My Top 10 Budget Travel Tips // Brittany from Boston

My Top 10 Budget Travel Tips

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Traveling on a budget allows you to use your money more wisely, to have richer experiences, and to travel as long as you can. I use the principles of budget travel all the time, it’s the only way I’ve been able to travel as extensively as I have. I’ve recently been asked to teach a budget travel course, and in preparing for that course I wanted to share some of my tips here with all of you. For those of you who are in Boston, you should register for the class! It’s going to be inspiring and fun and packed full with information. Plus, I can’t wait to meet you, all of you, as many of you as can make the class! (Get the details and sign up here.) So in the meantime (and for those of you not in Boston), here are my top 10 budget travel tips for you, use them wisely!

My Top Budget Travel Tips

1 | Minimize air time

Flying is the least economical way to travel, it will take up a big chunk of your budget! Wherever possible, try to travel by train, bus, car, or hitchhike to get where you need to go. If you have to fly because you’re going to the other side of the world, that’s fine, but then use ground transport to get around the region. Which brings us to #2…

2 | Explore by region

You’ll make your money go much further if you explore by region, instead of trying to cover the whole planet in one trip. Whenever I’m choosing a destination, I’ll try to loop in other cities and countries nearby, so that I can explore more of the region within that trip.

3 | Travel off-peak

The off-peak and shoulder seasons are always going to be cheaper than traveling during the peak season. Look at when destinations are going to be busiest and try to travel outside of that range, if even only by a month or two. It will save you on airfare, food, and accommodation.

4 | Travel light

Travel light by bringing only a carry-on bag or backpack. Doing this allows you to avoid airline fees for checked bags, and avoid paying for a taxi because you can carry your bag and walk or take public transport. I show you how to travel with just a carry-on bag here. I promise it’s worth the effort of packing light!

5 | Stay in hostels

Hostels are often a better choice than hotels because they’re cheaper and they allow you to meet other travelers wherever you go! They also offer tours and excursions and pub crawls, which can be cheap and fun ways to enjoy your travels.

6 | Shop at grocery stores

Instead of going out to eat for every meal (you wouldn’t do that at home, so don’t do it on your travels!), go shop at the grocery store. Do this for at least your breakfast and lunch, and if you’re staying at a hostel where there is a kitchen, you can even cook yourself dinner too. Plus shopping a grocery store gives you another look at local life you wouldn’t otherwise see in your travels!

7 | Choose budget locations

Depending on where you choose to travel, your budget will be partially set for you. Choose budget travel destinations, places that are popular for backpackers, like Central America, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. Your money will take you further in these regions automatically!

8 | Triple travel points!

My triple travel points system is simple: for every flight you book, you should be earning triple points. Book with an airline that you have a rewards account with, use a website that you have a rewards account with (like Expedia), and use a credit card that has travel rewards points. That way with every booking, you get three times the points, which will add up to give you free flights later!

9 | Travel for longer

When you can travel for longer, for months at a time instead of just a few days, you’re able to travel slower which is cheaper. Without the rush to get somewhere quickly and see everything there in a short time, you have more time to explore. You can also take the longer route to get somewhere when it’s cheaper, like taking a bus between countries instead of a flight, because time isn’t so sensitive. If you can get away from work for awhile or travel between jobs, do it because your money will last you longer!

10 | Be flexible

In everything in your travels, flexibility is key. Be flexible in where you go, when you go, and what you do there. By being flexible, you can take advantage of the cheapest options. Don’t book too much ahead of time, instead be open to the options that present themselves in your travels…there may be a cheaper and more fun way to go that you find out when you get there!

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My Top 10 Budget Travel Tips // Brittany from Boston


13 thoughts on “My Top 10 Budget Travel Tips

  1. The list is totally spot on! Travelling off peak is something that works for me too, not only because it would cut the cost; it would also give you the opportunity to take great photos. I love visiting beaches and it’s a pain to take great photos during peak season — you can’t control the crowd.

  2. I agree with all of these points. I love staying in hostels with kitchens so I can cook my own food and save money that way. I’m also a huge proponent of packing light and agree that you can save a lot of money by planning your trip out in advance so geographically the cities you go to are in close proximity to each other. Great tips.

  3. A great list of tips for budget travel. My latest trip, I totally flubbed on traveling light. I always carry a lot of camera gear, so I had to eat some of the airline fees for 1 check-in, though it was negated with a budget airline. Still, I tend to do this anyways so not like it’ll be the last time. Traveling longer is a great tip that people won’t really expect, but it’s so true because of the cheap methods of transportation. Better to travel to 4 countries on one-month-long trip than 4 separate week-long visits.

  4. 10 very important points for all those how look at cutting cost while traveling. Collecting travel points or miles has always helped us in getting free tickets or upgrades. And traveling off season is the best idea as everything is cheaper than usual and less crowd as well.. 🙂

  5. Great tips! Taking alternative transport (to planes) can save so much money – as can traveling in the off season and staying in hostels – although I now only stay in hostels if I can have a private room. I’d love to learn how to pack light too to save on luggage costs, but it’s just not something I have ever been very good at!

  6. These are great tips. I love travelling in the off-season. Another perk is that locals generally have more time to stop and chat and people are usually happier to see you, particularly if tourism is a big income generator in the region.

  7. Great travel tips. My favourites from your list are:: Explore by region, Choose budget locations, Be flexible, and Travel for longer. Extended travel is always what I have been into and I could count the 2 week/10 day abroad jaunts I’ve had in one hand, I like to feel and breathe wherever I am – big lungfuls of both the good and bad

  8. Awesome tips. Esp I agree about travelling off season and staying in hostel. Esp for women solo travelers, hostels work out not only cheaper but also safer and helps to get to know new people!! 🙂

  9. Travel off-peak is my favorite tip! I hate crowds and paying peak prices to be around those crowds. Visiting the local grocery store is a great way to see how the locals really live.

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