How to Budget Travel Regardless of Your Destination
Many travelers assume that certain destinations are off limits because of their high costs. Whether it’s the price of accommodation or dining out, some places certainly have a deserved reputation for being expensive. That said, there are a number of strategies you can take to enjoy a costly destination without breaking the bank.
Try a home-stay or housesitting
Accommodation is often the most expensive item in a traveler’s budget. Fortunately, there are many ways to save money and there also ways to not spend any money at all. A home-stay allows you to experience local culture while paying a fraction of the cost you would spend at a typical hotel. Simply search on Google or another search engine for “name of your destination+home-stays.” Alternatively, you can look into housesitting. In this case, you are taking care of someone’s house while they are away. Responsibilities are typically limited and there is often no cost on your part. Check out websites like for more information.
Have a picnic
After accommodation, dining is right up there when it comes to putting a dent in your budget. A great way to save money on dining costs is to enjoy a picnic at a local park. Pick up a few things from the supermarket or from street food vendors and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of eating and people watching. Not only will you save money on food costs, you will also get a window into local culture that is completely free.
Take advantage of deals
Many travelers are unaware of local deals and promotions. Do some research in advance and also ask locals for recommendations. Lunch menus often offer the best deal. While an expensive restaurant may be too costly for dinner, they may have some great deals for lunch. Some establishments may have happy hours or weekly specials, during which you can enjoy low food and drink costs. If you are staying a hotel, ask if the hotel has any affiliation with local businesses where you may be able to receive a discount.
Do what the locals do
The most expensive restaurants, hotels and attractions are those that cater specifically to tourists. Often, these establishments are conveniently located, but they offer little in the way of value. Instead, seek out places frequented by the local population. Ask around for recommendations. Most people will be happy to point you in the right direction.
Many places that are considered expensive can be visited without shelling out massive amounts of cash. Keep the above tips in mind in order to travel on a budget regardless of your destination.