Travelling often ignites a spark of curiosity and wonder, it’s the one thing that leaves you more fulfilled after you’ve experienced it.
Travel today is an activity that has been labelled as a luxury however, it doesn’t have to be. Travelling on a budget is possible if you’re willing to make some sacrifices and step a little bit outside of your comfort zone.
After spending some time abroad and adjusting to the life of a slow budget traveller, I’ve compiled a short and simple list of 5 ways to save money on travel.
This travel advice will require some research and a little change in the way that you normally travel, but if you’re passionate about travelling more and spending less money this list will give you the start you need.
- BE FLEXIBLE
Flights and accommodation become a lot cheaper the more flexible you are with your time. Odd flight times and not travelling during peak season will be your best bet in terms of saving money on travel.
I bought a one way ticket two summers ago from Toronto, Canada to Paris, France for 180 CAD.
2. TRAVEL SLOWLY
The slower you travel, the more you see and the less money you spend. Travelling slowly means spending less money on transportation and you can usually get discounts on accommodation and rentals if you book weekly or monthly.
Read, “How Much Does It Cost To Travel For 3 Months” for more info on slow travel!
3. USE TRAVEL REWARDS PROGRAMS
Travel rewards credit cards will be the best travel investment you’ll make in 2019. You can travel for free essentially by spending money you would have already spent by purchasing daily necessities, you’ll earn points for every dollar you spend and this will quickly accumulate into enough points to use for travel.
Travel rewards credit cards are super easy to qualify for and can be found through almost every large bank.
4. COOK AT YOUR ACCOMMODATION
Try buying groceries at the local markets and whip up some of your favourite meals at your accommodation. This can also be an opportunity for you to try cooking some recipes from the local culture around you.
Finding accommodation with a kitchen is usually more expensive but, you’ll save tons of money by cooking your meals instead of always eating out.
5. TRY A WORK EXCHANGE
This tip might not be for everyone but if you’re open-minded enough and willing to step out of your comfort zone, a work exchange could be a really great experience in your life.
A work exchange is an agreement you make between you and a host or host family, in exchange for a room to sleep and food to eat, you volunteer a few hours of your day to help them out with whatever they need help with.
I personally have always gone with Workaway and I’ve had some really amazing experiences.
I was able to save thousands of dollars on food and accommodation and only spent $1000 over a period of 2 months in France by volunteering with their platform!
Common work exchanges include; hostels, NGO’s, tutoring English and so much more!
Lyon, France 2018.
There are so many more tips and advice that I have on saving money on travel so if you enjoyed this read and you’re interested in learning more don’t hesitate to reach out to me on social media!
Also, I ran an entire month of 30 Travel Tips in 30 Days on my Instagram story highlights, so go ahead and check it out!
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