Do you wish you could travel, but think you can’t afford it? That may not be true!
While staying in five-star hotels and eating at restaurants for every meal might be out of the question, there are plenty of ways to vacation on a budget.
Check out these 30 tips for traveling light and cheap, and then re-evaluate whether or not you can go on that trip you’ve always wanted to take. Don’t be afraid to cut a few expenses here and there; you’re probably closer to a dream vacation than you think!
Skip the expensive hotels.
Hostels are the way to go. Hostels offer a ton of options for whatever your budget, ranging from large dorm-style rooms with lots of people to small private rooms. And if your budget only allows you to stay in a hostel room with ten other people, that’s fine! You’re meant to be spending your days out exploring anyway.
Travel in the ‘right’ season.
That is to say, the off-season for whatever your destination. This summer, try visiting Hawaii, Florida, or the Caribbean. Save a trip to Europe for the winter.
Tickets are significantly cheaper when you’re traveling at a time most vacationers aren’t.
Fly on off-days.
Take a road trip for free!
Whatever you do, keep a daily budget.
Share accommodation expenses with other travelers.
Splitting accommodation fees with others—even strangers, yes—can be a great way to cut costs. Again, safety comes first here: make sure that you’re being smart about who you’re sharing space with if you go this route!
If you travel with others, make sure you’re on the same page budget-wise!
Light snacking does wonders.
Try some street food or a local restaurant.