Make a budget
Have a plan and a back up plan for how much money you want to spend and how much money you can realistically afford to spend. Figure out which items are going to cost you the most; hotel, transportation, food, excursions and allocate a certain amount of money to each. This will help you figure out where you can save and what you’re willing to compromise on.
A huge part of travelling and experiencing a culture is tasting their yummy food but that doesn’t mean you have to eat out EVERY night. Buying groceries and prepping in your hotel or hostel can save you a ton of money. You can live like a local by picking up some of the unique ingredients they have on offer at the grocery store or market and try out a new recipe with it!
Skip the souvenir shop
Who needs a miniature leaning tower of pisa statue anyways? Take a photo and print it out when you get home instead, journal your experience, bring home some shells from the beach- Find cool and unique one of a kind ways to commemorate your travels instead of buying a dime a dozen keychain or trinket.
Have a transportation tactic
If you’re renting a car, returning it to the same location is almost always cheaper (same pick up and drop off location). Fill the car up to the top with gas before you drop it off. And try to snag a small car if possible, to save money on gas. Check the price of trains and metros- especially in Europe, you can find multiple day unlimited travel passes that can save you a ton of money if you plan on solely using these transportation systems to get around.
Use your credit card
Not what you think! Check to see what kind of travel insurance, point perks and other benefits you have. This can be a huge $ saver.
Everyone wants to have beautiful scenery, excellent food and luxurious comfort while travelling, but if your ultimate goal of a trip is just to relax on a beautiful beach. Make that your priority- find the most beautiful beach with crystal clear waters, and save money by compromising a bit on the rest.
Bargain in the markets
never accept the first price vendors offer- try countering with half and meeting somewhere in the middle.
Do your research
Know what to expect for pricing when your arrive to your destination. This will help prepare you so you know what to avoid and what you might have to spend your money on. For example, if you’re staying in an expensive touristy area, doing your research and perhaps finding out that a few minutes away there is a quiet area where tourists don’t typically go can save you a few bucks.
Every time you leave to go on a day-trip or even a half a day adventure, pack a ton of snacks and water. This will prevent you from stopping somewhere to eat a meal, and spending a lot of money on a whim.
If you have any great travel tips and tricks on saving money leave them down below!