allows me to sleep on a trip maybe otherwise long or mundane and this saves me money at night.
20- Attend part-time presentations.
If you are willing to swap 90 minutes of your time at the beginning of your journey to listen to an insistent selling ground in order to receive a free stay in the hotel, this is a great way to save money.
21- Avoid the tourist centers and get off the beaten track.
Is there something sadder than when someone comes to visit NYC and go to Times Square to eat at Olive Garden or Bubba Gumps?
Restaurants in major tourist centers or streets are usually much more expensive than if you had simply skipped a few blocks or went to a local area.
22- Pregame before going out.
There are many people who make their trip or not, but this saves a lot of money if you drink at home before you go to a bar where drinks will be expensive.
23- Speaking of alcohol, learn the local word for “beer”.
Once I arrived in a foreign country and I was in the mood of some serious minds, but I had no idea what to order.
This accidentally led me to order a $ 30 shot. An ex-pat sitting across the bar laughed at me and told me I could just order a $ 2 beer.
I felt like an idiot and the lesson was learned: learn the local language in food and drink. This could save you some money.
24- Know the exchange rates before you go to another foreign country.
Never exchange funds in an airport, they are known to give the worst rates.
ATMs or visiting a local bank are your best options, as the rates are competitive.
Always contact your bank before traveling abroad to find out where you will be.
They will also be able to give you a head on the fees they charge for using your debit card abroad.
25- Traveling as local.
Take public transport by bus, train, rickshaw, etc.
Are excellent ways to have an authentic image of the local culture.
I have met some of the most interesting people when taking public transport and many times it is much cheaper than taking a taxi or renting a car.
26- Use Skype to call home.
Avoid ridiculous international call costs (assuming your cell phone does not provide good rates) and use Skype or Localphone to call home.
Sometimes, if you are lucky, your hostel will offer free calls to the US, which is great if you simply want to call your parents or loved ones to let them know you have done it safely.
27- Enjoy free wifi.
Just book hostels that offer free wifi or try to find a coffee with wifi in the city you are visiting.
This will save you a lot of money that you would otherwise have spent in computer cafes that charge you per minute to use their internet painfully slow.
28- Guided tours.
Unless you go into a historic neighborhood where the information and history lesson you would receive from a local guide promised, it is more cost effective to gather some travelers from your hostel who go to the same place and go together.
Do you really need to pay $50 for someone to stroll in a waterfall or another panoramic point? Probably not.
29- Sleeping in large dormitories.
Hostels are one of the best options for budget passengers, more often, more beds in a dormitory, the cheaper the room will be.
Some dormitories offer all the female showrooms or all the males, even if you are a 15 person in a room, you do not have to worry about the added inconvenience of facing the opposite sex if that worries you.
Even if you are traveling alone, you can easily find other individual travelers in your hostel who are looking for other people to do activities with.
Buying in a group or a couple can save money.
If you can not find someone in person, go to the Bootsnall or Lonely Planet online forums and connect with people this way.
31- Jump the tip.
The reversal is an American work that is not used in other parts of the world.
In some countries, tips are actually the same as an insult.
Discover before you go to a restaurant what is the norm.
You do not want to spend money on a board that is not necessary or even worse, insult the locals.
32- Ask for table water or tap.
Many times you travel abroad and ask for water in a restaurant, the waiter will bring you an expensive bottle of water.
If you are in a country that does not know how to have drinking water, then, of course, bottled water is needed.
If you know that water is safe, ask for a table or tap water, so you will not be charged.
33- Talk to residents.
The travel guides are perfect to give recommendations for times when you are brand new in a city, exhausted, and you just want to find a place to eat and sleep.
If you have the time, you should really start a conversation with locals.
Lots of time, locals can direct you to a cheap restaurant in a wall, with excellent food or a local festival or event that happens, you can never know otherwise.
Costs of travel, Traveling is as expensive or as cheap as you do.
There is no limit as to the amount you can save when traveling and you certainly do not need to be rich to travel for a long period of time.
Get out and start traveling!