10 of the Biggest and Best ways to save money on Travel

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So, you want to know the Best Ways to Save money on Travel!?

Money saving tips

1. Pick Cheaper Destinations

Tropical destinations such as Asia or the Caribbean have reasonably good weather year-round, but for a few months to avoid the rainy season. Whilst Asia may be further away for most (unless you’re an Aussie, in which case you are in luck!), the money to be saved once here is reason enough to visit. Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos are some great starting options that are very much open to tourism and thus easy to travel throughout.

2. Go Beyond the Cities

Let’s face it: the likes of Paris, London, Rome, New York and Sydney aren’t gonna get any cheaper any time soon (if ever). Big cities are great, but if you want a French encounter, head to the countryside and rent a farm house. If you want to experience Italy, venture beyond the tourist-hyped destinations of Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast, instead opting for local haunts. For a cheaper Australian encounter, steer clear of the big cities and instead get off the beaten path and visit smaller more remote coastal towns.

3. Learn to Love Low Season

Last year I chased winter all around the world. People thought I was crazy. I thought it was brilliant. When you travel in the low season you can save a tonne of cash. Flights, accommodation, tours… everything is so much cheaper. You’ll also find great last minute deals as tour operators try to fill seats and you can do loads of cool things you wouldn’t typically have the budget for. Oh yeah, it’s also quieter and more enjoyable without so many crowds!

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4. Cut Accommodation costs by…

Travel is changing rapidly in the tech-savvy 21st Century – but perhaps no more so is this the case than in terms of accommodation. Nowadays you can score a bargain by booking last minute hotel deals or perhaps even look further beyond hotels to the likes of renting an apartment or sub-letting a room via websites like AirBnB. 

5. Cut food costs by…

Food is one of the least considered costs when it comes to travel but as it is vital to your livelihood, its a cost you can’t cut completely. But thankfully there are some swift tricks to have up your sleeve on your travels. For starters, if you can score accommodation with an included breakfast buffet you can ideally cover two meals in one with a big brunch before you spend your day exploring. For the rest of the day you can save money by snacking on supermarket meals or grabbing a bite to eat on-the-go. Eating cheap doesn’t have to mean eating unhealthy, just be sure to do your research before you arrive at your destination and you’ll find some great cheap eats. A good place to start is by finding the student neighbourhood in the city you’re visiting for some great cheap eats from around the world.

6. Slow Travel

 Travel costs soon sky rocket when you add big airfares, transportation to and from the airport, and extra costs like baggage excess fees. Travelling to fewer countries in a slower manner will allow you to save loads of cash and, after all, what’s the rush!? We have our entire lives to keep travelling, explore more places, go on new adventures… slow travel will enable you to see more, even if it sounds like less.

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7. Get a Job Overseas

Love travel so much that you’re not ready to give it up as your funds are running low!? Consider working overseas. There are more and more jobs popping up for travellers beyond the traditional ones (like yachties, au pairs, or flight attendants), so be sure to keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to travel with your job.  

8. Walk!

 You can almost entirely cut out transportation costs if you ditch the taxis or public transport and instead opt to walk everywhere in your new destination. Not only does this save you bucket loads of cash (trust me, it all adds up!), but it is also the best way to see a new city. Put down the map and get gloriously lost.

9. Phone a Friend

Call up your friends, friends of friends, family friends, friends of family friends and that aunty you’ve heard so much about but never met. Staying with friends and family is a sure way to save a lot on your travels, especially when it comes to accommodation and meals. More times than not people are just as excited to have you visit as you are to visit them, so be sure to ask around. 

10. Be on the Hustle

Hustle, Haggle, do whatever you gotta do to save on costs – you’d be surprised how much money you can save if you just ask. I once asked for a one-way bus ticket in Easter Europe and just before handing over the cash to pay, asked how much it would cost for a return ticket. It was much cheaper, so I took the return option and only ever used the ticket to go one-way. Be sure to ask questions and think outside of the box, if you don’t ask you’ll never know!


Feel free to share your own money-saving travel tips below with other readers!


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    July 29, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    If your destination is not that far away, consider asking the locals directions and walking there. It’s a great chance for you to see the city and take pictures.

    Brenda Tavares
    May 25, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Very nice tips! I use to do the same!!

    Jim Parsns
    May 21, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Brooke, love your posts, especially the pics. I would add that in Europe there are good cheap hotels right opposite railway stations… no taxi needed or lengthy walks burdened down and no panic to get to the train station on time when you leave. Moreover, the railway is often the traffic hub for trams and buses, as well.

    May 21, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Having friends oversees definitely helps to save loads of money on accomodation! But if you dont have a friend abroad, go for couchsurfing! It’s for free and the people are just as lovely and friendly as your real friends!

    April 22, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    these were quite helpful. part of developing myself especially overseas this year will be to cut on costs and learn the ways of haggling.

    Sarah Kakakhel
    April 22, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Brittany! Would you mind sharing a link to Disney on a budget? I would be curious about what your approach is. Thank you!

