Many people dream of travelling around the world, but are turned off by the price. They may think that travel is a luxury only the very wealthy can afford, which is why I wrote my post about how I can afford to travel long term. While this is a valid concern, there are plenty of ways to save money while you travel so that your Round-the-World trip doesn’t break the bank. Let’s take a closer look at some tips for seeing the world on a budget.
Before setting off for a faraway place, sit down and make a plan so that you know more or less how much everything will cost. Price out flights, hotels, transport and meals for when you’re there, and also consider which activities you won’t want to miss. For example, you may not be able to afford a scuba diving class and a trip to the ruins at Cozumel, so choose the one you prefer. That way, you’ll not only have a better idea of how much money you will need, but also an idea of the attractions and activities on offer where you will be visiting.
Oftentimes, you can find low prices for flights and hotels through last-minute deals or through promos. To find these cheap travel deals, browse the internet or download a travel app. If you can score a cheap flight, you’ll have more money to spend once you arrive. Also, spend some time reading current hotel reviews to find suitable accommodation within your budget, so that you can still enjoy yourself on limited funds.
When in Rome…
Do as the Romans! Instead of travelling on a pricy tour bus or taxi, you can take local transportation to get around. Oftentimes, local transport options are not only much cheaper, but allow you to catch a glimpse of local life beyond the lobby of the boutique hotel.
You can also apply this technique with food. Instead of eating at expensive five-star restaurants with the other tourists, go off the beaten track and find the small diners and cafes where the locals eat. Chances are, you’ll find better quality food too!
Speaking of food, you can also save money by self-catering. Skip the expensive dinner and drinks and just buy a few things at the local grocery store. While this may seem like a less-fun option, remember that some delicious things can be found in supermarkets and bakeries, such as fresh-baked bread, local fruit, and tasty pastries.
Embrace the Simple Life
If you’re worried about money while travelling, remember that the whole point of travel is to emphasise experience over material goods. Therefore, enjoy the fact that you are seeing the world and putting yourself out there, even if you can’t have everything!