45 Hacks For Frugal Travel
Do you feel that?
That itch to get out from your own backyard and explore the world?
You don’t know where it comes from or why it’s there but you do know you want to get out and see as much of this planet as you can.
The excitement you feel when you imagine yourself tasting the finest French cuisine in Paris or riding across the Kenyan landscape taking in the wildlife only increases your desire to be a jet-setter.
Your travel bucket list is so long you start to wonder if you will ever check all those places off.
Travel has a reputation for being expensive and you fear the money or lack of it will keep you grounded.
Your trips have been charged to your credit card that you are still trying to pay off. And saving up the cash to travel seems like a difficult task.
But you don’t want these hindrances to keep you from the places you want to see.
In order to get to all the places you dream of seeing you may need to implement a few travel hacks.
45 Hacks For Frugal Travel
Save For Travel
1. Save a Percentage of Each Paycheck
Saving a percentage of your paycheck may seem like the obvious answer to building up a bank of money for travel but it often times gets overlooked or thought to be impossible. If travel is important to you then save money before you do anything else.
2. Open High Yield Savings Account
If you decide to implement hack #1 you will need a spot to put the money. Check out these top savings accounts to get yourself started.
3. Utilize Credit Card With Travel Rewards
Hack #3 takes some discipline so only put this hack to use if you can pay what you charge off each month. If you can do this you will start to rack up points to be used for various travel expenses.
4. Start a Side Hustle
Another way to make travel more realistic is to earn some extra money on the side. If you need a few ideas to get you started, check out this post.
5. Spend More Nights In
Do you find yourself going to movies every weekend? This can be a huge drain on your bank account. With a little patience, you can wait for the movies to release on Netflix and save yourself a bundle. Take a look at other events you head out to and see if cutting back can add to your travel piggybank.
6. Don’t Be Tempted By Trending Clothing
Trending clothing is a huge budget buster and a hindrance from saving for travel. Instead, focus on more classic pieces that will stand the test of time and still have you looking fabulous. Check out this post for creating a capsule wardrobe that will allow you to keep a reign on your clothing expenses.
7. Eat Out Less
If you are set on traveling then eliminating restaurants is one major way for you to control your savings. The cost of one plate at a restaurant can feed an entire family of 6 for dinner and still have leftovers for lunch the next day. I know because this is how our family plans meals and saves money by eating at home.
Cheap Places To Go
In Thailand, you can find places to rest your head for around $15 a night and only spend about $20 a day for food. Not a bad price for beautiful scenery.
If you plan on consuming alcohol in great amounts on vacation then Malaysia may not be the best location because of its high alcohol tax. However, if you could care less about the alcohol then you can expect to spend about $30 a day.
Is Machu Picchu on your bucket list? Well, you could visit there and only spend about $25 a day. With meals around $5 and accommodations around $8 in some places, it’s completely doable.
Want to spend a lot of time in a country? Get Nepal on your list of places to see. One traveler spent $1,000 for an entire month in the country. Don’t believe me? Check out the break down here.
Depending on how picky you are with accommodations will determine how much you can expect to spend on a daily basis. If you insist on A/C you can spend around $25 a day but if you forgo some amenities you will spend around $15 a day.
13. The Philippines
You coffee addicts will be happy to learn you can get a cup of Joe for 11 cents in the Philippines. And don’t forget the beautiful beaches all around. A day here may cost you less than $20.
In 2014 Venezuela was voted the cheapest country in the world to visit. Because of the drop in currency value accommodations went from $12 a night to $5 and a meal can cost you $3.
You can experience one of the 7 wonders of the world for only $22 a day. Vegetarian meals can cost less than $1 and beds for a night can be bought for $4.
Go to Bolivia to see the worlds largest salt flats or the Andes mountains. If you stay at the famous salt hotel you will pay around $25 a night or $8 a night in other locations.
Due to the lack of famous landmarks, Paraguay is often overlooked. However, the country is a great place to visit if you want an authentic South American experience. It’s a great place for a small budget.
Laos is a little gem in southeast Asia that boasts some French architecture and beautiful mountains. A room can run you around $8 a night.
Vietnam has been making a statement recently in the food scene. It’s a place for a budget foodie and backpacker to enjoy for less than $20 which includes food and transportation.
Cambodia is another Asian gem that can be visited for very little cash. Luxury travel here is typically a quarter of the price you would spend elsewhere.
Africa is a beautiful country that you can start exploring through Malawi. Being landlocked Malawi is bored by Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia and can be a central location for backpacking the surrounding areas.
Save On Accommodations
Here is a list of different ways you can travel without huge hotel expenses.
- Trusted House Sitters
- House Carers
- Housesitting World
- Housesit Match
- Luxury House Sitting
- Mind My House
24. Home Exchanges
- Anywork Anywhere
- Volunteers Base
- Grassroots Volunteering
- Workaway Info
- Volunteer Latin America
- Picking Jobs
- Hostel Jobs
- Hostel Travel Jobs
26. Cheap Hostels & Hotels
27. Short-term Rentals
28. Home Stay
29. Farm Stay
30. Boat Stay
Below you will find sites that will help you find inexpensive accommodations and cheap meals while traveling. You can also find some amazing deals on air travel to get to you to and from your dream destinations.
35. Jet Lag Rooster
36. Black Tomato
39. Context Travel
You no longer have any excuses to continue putting off your travel bucket list.
Start exploring all your options and set a date for your next vacation.
And don’t be afraid to get creative and be flexible.
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