Low budget travel tips

Sep 7th, 2019, 08:35 AM
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LOW Budget is for me:

True low budget travel planning includes three variables:
How expensive is it to get there? How expensive is it to stay there? How expensive is it to eat and drink?
A forth variable would be: How expensive is it to get around? (in case you plan a trip to more than one destination).

Watch out for cheap airfare to anywhere.
Why obsess about trying to go cheap and stay cheap in the most overrun and costly destinations?
Look for the cheaper alternatives, other countries which offer a similar countryside, the less costly secondary city.

If you find dirt cheap airfare, make sure that there is not a hidden downside. Hint: It's often the weather.
August in Madrid? October in Bangkok? September in Florida? February in Berlin? Check the weather...

Make sure that your offseason is also your destination's offseason.
Spring and fall in Kyoto? I don't think so.. (unless you travel outside the foliage and cherry blossom weeks)

Accomodation can be less costly if you stay in one place for longer (not that much true anymore as AirBnB and such usually don't offer weekly discounts)
The less "central" you reside, the cheaper it can be. A dorm in a centrally located hostel can cost more than a decent hotel room 20kms away from the touristy city center? Rather have a 30 minute commute with public transit if the ticket costs just €1.50 and you save €50 per night.
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Sep 9th, 2019, 05:05 AM
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Here are somethings we do:
We always try to book an Airbnb with a kitchen/fridge. So you don't always have to eat out. (which will save you some money). Visit the supermarket. This way you can also make yourself some sandwiches for the day of touring and refill your water bottle. I love Italy or France. When the weather is good, get yourself one of those delicious sandwiches, sit on a bench and watch the world go by.
For flights, once we have decided where to go next, I will keep an eye on fares. Sometimes they have special deals, you just need to know the average price so you will recognize a deal.
And research is the key. Go online, find out about the things you want to see, how to get there... download maps if needed so you can use them offline in a foreign country.
But try not to overdo the cost-cutting, you still need to enjoy your time.
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Sep 9th, 2019, 11:19 AM
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Plan ahead.

Research the area you are visiting and have an idea of what you want to see, places to eat, etc. You can always change your itinerary as you travel. We met fellow travelers at B&B breakfasts and talked about where we/they were going, and exchanged excellent recommendations for places to visit/eat.

Visit local grocery stores. You can always pick up something for a quick lunch/snack. Wine from a store is cheaper than wine by the glass in a bar.

Visit churches and museums that offer free admission. Visit the Tourist Information kiosk to get local guides for walking tours, newspapers, find out about local free events.

Plan a budget and keep to it. Include your transportation (airfare, car, local transportation), hotel (or other accommodations), budget for meals. Then add budget $$ for incidental expenses like drinks, tips, shopping, laundry, excursions. ( Don’t forget parking fees if you drove to the airport.)

Purchase your travel documents with a cash back card.
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Sep 9th, 2019, 10:24 PM
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Do what you really want and not what is on everybody else's list.
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Sep 10th, 2019, 02:02 PM
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I think planning ahead can make a big difference.

We use our credit card for as much as possible, hoarding miles. So far we have managed a trip from the US west coast to Europe using miles every year or two, for 2-4 people.

Another way to travel on a low budget is to camp or backpack. If you don't have the gear, you can rent it. We do a lot of backpacking and since we have all the gear, the trips basically just cost us gas money.
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