It’s something every world traveler thinks about; how do you save those extra few dollars or euros while out there on the road? Well, it can be hard to do, especially if you’re trying to see every single attraction a city has to offer. However, there are a few ways you can save some cash throughout your travel adventure.
1. Hostels are a Travelers Best Friend
Yes, it isn’t the most
All and all, hostels are a 50/50 shot. You’ll either win the lottery and be up all night with new friends, drinking and laughing the night away, or you’ll be up all night because the guy in the
2. Cook your own food!
Look, everyone dreams of going on the amazing tour through the city of Paris or Rome or Tokyo and eating all the amazing food from all the top-of-the-line restaurants, but chances are unless you’re Anthony Bourdain, you can’t afford to do so. So how do you get the same experience without the cost? Buy your own food from a local grocer and cook it yourself! All the
And if it all goes wrong, and you end up burning the dish, or overcooking the chicken or whatever the problem may be, at least at the end of the day you’ll have a story to tell!
3. A Free Museum is Better than a £20 Museum
Yes, I know you want to go into The Louvre to see the Mona Lisa, but there are ways to do so without paying the ridiculous entrance fee. They have student days and on
4. Couchsurfing is a Great way to make new friends
If you haven’t heard of it yet, well now you know; there is a service out there called “Couchsurfing” where people open their homes to travelers for a free night’s stay. You may have to help out with cooking dinner or with a few chores around the house, but it’s honestly one of the coolest ways to meet new people in a country you’ve never visited. Often times, the hosts will be just as excited to have someone staying with them as the “Couch surfer” is to have a place to stay.
Couchsurfing is not just a way of avoiding paying for a hotel or hostel
A fun story from one of my own Couchsurfing experience, I was in Paris for a week, but I had not booked a place to stay. I thought upon arrival that I’d be able to just walk into a hostel and grab a bunk, but as chance would have it everywhere was booked up solid. Even most of the cheap hotels had no room to spare, so I turned to this new app I had downloaded called “Couchsurfing”. I opened it up created an account, and posted a notice that I was a traveler who had just come from the UK and was in need of a place to stay for just a night or two until a room in a hostel opened up. I waited a little while, walking
At the end of the day, the local transportation is what all the LOCALS are using! It’ll get you where you need to
6. Make friends with the locals
There’s no secret that no matter where you go in the world, the best people to ask for recommendations are the locals. They’re the ones who will be able to tell you about cool restaurants and bars to visit, or interesting sights to see. And once you know where the locals go, you can avoid all the tourist traps that are out there! Living like a local in any country is much preferred to living like a tourist.
Plus, locals will tell you all about the hidden destinations to visit; when I was in Toronto this past December, it was two local bartenders who gave me all the recommendations on where to eat, what to see, and most importantly where to get cheap drinks! That advice alone probably ended up saving me quite a pretty penny on the trip as a whole, and it was something that wasn’t even planned from the start! Getting to know the locals in any city will open up doors to see what the city or country is really like, and if you can do that all while saving money, well then that’s just a win-win.
Carpe Diem Amigos and Bon Voyage!
Guest BloggerI am a world nomad, I wander the Earth in search of adventure and experience. I look for every opportunity to meet new people, try new things, and experience new cultures; whether I’m abroad in some country somewhere or back home in the USA. It’s safe to say I’m nowhere near done traveling yet. It’s a love affair, one that’s extremely hard to kick. But no matter what I’m working on, where I’m living, or how much money I may or may not have, I’ll always make time for travel.
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