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How To Travel On A Budget

Traveling is quite expensive, and it can be difficult for many people who aren’t born into middle or upper class families to save up and go on fancy, exotic trips. However, regardless of a person’s socioeconomic status, traveling on a budget can be a good idea when it comes to saving money and ensuring that you don’t blow all of your savings on a trip. Now, not all of these might be possible, but the good thing about this list is that it can be changed and modified to fit your own personal needs when it comes to traveling. So, without further ado, here are some tips on how to travel on a budget:

  1. Determine what you can afford on the trip (don’t forget to factor in having to pay regular bills while you’re away; that can affect how much you spend while on the trip)
  2. Pick up a side job (such as babysitting, petsitting, housesitting, etc.) to earn & save some extra money to help pay for the trip
  3. Regardless of how necessary a side job is, save a little bit each month (it can be whatever you can afford to put away) so that you aren’t scrambling last-minute for money
  4. Figure out your mode of transportation & what you can afford
    1. If you’re flying, keep an eye on airline prices since they change constantly & sign up for flight alerts to stay updated on when flights within your price range become available (Google Flights, Trivago, Kayak, & Priceline are several places where you can look)
    2. If you can only afford to drive or take a domestic flight, try to figure out where you’d want to go domestically instead of tricking yourself into believing that you can travel internationally
  5. Figure out where you’d like to stay
    1. Look for places to stay (Priceline, Trivago, Travelocity & AirBnB are good places to look for hotels and bed-and-breakfast style places)
    2. Look at what you can afford – if it’s cheaper to stay in a hostel or an AirBnB, look into what’s available & double check to see if it’s in a safe area
  6. Determine sightseeing & entertainment costs
    1. Check places like Groupon, Costco, Sam’s Club and AAA for discounts on museums, amusement parks, and other daily activities to save on money while sightseeing
    2. Look at what you can afford to do – if you can only afford to go to 3 museums and go on 2 tours, don’t overdo it by going to 5 museums and 5 tours
  7. Add in food expenses – prices can vary greatly from place to place, and chances are you aren’t going to be eating protein bars for the entire trip
  8. Add in souvenir money – chances are if you’re going to somewhere new (such as Paris, Tokyo, or Hong Kong), you’ll want to buy souvenirs for yourself & for people back home
  9. Keep an emergency fund in case something goes wrong (i.e., you somehow break a bone, you get a flat tire, you lose your glasses/contacts, etc.)
  10. Create a travel budget sheet that you can take with you & easily access (this is helpful to check at the end of each day to ensure that you’re not overspending; here’s a Trip Budget Sheet that we’ve created for you to use)

If you’re looking for more travel tips and travel stories, check out our Travel page!

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Briana Maddox View All →

As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.

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