So you want to travel but don’t think you can afford it? Well, I’m here to tell you that you probably can. No matter what your budget is, chances are you can make it work.

While traveling can be very expensive, it doesn’t have to. Depending on where you’re traveling to, it could even be less expensive than your home country!

Here are a few ways to spend less while traveling!

1. Getting There

The summer is usually the most expensive time to travel so if you can figure out a way to travel during the off-season that alone will save you a ton of money!

Finding a cheap plane ticket requires a lot of patience and even a lot of work sometimes. You’re gonna have to spend some serious time searching.

Heres how I find cheap tickets:

Use sites like Skyscanner or Kayak to compare fares
Turn on AirfareWatchDog to keep an eye out on the deals you set
Check airlines Low Fare Calendars to find the best dates
Look for flights to nearby airports
CHeck for indirect flight
Maybe you can find a cheaper flight to somewhere else that
has a layover where you want to go, then you can just get off there
Avoid paying EXTRA fees like priority boarding, checked bags, and seat selection

2. Budget Accommodations

Use sites like Airbnb to find accommodations that are cheaper than most hotels. Use my link HERE to save $40 OFF your first booking. (You can even find a place with a kitchen which will allow you to cook your own meals and save more money.)

Try staying in a hostel. They can be a great way to save money AND make friends. ( I highly recommend doing so if you’re solo traveling) Check out Hostelworld.com to find a ton of great deals.

And if you don’t feel like doing either one of those and you want to stay in a Hotel, then check out a site that compares hotel cost like booking.com ( use my link HERE to get $25 OFF ) or if you’re going to Asia, I highly recommend Agoda.com to find the best deals!

3. Transportation

Like I’ve said many times before, Taxis suck most places especially at the airports. They’re usually very expensive and in most places, they will rip you off and charge you way more then what they should. You’ll be surprised to know, at least I was, that UBER actually works in a LOT of different countries and it is a great way to get a fair deal.

Metros can be a great and affordable way to travel so check if you can take any of those wherever you’re going. Google Maps has a public transit option that will help you in a lot of cities, you can type where you want to go and it will show you what buses and lines you need to take.

You can also walk! Walking is a great way to see more and its good exercise too!

4. Activities

Not everything you do has to cost a lot or even anything at all. Some of my fondest memories are from things that were totally free!

Here are some tips to save money on activities:

Most countries you can negotiate the price for everything. Ask for a discount. There’s usually a special rate for students, seniors, children, and groups.

Skip the super expensive tours, we live in the time of google!! Search online for guides for FREE!

Check online for deals, sometimes you can find a discount on sites like Groupon.

Research free activities like museums, parks/forest, beaches, hiking, etc.

Food:
Skip the touristy restaurants! Chances are the food there isn’t even that good and its gonna cost an arm
and leg so ask the locals for the best recommendations!

Staying in a hotel or hostel that offers free breakfast? USE IT, take advantage of the free meals! Even if its just coffee and tucking an apple in your bag for later.

Try getting a few things from the grocery store like sandwich stuff. That way you can eat a cheap lunch and save your money for a nice dinner out.

Bring a refillable water bottle. Stop buying drinks! Water is best for you anyway.

Drink the local beer, wine, or liquor!

*Check ahead of time if tipping is required. A lot of countries don’t tip and sometimes even consider it to be rude.