1. Be flexible
This is key. If you can afford to be flexible with your dates this will change your world (or your wallet!). If you are set on flying on Friday at
2. Land in a Neighbour’s Yard
Not literally – but try flying into a close by
Do keep in mind of the cost which occurs from then getting to your desired location. Also if you book two cheap flights and by the time you add up baggage and taxis, buses etc., it can sometimes be beneficial to book direct. Smaller cities and nearby cities (to major cities) do often have crazy cheap prices in a bid to get people to visit.
Also if you can avoid hotspot areas around certain times of the year – an example being Munich around Oktoberfest. Plenty of people will pay anything to get there at this time of year; I have experienced this myself when I was planning to fly into Munich for Oktoberfest.
3. Land vs. Man
If you can, avoid airports. As fun as they can be, flying is often the most expensive way to travel. Not only that but you need to give yourself much more time to allow for a smooth journey. Try taking a train or, even better, a bus. Sure it might take longer but you can save some serious coin. You also don’t have to worry so much about your luggage limit.
*My best tip – save a night on accommodation by getting a night bus. This is only for people like myself who can sleep through anything. I mean why waste a whole day just to be sitting staring at a highway for 8 hours. Another option is to use car sharing sites such as BlaBla Car or if you’re feeling brave hitchhike! (with care).
4. Shoelace Express
My new favorite expression. I have lived by this expression for some time now. It’s not always the most accessible option but if you try to stay in places where most attractions and establishments are within walking distance then you have a free ticket to the shoelace express. Not only do you get fit, save money but you also get to see sights you would never get to see if you took the metro. While walking around a city you get the best feel for it – you also get your bearings so if you happen to get lost (and if you do just go with it) then you have some idea of where you are. My trick is I load up Google Maps before I leave (when I still have Wi-Fi) and keep my phone handy so I can pull up the tracker when needed.
*Tip: If you load up the map prior with Wi-Fi then Google Maps will still track you whilst offline. You can’t search for new locations but you can follow yourself on the map.
I love getting lost in a city where I can stumble across some hidden gems – but there does come a time when pulling out that map does come in handy. So get those shoelaces tied and geared up to ride the shoelace express.
5. Eat like a Local King
You may think this can’t be done on a budget as
Another great way to save some money on food is to go to the local store and have a DIY dinner. Treat yourself to some local fresh food without the cost of the labor.
6. Make friends
Now we all need a friend sometimes. But sometimes these friends can really help you save some coin. Meeting people can not only give you great company but there are many benefits that come with having friends. There are plenty of offers that include 2 for 1 or bring a friend for half price. This entitles you to split the bill
Travelers also find themselves ditching many non-needed items
7. Learn to share
If you’re the type of person who needs their own space then
A lot of other things can also be shared to save on
8. Find the Freebies
A lot of great sights and exhibits are free if you know how to find them. Some are obvious such as natural creations and even cities like London have many free museums. But even the priced ones can sometimes be free. Some offer free entry on a specific day of the week at a certain time. Just ask the local reception or join various groups online. There are also many websites that offer discounts on entry prices and, if not, then most certainly book online ahead of time as you are sure to save some coin.
9. H2O is a Go
Water is essential – no arguments there. We all need it. But what we don’t need is to pay €3 for every bottle. The best way to avoid this is to buy one and keep hold of it. Fill it up every time you need water (make sure the check that the water is safe to drink) and stop spending all that money on
If you happen to be flying then take the empty water bottle in your bag. Once you get through security fill it up in the bathroom and avoid the daylight robbery airport prices for water.
Another trick regarding water is washing. Chances are if you take a long trip you will need to wash your clothes at some stage. Try washing certain items of clothing such as your jocks in the shower the night before and let them dry overnight, ready for you to start the day afresh.
10. Cash Exchange
The best tip I can give is to not exchange your money at the first place you see, which is generally the currency exchange at the airport. Sometimes these exchanges at the airport have a good rate but it’s best to shop around. If you need to do so exchange a little amount of money and then when you get into the center of the city try shopping around for a better deal.
Try withdrawing cash from the ATM’s (firstly get a travel card) as they tend to have lower rates. If you need cash straight away use a taxi and ask the driver to take you to an ATM on your way from the airport. Alternatively, you may be lucky and meet some other travelers who are trying to get rid of the currency you need.
If you are wanting to avoid getting ripped off with exchange rates and know how much your money is worth – download the XE Currency app and load up the currency while you have Wi-Fi.
So what are you waiting for? Use all that money you have now saved and spend it on something more valuable; traveling for longer.
Aussie, part-time traveller, part-time graphic designer and/or chef.
Over the last few years, I’ve been in and out of Australia, traveling the globe (mainly Europe). I’ve lived in the U.K. and The Netherlands which enabled me to travel in and out of Europe. This is when I fell in love with Europe and the whole traveling lifestyle. The freedom, the sights, the people…. all of it. I love to travel and plan on visiting every country in the world.
For more of my travels, check out my blog!
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