Traveling around the world without being a millionaire is possible. In this guest post by Passainte Assem, you’re going to find great tips on how to travel the world on a budget.
Traveling around the world seems like an EXOTIC idea.
I bet that you ask yourself several times a week, maybe a couple of times a day, “How on earth will I ever be able to travel the world? I must be a millionaire in order to realize that dream.”
Good news, that’s not true!
You could travel the world without becoming a bankrupt if only you give up on lots of unnecessary costly things and start planning it RIGHT. I am not going to ask you to eat from the garbage or to sleep on the sidewalks, I will only give you tips that will help you plan it right.
Don’t say I am not a student anymore, so I cannot share rooms or bathrooms anymore. You only use it to spend the night anyway, so who cares as long as it is safe & clean!
They are a MUCH cheaper accommodation option than hotels.
- You could book a bed in a shared dorms (best option especially when you are traveling alone, as it cuts costs and allows you to get introduced to new people
- P.S: there are mixed, females and males, dorms in 80-90% of hostels with a shared bathroom.
- Or book a private ensuite room -with bathroom- which is slightly more expensive if you are staying in a double/triple/quadruple room
- You get to meet and chat with new people from all over the world.
- Obviously sharing a room doesn’t give you any privacy.
- Going to the bathroom can get a bit uncomfy –but again you only spend few hours at the hostel.
- If you are unlucky enough you’ll be sharing rooms with noisy people, or people who would arrive really late at night and wake you up from their noise or from turning on the light –to get over this; use ear plugs and eye masks.
- If you are traveling in groups you’d better stay in a rented apartment –apartments.com or wimdu.com– and split the cost. You’d better rent an apartment that has a kitchenette as it will allow you to cook or microwave food bought from grocery stores – another money saver.
- If you are traveling for a long period of time, it is always better to stay in a private apartment with kitchenette and private bathroom.
- Some people go for couch surfing but I have never tried it, so I cannot recommend it 100%.
2. Food & Drinks
- Buy snacks & fruits from grocery stores and markets instead of buying them on the go from machines, gas stations and souvenir shops, as they are much more cheaper & more fresh.
- Carry a reusable bottle all the time to fill it with tap water instead of buying mineral water, it’s safe to drink tap water in many countries (but be sure that it is safe before you drink it).
- Anyone usually -I assume- packs very light when traveling to another country, so get use of your allowed luggage weight, and fill your luggage with bottles of water; to have enough bottles that will cover you for a few days –you will at least save 5€ a day for 5-7 days (25 to 35 €).
- Go for local & street food instead of eating at fancy restaurants. It’s always a pleasure to have a sense of place through local food -but to have the full experience you have to eat in restaurants as well, but not as much as street food.
- Buy big quantities -for groceries- at once instead of one by one -applies to water, beverages, snacks, etc.
- I usually start by googling which companies are operating on my given destination –can be done through Google or through expedia/momondo/kayak– then I compare the airfares with the fares listed on the official websites of each airline company, before I start choosing my cheapest convenient option.
Don’t torture yourself by choosing flights with very long transits that take several days, you don’t wanna end up wasting your time waiting for numerous flights or spending your vacation recovering from fatigue & lack of sleep.
- Before you hit the road make sure to buy 100 ml empty bottles -in case you will be carrying carry-on luggage on your flight- for your shampoo, shower gel, or any liquid storing purposes- as in most cities they take advantage of how travelers tend to use them and price them above their regular cost -sometimes they are even more expensive than big shampoo bottles.
- Always carry a Swiss knife in order to avoid buying gadgets like knives, scissors, bottles and cans opener.
- Avoid taxis at all cost, they are INSANELY expensive in most countries. It is so much fun to use public transportations instead, especially if you try unusual ones like tuktuks.
- Don’t forget to ask for super saver tickets/passes. In some countries you have the option to buy a pass valid for a week, 2 weeks, or more, there are even passes that sell discount tickets for the weekend.
- Always carry snacks -fruits, biscuits, energy bars, etc- and a bottle of water in your backpack you never know when you could get hungry and not finding grocery stores around the corner.
- Always carry a snack or two brought from your hometown, you never know when can you have access to food until the next day -you don’t really wanna starve to death.
- Pack light without forgetting to take your essentials, you don’t want to end up buying lots of things that you already have back at your hometown.
- In most countries around the world you could do all the needed bookings for flights, accommodation, theatre, tours, museum tickets and most of the time they are cheaper than buying them on the spot and makes you skip long endless queues.
- Don’t forget to ask for discount tickets for kids, students, youth & elderly.
- In Europe there are super saver passes that are sold which entitle you to half price tickets, discounts, offers and even more.
- It is cheaper -the earlier you book, the cheaper it gets- and quicker to travel inside Europe by air –easyjet, swissair, ryanair, etc.
See … It’s all about good research, planning and doing your own bookings.
What tips have you used before to travel on a budget?
Please share your experience in the comments below.
Passainte Assem is a Travel-holic girl, adventure seeker, photographer & travel blogger. She loves to discover the world and document everything she experiences through her camera & her pen. You can find more travel tips on her blog Travel Holic Girl.
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