Traveling is not necessarily a luxury experience and can be done on a budget. Thinking that you can’t afford traveling at all is the wrong approach. You won’t visit the best barbers in New York, but it doesn’t mean you will travel without comfort and restrict yourself from most of the actions to stay within the budget. Some reasonable thinking and creativity are what comes in handy.
1. Look for good deals
You can take advantage of budget airlines and bus companies which offer discounts on a regular basis. These companies have the same destinations as the commercial lines, and they also have a more stable and predictable schedule. Search for ones like Greyhound and Eurolines (for the US and Europe respectively). Flights are more expensive; however, you can consider companies like Travelocity or Opodo. Most of the hostels also offer great accommodation deals.
2. Eat out less
Avoid eating out each time you have a meal. Bring noodles and canned products to your accommodation, or cook yourself if possible. You’ll save lots of cash on occasional meals, and you’ll be able to experience the local cuisine once or twice when you find a great suggestion from locals.
3. Know how to save money
Reach places by feet and use the public transport. Socialize with the locals, and you will find out that there are myriads of free or cheap attractions which are widely used by them. The scenic part of walking is a priceless advantage if you strive to get acknowledged with the area. Visit the tourist information center to check for free museum days and public events which are held only on certain days or during a certain season.
Check the visitor’s bureaus for some discount transit passes. Maximize your traveling and aim to focus on the place rather than focus on money.