How to Travel on a Budget

How to Travel on a Budget

Eat Your Way Through Food Markets

As great as it is to head to foodie cities such as Naples or Bordeaux, it can sometimes be quite expensive to dine out. Naturally, some cities such as Paris or London are more expensive to eat out in than Lisbon or Budapest. But if you do your research, you can always find budget cafes or restaurants along the way in any city.

A great way to save tons of cash for other activities is to head to local food markets, where you will experience fresh local cuisine. In nearly every city there will be parks or beaches where you can stop for a picnic or even a BBQ! which we highly recommend.

A market in Prague
A market in Prague

Sleep at Hostels and Apartments

Staying on the theme of food, apartments & hostels is a great way of saving money when it comes to cooking.

Sometimes can’t get your hands on a disposable or travel BBQ. Maybe the weather outside is too wet for a picnic, meaning if you’re in a hotel, your only chance of a hot meal is dining at a restaurant. If your apartment has a kitchen, you can still pick up food from local markets or even budget shops such as Lidl or Aldi and eat in.

Nearly every hostel will have a communal kitchen where you can make dinner and maybe get some cooking tips from other guests. Also, hostels, B&Bs, and apartments are always cheaper than hotels.

A villa in Malta
A villa in Malta

Enjoy the Free Attractions

Every tourist city in the entire world will have free attractions. Some might include parks, hikes, museums, beaches, or even guided tours. Whatever city you’re visiting, make a list of the free attractions before you go.

Some museums constantly have free entry, but others might have free entry for certain days of the week or specific times of the day. So make note of each one.

Generally, every tourist city will have a free walking tour. Be sure to get on board as you will witness everything the area has to offer. You’ll also get some extra helpful tips from the guide, such as which cafes or pubs are popular or budget-friendly.

A park in Milan, Italy
A free park in Milan

Bring the Best Travel Accessories

Water bottles, travel BBQs, weighing scales, power banks, collapsable food containers, and anti-theft wallets are travel accessories that will save you money.

You will be amazed by how much you’ll save if you have a reusable water bottle instead of spending money in shops whenever you feel thirsty. Power banks will save you time and money, so you don’t have to sit in a cafe waiting for your phone to charge and spend money on a coffee.

Think about where you are going. Will it be raining? Then bring a rain poncho or umbrella or if it’s sunny bring sun cream and a hat which can be expensive in tourist towns.

Travel accessories
Travel accessories

Consider All Travel Options

In general, travelling by bus is the cheapest mode of transport. But check every transport option before you set off. If you are travelling short distances, you can walk, rent a bike or electric scooter, bus, taxi, or even Uber.

Just because you think renting the bike is the cheapest, it might be the same price as an Uber. So consider every option before you travel.

For long-distance travel, you may try to get an overnight train or bus and sleep on it to save money on a night’s accommodation. Sometimes you might also be inclined to try to save money by getting a bus to Milan from Paris when flying could be the cheapest option. With budget airlines such as Ryanair, you can find flights for just €9.99.

During a sale, I even managed to get one for just €2!

A Ryanair plane
A Ryanair plane

For more travel tips click on the link down below.
https://diggingforgems.org/category/travel-tips/

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