Traveling. Something many claim they would love to do but few actually follow through it. I’ve seen countless posts on my Facebook saying “I can’t wait till I can start traveling” or “You’re so lucky to have been to these places.” Everyone has this idea that traveling is really expensive. The real truth is that traveling doesn’t have to be expensive. You read that right. Traveling CAN be cheap. Surprised? You shouldn’t be.
Traveling inexpensively all depends on you. If you’re flying from the United States to Europe for example, your plane ticket will be the most expensive part of your entire journey. If you’re willing to be flexible about where you go it can save you even more. Yes, everyone wants to see London, Paris and Rome. But if you fly into a lesser known country and then take a plane or a train to the more well-known place, you’ll definitely be able to afford the trip.
Another way to save on a trip is your choice of where you stay. Airbnbs, hostels, and even Couchsurfing (of which I’ve only read about from other travelers) are ideal ways to save money.
Another reason I would rather stay at an Airbnb or hostel is that most of them have kitchens. Yes, of course, you want to go out to eat and try all the local cuisine. And you absolutely should. But if you’re visiting an expensive place like London or Paris, eating out continually may not be reasonable on a budget. If you have a kitchen, you can buy some pasta and sauce or whatever cheap meal you like. When I stayed in in Walt Disney World recently , I ate sandwiches for breakfast and lunch to save myself money for another trip.
Flying to a lesser known country, staying at a hostel or Airbnb, and finding ways to eat without going out to restaurants all the time are just three ways to save money on a trip. There are plenty of other ways to save money, but it all depends on you and what you’re willing to do to save money as you travel.