Sunday, 21 April 2019

How To Travel On A Budget

A lot of people put off visiting their dream destinations because they think it will be too expensive. However, with careful planning and a few compromises (no you can't stay in a 5-star hotel overlooking Central Park on a budget...), you can turn your travel dreams into a reality. Having just booked an incredible trip to New York, Montreal and Toronto for this summer - without breaking the bank - I've picked up some tips along the way to pass on to you guys.

The best website I've found for looking for cheap flights is Google Flights. You put in your starting point and destination and can then use the calendar to compare the cost of flights on different dates. What's also really helpful on Google Flights is that if you're not sure about how long you want to visit somewhere for, the calendar will tell you how much a round-trip for so many days will cost as you hover over different dates - so you can work out the optimal amount of time to spend somewhere that's within budget. Another tip when flying is to only take hand luggage unless you really need to purchase checked luggage too (I know the liquid allowance is annoying but do you really need 5 lip glosses for a 4 day trip anyway!?).

I pretty much always use Airbnb to book accommodation for holidays. They're generally a lot cheaper than hotels and you can usually get money off your trips by inviting friends to join and book through Airbnb. Also, by booking somewhere a bit further out from the main attractions then you can save quite a bit of money. For example, when I visited Venice I stayed in Cannaregio, which looks far away from everything on a map but it only took about 20 minutes to walk to all of the main attractions. It also meant that the area was less touristy, which is really nice after a long day of being surrounded by other tourists!

Obviously when you're travelling to a new destination you want to sample some of the local cuisines but eating out all of the time can swallow up your money very quickly! Therefore, I always look for Airbnb's that have kitchen facilities so I can cook one or two meals at the place I'm staying. I also make pack lunches to take with me some days and I try to eat breakfast at the Airbnb before heading out for the day. I usually make a list in advance of what restaurants/cafes I want to visit so I can plan which days I'm eating out and which days I'm making food for myself. Another great way to save money on food during your trip is to visit food markets rather than restaurants - this offers you the opportunity to try a variety of local foods at about half the price of a restaurant meal.

Lots of tourist attractions offer free or reduced prices if you visit on certain days or within certain times. Therefore, it's worthwhile making a list of the attractions you want to visit and which days are the cheapest to go on, so you can plan your itinerary to be as budget-friendly as possible.

Most of the main travel destinations offer travel cards - e.g. 5 days unlimited transport for 'x' amount. It's worth looking at which transport routes you will have to take to get to the attractions you're wanting to visit and working out how much these routes will cost. If you're going to be using public transport a lot, then the travel cards generally work out cheaper than paying for individual journeys. However, if you're able to walk to most places or the travel card doesn't cover the routes you're going to be taking, then there's no point spending your money on it.

As you can see by carefully planning your trip in advance, you can travel pretty much anywhere in the world on a budget. It will require more time to plan the finer details than if money was no object but you will still be able to have the best experience possible - even on a budget! So get out there and satisfy your wanderlust.


  1. I always love posts like this, as I'm a student, whenever I travel I want to do it for as little as possible. I find BA do really good package deals with flights and hotels, usually they're pretty cheap. I've not tried Google flights, definitely one to look at next time!

    Lucy |

    1. That was the same as me when I was at uni - I didn't want being a student to stop me from seeing the world! I'll have to look at BA's deals when I'm next looking to go away x

  2. I think a key thing is to really look into all areas and check that you are getting good value for money wherever you go!

    Danielle xx

    1. Yes definitely! I always compare areas and try to work out which is the best value for money x

  3. Love this, such fab tips! I always travel on a budget so I'm definitely bookmarking this one! x


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