    March 10, 2015 at 9:21 am

    When I was 18 years old I wanted to travel around Europe however I didn’t have enough money. I got children’s nanny job in Finland. The high wages in that expensive part of the world let me get savings. The family had three children, two houses and a log cabin. I came home using an Inter Rail Pass back to England. I was able to visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany and then Hungary. I very much recommend working overseas. A great job would be a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in place where that skill is needed.

    March 10, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I like your tips very much. I would say Eastern Europe is charming and the prices are lower than I am used to in England. I used to live closer to London and at that time I loved the low airfares. Now the airport tax from there is high. I take some food on my trips. On a plane I take drinks in 100ml bottles. It is way cheaper than on board drinks.

    March 9, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Informative Post, thanks!!

    February 25, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Thanks for sharing those tips, I really love the idea of slow travel plus it can save you money as well 🙂

    January 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Great ideas here! It’s so important to make the money go further when you travel. I just wrote a piece about doing Disney on a budget…one of the harder places to visit without spending tons!

    January 24, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Great tips! I shared your blog with my readers today in a link love post.
    xoxo Aimee

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    January 23, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Great tips!! I love when a hotel has a free breakfast included in the price. Plus, it’s nice being able to just walk to the lobby to eat instead of walking/driving to a restaurant.

    January 23, 2015 at 6:59 am

    These are great tips. I am a firm believer in learning to love the low season. There is something special about traveling in places when the real people are out more than the tourists. One of my goals in traveling is to learn how people really live around the world. Going to places only at the absolute sunniest time of the year doesn’t give the most accurate picture of that.

    January 23, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Well, THANK YOU for that post! It’s brilliant and so true! I am heading for Stockholm next week and I will definitely keep your hints in mind. Travelling is a hobby that has to be planned very well, but in the end: to travel is my favorite hobby.

    Thx and hugs, Thea /

    January 23, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Awesome tips! Thank you for always sharing this brilliant ideas, it is so inspiring to travel the world! With love,

    Marie @ Marie Away
    January 23, 2015 at 4:22 am

    I love the tips! I’m so excited to challenge myself to keep to a minimal budget this year, through cooking for myself, couchsurfing, ride sharing, and other things.

    One great reminder is how easy it is to safely meet up and travel with others, via connecting on the internet. So many travellers are looking to split the costs that you can really work together to maintain your budget.

    January 23, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Your blog is such a great inspiration and I really need those tips! When I have finally finished school I want to travel a lot and I still need some inspiration.

    x Kate

    January 23, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Great tips, it saves me so much money to travel during the low season. The weather may not be the greatest, but I like less crowds and affordable prices. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    January 23, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Love the tips especially the gotta Hustle to me the most significant.

    January 23, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Great tips! I can only agree with these all, I love slow travel and walking in a new city is for me the best way to see as much as I can and discover corners that otherwise I’d miss.

    January 23, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Great tips! Your thoughts on slow travel has definitely broadened my perspective on how to see more for less!

    January 22, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Great tips!

    January 22, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I love this website! And thanks for the awesome tips. I think they are especially great because most of them don’t only let you save some cash but as well give you a little deeper understanding of the places you’re visiting. And these are the best moments I think!
    All the best

    January 22, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    These are really practical and valuable tips. I do follow some of them like haggling and traveling to offbeat places. I guess, the more seasoned you are as a traveler, the more you learn the tactics of saving money.

    EmilyAnne Thomason
    January 22, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Great advice! My husband and I often travel to winter.

    January 22, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Travel slowly is the best advice ever. Nothing better than immersing yourself into a new city and the money savings from it too!

    January 22, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    This post came just in the right time 🙂 I start traveling in Australia in 2weeks and happy about every tipp. Thanks for all those smart hints about traveling 😀

    Cheers, Sanji

    Uros @ Fine Stay Slovenia
    January 22, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    A number of money saving ideas. I loved it. Whenever we plan for a holiday trip, budget is the biggest matter to think on. If we follow the tips you have mentioned here then I think we can save a lot of money. thank you for putting all together.

    January 22, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    I like the idea of slow travel best… People often tend to rush to much, instead of exploring a place thoroughly!

    January 22, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Love these tips! Especially the one about haggling.. it can be so fun sometimes haha!

    January 22, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Hi there, can you suggest some good sites for last minute hotel booking in Europe?

    January 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    It’s crazy you’ve been chasing winter! I’ve been chasing summer for the past year and been staying on beaches and islands, but I am kind of missing the cold. Chasing winter definitely sounds like it could be chill. 😉

    January 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Great post! It seems like you enjoyed my country a lot (Bosnia and Herzegovina) as I see pictures of it often on your blog. That makes me beyond happy! You’re welcome any time to give us another visit! Be my guest for example and explore another part of Bosnia! 🙂

      January 23, 2015 at 1:11 am

      Thanks to this blog I actually plan to pass by Bosnia this summer (photos looked too stunning!) – can you give me some advice what I MUST see? On the Internet, Bosnia unfortunately takes little place. I’ll be interailing, so everything connected to trains is of course better, but if you have any hidden gems for me, I would very much appreciate it 🙂 Thank you!

    Isabella Hofmeyr Pretorius
    January 22, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Thanx Brooke! These are some great tips, will keep them in mind when planning my next trip 🙂