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Find out how to travel cheaply around the world

By Marie-Pier Hamon – on in Travel
It is possible to travel without spending one's entire savings. One can travel cheaply without getting into any trouble. Here is how to do it!

Most people say that travelling requires a huge budget and involves many expenses. Although you can’t get by without spending a certain amount of money, you can travel cheaply if you know some tips and tricks. Indeed, if this were not feasible, how would students ever go on trips? Discover some simple and clever ways to travel on a small budget around the world!

1 Choose your destination

Although you wish to visit your dream destination, it might not be the ideal time to visit it. In fact, there are numerous reasons why you would have to opt for another place as your travel destination (for example, the exchange rate, high season, etc.). Choose a destination that is more affordable but still keep the other country in mind. You will probably get the chance to visit it when you have a bigger budget or when the exchange rate will have changed in your favour!


2 Buy your plane tickets at the right time

Transportation can greatly influence your budget. To save on the price of your plane ticket, you can use several tips. You can, for example, opt for departures and returns on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It would seem that these days are cheaper. It is also a good idea to buy your tickets in advance and shop in the off-peak months like February and March. Another thing to keep in mind when buying airline tickets is that airlines often lower prices at night or on Tuesdays from 3 pm onwards. You can also subscribe to Les vols d’Alexi. This allows you to receive email alerts of affordable flights.


3 Forget about luxurious hotels

One way to travel cheaply is obviously to avoid luxury hotels. You can stay in youth hostels or AirBnbs. These allow you to rent rooms or complete apartments at affordable prices. More and more people are also opting for CouchSurfing. The idea is simple: you create your profile on the CouchSurfing website, you look at the places you plan to visit and the people available to welcome you on their couch (or a spare bed)! It’s a great way to travel inexpensively and meet new people. If you absolutely want to stay in a hotel, choose only one hotel for your trip if you’re staying in the same city. You’ll save more.


4 Take public transportation

One way to save a lot on travel expenses is to opt for public transportation instead of calling a taxi, an Uber or renting a car. Get informed, before leaving, on the public transportation options available in the country you will be visiting.


5 Stay away from capital cities

Try to find lodging outside major capital cities. You will save on lodging but also on the price of food if you decide to go out to restaurants. Most capitals are easily accessible by train, especially in Europe! You can easily get there during the day without any trouble!


6 Cook!

It is pleasant to go out to the restaurant on vacation but the price can easily exceed our expectations, especially if you’re leaving more than two weeks. Try to cook as much as you can and if you feel like going to the restaurant, plan this outing in your budget. When you go out on an excursion during the day, bring some snacks from a local grocery store and bring your own lunch. If you feel like going to the restaurant, go there for lunch and not for dinner: it is much cheaper!


7 Create a budget

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It is vital to make a budget before you leave on your trip. Include transportation, lodging, outings, food as well as personal expenses (like souvenirs) in your budget. You can plan your budget according to travel guides and travel blogs. This will help give you an idea of the amount to foresee for restaurants and outings, for example.


8 Take advantage of free activities

You don’t need to spend money to do activities when travelling, especially if you’re visiting capital cities. Indeed, many museums, beaches, and parks can be accessed for free.

 

It is therefore quite possible to travel cheaply if you are a little organized. All you have to do is plan your trip well in advance and use these clever tips to travel cheaply!


Cover photo credit: Instagram @disa


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Marie-Pier Hamon

A journalist by training, Marie-Pier is passionate about writing on cultural and entertainment events and content creation. Always listening to music, she probably writes more words in a day than she says out loud.