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There is really only 3 ways to save on a trip realistically and still having an awesome time! You can save on Transportation, Touristy stuff and Food! I call it the TTF Saves! Here a quick rundown for you to travel on a budget!
Transportation is the kind of expense that pills up. You don’t realize it at first but one cab here, one uber there and you are 200$ short. When travelling try to do like locals and take the public transport, it’s probably super cheap and most cities have a very develloped transport system.
Ex: In Copenhagen, the distance between the airport and let say the city center a metro ticket is about 5$, whereas a taxi could charge you up to 30$ for the ride and the two options will take you almost the same time!
Next way of saving is to be flexible with your dates and travelling off-season! Not only you will save on transportation but you won’t be swamped by tourist once there.
Ex: 1 ticket from Montreal to Casablanca during summer time can go up to 1500$ whereas if you go in November it’s half the price!
- Most museum offer free admission days or times or discount for students and you should definitely take advantage of all that, especially if you are already planning on going there.
- Also most cities offer free walking tours on certain days where you will be accompanied by a English speaking guide that you can tip at the end.
- And lastly, check if the city you’re visiting offers some city passes where admission to popular attraction is discounted and sometime you can even get a discount on transportation.
Ex: Le musée du louvre, in France has a free admission every first saturday of the month between 6 pm and 9pm whereas it’s 15 euros on a normal day.
Food, like transportation, pills up just as easily. So to save up you can do many things such as avoiding restaurant on the touristy road, give street food a try and make your own groceries!
Where ever the main street is go to a parallel street chances are the food will be a lot less expensive. And don’t wait to be starving before your start looking for a places because chances are you will end up knocking on the first door which is not always the best option. The only thing you can get on a touristy main road is food cart!
Ex: For less than 10$ (and I’m being generous with the 10$) you can find a really nice food card on the street to eat while discovering the city whereas going to a restaurant requires you to sit for a moment and charge you 30$ a meal.
Also try to get to a local grocery store and stack up on snacks and drinks so that hunger doesn’t sneak up on you and make you stop several time to re-fuel. It also a great way to keep up with your diet if you have one.
I hope these tips will help you out and permit you to travel all around the world and not break the bank! All of this does require a bit of organization and planning but I personally have no problem with that.
Comment down below your tips on travelling on a budget so that we help each other and make travelling much less expensive but just as fun!
With much love,