{Four Budget Travel Tips}

As the weather gets colder and colder and colder, I find myself dreaming more and more about our next European adventure this summer (I’ll talk about the possible locations in another post!). But with planning a trip comes budgeting for a trip— a topic that frightens a lot of people (and for good reason… traveling is expensive!).
Throughout the years, I’ve become kind of a pro at the whole budgeting while traveling thing (not to brag or anything…well maybe a little). I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite budget travel tips- I hope they can help you when planning for your next trip.
1. Walk as much as you can-
We travel to see and experience, right? Well, how can we do that if we are always inside a bus, car, or train? Walking allows you to see more of the city that you are visiting and stumble upon places that you might have never seen if you had used public transportation. Walking allows you to find some really great places or hidden gems… my favorite church in Valencia, the location where Julius Caesar was killed in Rome, the most gorgeous viewpoint in Salzburg– each was found randomly on a walk through the city. Plus, if you walk everywhere, you can eat as much as you want and still fit into that bikini that you worked so hard for before your trip!

2. Do your research-
So there’s this saying that goes “nothing in life is free”- well, if you do your research before you travel, you can prove this saying wrong! There are so many activities and things to see that don’t cost any money- you just have to clue yourself in. When we were researching about Madrid, we found that the famous Museo Del Prado has free admission during certain times and as a result, we got to see world famous artwork without spending a dime. You can do this all over the world, you just have to research it beforehand!

3. Look into neighboring cities for cheaper nightly rates-
What do Paris, London, New York City, Cinque Terre, Amsterdam, Annecy and Dublin have in common? Hotels in these cities are expensive! A huge way to save money is to stay outside of these major cities- just make sure that there is easy and cheap access to the city center either by bus, train or foot. When we visited Cinque Terre, we stayed in a nearby town called Levanto (and by nearby, I mean like 5 minutes by train nearby). Not only was the commute to Cinque Terre easy and cheap, but we got to stay in a gorgeous area for the fraction of the price that it would have cost in Cinque Terre…and as an added bonus, we got to explore another city that had amazing scenery and delicious food!

4. Eat from supermarkets-
As a traveler, supermarkets are a super great way to save money (see what I did there?). We don’t eat out every meal at home because it would cost too much… so why do it while traveling? You can get an entire meal at a grocery store for a fraction of what it would cost at a restaurant. And not only will you be saving money, but shopping at the local grocery store will allow you to buy what the locals buy and eat what they eat. How better to experience another culture than eating what they do! Supermarkets often sell pre-made salads or sandwiches, but my favorite thing to do is buy some bread, a local cheese and some wine- the perfect dinner and the perfect money saver. Also, as an added bonus, when you buy your meals from supermarkets, the whole city becomes your restaurant, so have fun and choose an amazing location to eat!

Anyone have other money saving tips to share? Let us know!


11 thoughts on “{Four Budget Travel Tips}

  1. Awesome article, and I couldn’t agree more with your tips! I am a big fan of walking, and strolling around in a new city is the best way to discover it. And yeah, there are so many free things that just need a little research. Recently we went up to the top of the Reichstag building to admire the impressive architecure and enjoy the night view of the city – all for free, and even got a few 20-min audioguide: http://budapestspacejam.com/2015/01/02/damn-good-advice-berlin/.

    Two tips I would add: stay with friends for free! Most of the time I travel, I do this. I’m basically visiting friends instead of sights. It does not only drastically reduce the costs of your trip, but there is nothing better than local guides. There are so many things I’d never got to try/see/eat/experience without my local friends all over Europe.

    And the other tip would be a membership at a flight company – of course this depends on many factors (how often you travel, where you live). I am the club member of Wizzair, the greatest discount flight company in Europe, in my opinion, and I get to fly for ridiculous prices. Also my bank card is related to them, and every time I use it, I earn scores which make my flights even cheaper. – Csilla

  2. Wonderful tips! I’m all about traveling DELICIOUSLY on a budget as well. I wrote a post about how to find the best cheap eats, anywhere in the world (supermarket for lunch, the perfectly cheap/ local restaurant for dinner!) Combine the two of our lists, and you’ve got a deliciously cheap travel plan good for anywhere 🙂 Check it out! http://awanderingcasiedilla.com/2014/11/20/a-young-broke-persons-guide-to-finding-the-best-eats-any-time-anywhere/

  3. I love this! When we traveled to Rome we stayed in outside the city at a local Italian cottage instead of a hotel. If someone were interested in doing this I would recommend airbnb.com. It’s a secure site where people rent out vacation homes. So much less expensive than a hotel and a much more unique experience 🙂 Thanks for posting the wonderful advice, I couldn’t agree more 🙂

  4. I totally agree with these tips — especially the first one. Whenever people tell me they’re coming to NYC and ask what they should do here, I always tell them just to walk around. I know that sounds a bit inane, but it’s true! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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