Traveling is a great way to see the world, but it can get pretty expensive. Fortunately, you can still travel the world on a budget by being creative and taking advantage of all the free things available to travelers around the globe.
How to start
Start with a trip you have always wanted to take. Research your destination and set a budget. Plan your trip, book your flight and accommodation and add in activities like tours or day trips that interest you. Once this is done, book all of the food and drink (and transport if necessary) for your entire stay including transportation from the airport/train station/bus stop into town.
Get your flights for free
Getting your flights for free is one of the best ways to travel on a budget. It’s also one of the easiest ways, as long as you know where to look.
There are three main ways to get free flights:
- Register with an airline miles program and use their miles to book flights (or hotels). You can also transfer points from credit cards that offer rewards points. This is probably the most common way people get their flights for free because there are so many different airlines that offer frequent flyer programs and they’re easy enough to join–you can even earn miles just by using certain credit cards!
- Use reward websites like PointsPrizes or Travel Freely which offer rewards based on how much time and effort you spend doing things like taking surveys or trying out new products/services offered by partner companies (they’ll pay in cash instead of airline miles). Although these sites aren’t always reliable when paying out prizes due to fraud concerns among other reasons (see above link), if everything goes smoothly then this could be a great option since it doesn’t require any additional effort from yourself besides signing up once per year before December 31st (which also means no annual fees!).
Stay for free
- Find a couchsurfing host. Couchsurfing is a community of travelers who share their homes with each other. You can find hosts in your destination city and possibly even meet them before you arrive.
- Look for free or cheap accommodation in hostels, hotels and B&Bs. Many hostels offer free accommodation if you’re willing to work around their hours of operation (usually washing dishes or cleaning), or stay for less than two nights (which means fewer cleaning duties). Hotels may also offer free WiFi and breakfast as part of their rates; inquire about these extras when booking your room online.*
Eat for a bargain
If you’re looking to save money while traveling, eating out can be one of the most expensive parts of your trip. To save money on food while traveling, try these tips:
- Eat in local restaurants. If there are any nearby restaurants that are known for being inexpensive or serving traditional dishes from the area, try them out! You’ll get to experience authentic food and culture at an affordable price point.
- Eat where the locals eat. In many cities around the world (especially those with large immigrant populations), there are certain neighborhoods where restaurants serve dishes from specific countries–and they’re often cheaper than other places around town because they’re frequented by tourists who don’t know any better! If you want some delicious Filipino food and don’t mind missing out on touristy attractions like Times Square or Central Park during your visit to New York City next month…why not head over there? You might find yourself saving hundreds of dollars just by eating at one place instead of another nearby spot that costs more but doesn’t offer anything different from what else is available elsewhere in Manhattan anyway.”
Stay productive and entertained on the road
- Bring a laptop or tablet. If you have a portable device, this is the easiest way to stay productive and entertained on the road. You can use it for work or entertainment purposes (Netflix, anyone?).
- Use your smart phone as an alternative to bringing a computer with you if space is limited in your bag. You can also use it as an alarm clock if necessary!
- Bring along a portable wifi hotspot; this will allow multiple devices to connect at once so everyone can use their electronics without having to fight over bandwidth or power outlets at hostels/hotels etcetera.”
You can travel the world on a budget if you are creative.
If you’re looking to travel but don’t want to go too far, there are plenty of options that won’t cost much. You can stay at home and travel within your own country, or even within your own state or city. If this is still too much of a commitment for you, then perhaps consider staying in one place and exploring nearby neighborhoods or cities instead!
If all else fails, there’s always another option: staying at home!
As you can see, traveling on a budget is not as difficult as it seems. There are many ways to save money while traveling, and we hope the tips we shared today will help inspire you to explore the world!