An easy way to extend your travel funds is to save money not only before you travel, but during. Like I said before, many people believe that travel is expensive and is something only the rich can afford to do. Not true. You just have to be smart about it!
Hostels– Our most common accommodation while traveling is at a hostel. Even if you book a private room without roommates, it can be a lot cheaper than a hotel. While I won’t knock someone who prefers hotels, it is my personal belief that the higher the price of accommodation, the less free things you get. I also don’t see the point paying for an expensive room just to sleep. Most hostels (and yes, there are hostels in the US) will give you free breakfast and/or free wifi. We love it because we are also able to meet fellow travelers and have gotten some really valuable advice from people taking the same trip. My favorite website for hostels is hostelbookers.com.
Food is the next big expense while traveling. One benefit to avoiding hotels is that most of the other accommodation I listed will have a community kitchen where you can cook and store your own meals. If we want to eat out, we try to hit the lunch specials to avoid the dinner prices. We’ve even been known to pack a bunch of snacks in our suitcases so we could skip a few meals.
Alcohol can be pricey depending on location. Whether its $1 in Bali or $10 in New Zealand, its good to keep an eye on how much you are spending to make sure you don’t blow your entire budget on a late night out. You could stay sober the entire time, but that’s not really fun, is it? Amauri and I often try and take advantage of happy hours, traditionally offered in the early evening at most bars.
Seeing the “must haves” of a particular place can add up. They are called tourist traps for a reason, right? I suggest creating a list of priorities and picking a few. My personal belief is that half of the things suggested are overrated. It sometimes is more enjoyable to just avoid the crowds and hiked up prices all together. I often see tourists rushing from site to site, looking completely stressed out. You are on vacation, people! It’s OK if you don’t see everything. The point is to enjoy the new culture and scenery, not tick things off a list.
|Eating lunch in a park in London.|