10 best money-saving tips for travelling

If you want to travel, you need to have a lot of money. True or false? False! Sure, travelling requires a certain budget, but if you travel in a smart way by making smart choices, having different priorities and using simple strategies to save money, you can still enjoy the experience of discovering new places without spending a fortune. Check out our 10 tips on how to hit the road without hitting financial rock bottom.
You can enjoy the experience of discovering new places without spending a fortune.

1You can enjoy the experience of discovering new places without spending a fortune.

1. Get insider tips from locals

Leave your shyness at home and make some new connections! Ask for advice from those who know the place best – the locals! They will be happy to advise you where to find delicious (and cheap!) food, entertainment and even accommodation.

2. House and pet sitting

If you like pets and don’t mind looking after them while on holidays, this might be a favorable option for you. House sitting means you take care of someone else’s pet (and house) for free in exchange for accommodation in their home.

Here are some resources:

3. Home exchange

It’s a pretty self-explanatory system. You stay in someone else’s house whilst he/she stays in yours. If you are flexible with your free time, this might be the best solution.

For more information, check the following resources:

4. Use public transport

Travelling by public transport will cost you less and grant you a more authentic travelling experience. Here are the top 10 best public transit systems in the world by worldatlas.com:

  1. Berlin
  2. Shanghai
  3. London
  4. Madrid
  5. Paris
  6. Seoul
  7. New York
  8. Singapore
  9. Tokyo
  10. Hong Kong

5. Spend more time in one place

Instead of racing from one spot to another, opt for slow tourism and get to know a place well. Bear in mind that accommodations can also offer you a better price for longer stays, plus instead of spending money on transportation, you can use your resources for something much more memorable.

6. Eat street food

Ditch the prejudices! Street food is cheap, tasty and safe – you can see what is actually being cooked and it is cooked fresh right in front of you, plus you help the locals. Here are the top 20 street food places recommended by CNN Travel:

  1. Bangkok, Thailand
  2. Tokyo, Japan
  3. Honolulu, Hawaii
  4. New Orleans, Louisiana
  5. Istanbul, Turkey
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Paris, France
  8. Mexico City, Mexico
  9. Cairo, Egypt
  10. Marrakech, Morocco
  11. Cartagena, Colombia
  12. Dakar, Senegal
  13. Bali, Indonesia
  14. Port Louis, Mauritius
  15. Mumbai, India
  16. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  17. Miami, United States
  18. Rome, Italy

7. Make free phone calls

Take advantage of free internet to make your calls and to communicate with your friends and family. Here are some useful apps for free communication:

8. Look for free activities

Each destination usually offers lots of free activities. Museums often have discounted admission after a certain time of day and free or discounted student pricing and discounts for young adults.
Check the Top Free Things to do in Europe by TripSavy.

9. Use city tourism cards

The city tourism card might be a valuable asset as it can grant you free admission to popular attractions, free public transportation or various discounts at restaurants and shops.
Check We love city cards.

10. Set a budget and stick to it!

It is important to spend your money wisely but also to allow yourself some treats. Set your budget and keep track of your spending. Check out this handy budget-tracking apps:

Remember, spending your money on travel is actually like investing in something with infinite returns. When planning your next trip, don't forget about your airport transfer!


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