How To Travel On A Budget
I love to travel! If I didn't, I probably wouldn't be living in London! But obviously if you aren't a millionaire, traveling can be really expensive! But it doesn't always have to be! My mom is the best budget traveller and she has taught me all of her ways.
Jaye and I went to California to visit my family in April and used all of the tips you will see below. We went super budget friendly and it was still one of the most amazing trips of our lives. We even managed to share 1 carry-on suitcase. Yes, just 1 carry on suitcase for 2 weeks! But it worked out amazingly and we didn't have to pay for extra bags!
So if you love to travel or would love to start traveling, here are my tips for being a budget friendly traveller!
Before You Go
Flights are one of the biggest expenses when it comes to travel. So finding a cheap flight is pretty important when you want to stay on budget. First of all, plan ahead of time. No matter where you are going, if you plan ahead, you will get cheaper flights. My favorite websites to use are SkyScanner and Expedia. Both websites will help you compare prices of airlines. You can also view flights on a calendar to see which ones are cheapest so you can choose to fly on a cheap day! This can honestly save you hundreds of dollars. Also, look into budget airlines. I'm not gonna lie, budget airlines suck, but sometimes I would rather bite the bullet and save a lot of money that I can spend on other parts of the trip.
Right next to flights, where you stay will be one of the more expensive parts of planning a trip. So there are a few options on what you can do. Hotels, Airbnb or hostels. If you want to stay in a hotel, use Hotels.com. It is a great place to start when it comes to booking hotels. You can also earn points and earn a free night after 10 other reservations! Which is amazing! And if you travel often, it will accumulate very fast!
The second option is Airbnb. This is probably my favorite option of the bunch because you can find amazing places for cheap and often with a kitchen, which can save you a bit of money because you won't have to eat out for every meal. Also, because you are staying in an actual home, it can be a lot more comfortable!
The last option is hostels. This is by far the cheapest way to travel and what I would recommend if you are a young traveler who wants to meet new people and explore a lot of places, on a budget. Hostel World is a great place to start! You type in where you are going and it will give you all the hostels with rankings of how they are. Most hostels have two options, dorm style and private rooms. I'm not a fan of dorm style because you are sleeping next to strangers and sharing bathrooms, but if you are more adventurous and want a really cheap stay then go for it! If you are traveling in a couple, private rooms are perfect. They are smaller of course, but you have your own bathroom and either 1 or 2 beds. If you do your research and find reviews, you can find some amazing hostels!
Pack light! I know, annoying. But it's the biggest advice I can ever give. First of all, it is sooooo much easier to travel around a city with less luggage, I'm talking carry on size. Secondly, it is so much cheaper to travel with less luggage as well. Most airlines will charge somewhere between $50 - $100 to check in 1 suitcase! Also, if you have a smaller case, you are less likely to buy souvenirs that you don't need because they won't fit! Also you can use Youtube to your advantage and look up packing videos!
While You're There
Do your research. If you want to visit restaurants, find the cheap places online before you go. I like to use Yelp because you can filter it to only show you cheap places! Like I said earlier, one of the great things about Airbnb is that most of them have kitchens. Go to a local store to buy coffee and some breakfast supplies so you won't have to have breakfast out every day. On average, a breakfast for 2 in London will cost anything between $25-$35. Going to buy breakfast stuff at the store for a week can cost you under $20! Instead of $25 x 7 days!!!! Also, have picnics, check out local food markets. You can find delicious food for cheap and get to experience some culture too!
When it comes to finding what to do, I like to use Timeout. You just type in where you are going and it has a variety of different activities and things happening in the city! They even have a whole section that is just about free activities, which is great!
Find out what the locals use! Public transportation is the cheapest way to get around a city. In London, it's the Tube or the bus. In Paris it's the Metro. In NYC, it's the subway. Although it can be a bit daunting to figure out where you are going, it is sooooooo much cheaper than getting a taxi every where you go. Walking is also the best because you are spending nothing at all and you get to see way more of the city.
I hope that some of these traveling budgeting tips will help you on your next adventure!
Write in the comments down below what your favorite place you've ever traveled to is and why!