When I went travelling last year I was eager to find ways to save a few pennies and blog posts helped me do so. So here I am giving you some guidance on travelling with a tight budget. It’s the worst situation when you find out you’ve overspent on a few things and start running out of money half way through your trip, but you won’t have any worries if you do it the right way and cut down on a few expenses like accommodation.
Plan in advance
Not only will you save money doing this but also time. Planning is a massive time saver. It also allows you to relieve some stress when you’re travelling as you don’t have to worry about booking last minute bus trips to your next destination. It makes your trip more comfortable; if you can’t get the overnight bus to your next destination then you’ll have no choice in accommodation for the night, just any that have rooms available – obviously this may not bother you. I’d suggest you stick to a plan especially on your first trip on a tight budget so you know what you’re doing and you can familiarise yourself with the accommodation, transport and activities around the area. Once you are more comfortable with travelling then you can just wing it.
Grab those holiday sale flights
The most popular time to grab a bargain is during holidays (Christmas!!) – get on those websites and you’ll be seeing flights from London to Italy for less than £30! However, make sure you know all the details and how to get to and from the airports beforehand as the cheap flights are usually at inconvenient times and from the furthest airport from you.
Avoid peak times
You want to enjoy your travels with some spare to breathe right?! Research into your chosen destination and find out which time of the year is best but less touristy. Also this could make your flights cheaper if it is out of season.
Choose hostels over hotels
This is a no brainer really. Hotels will seem like the luxurious option but you’d be surprised with the amount of hostels I’ve been too which were incredibly luxurious with an appealing price tag. If you are travelling solo hostels would be the better option for you as it’s a great way to meet fellow travellers and possibly join a group for day trips.
See my hostel guide here.
Learn how to barter
You have to be quite careful with this as you can only barter in certain countries, and you can’t be too cheeky in the countries where it is acceptable. Do a little research about bartering and how to go around grabbing a great deal – trust me it will help you out massively. South East Asia is an area of many countries who encounter bartering on a daily basis so go for it, even if it’s a few pounds off.
Walk instead of using public transport
Not only will it save you some money, you also see and discover so much more when walking. You can wander down the side streets, find quirky shops and picturesque buildings. Instead of taking the 10 minute bus across town, walk 30 minutes and see more, discover more about the culture and find those hidden gems.