Reduce your financial stress by traveling on a tight budget. Many would be travelers never see the world because they fear breaking the bank during their vacations. You can enjoy the world and hold onto your money if you carefully follow a few proven tips.
Building your bankroll on the road can be a breeze if you spend wisely. Do the local thing to save money. Resist the urge to go on a spending spree because you are on holiday. Be disciplined to have fun without draining your cash reserves.
Eat Local Food
Eat local food to save money. Buying your favorite food from home usually costs you a pretty penny depending where you are traveling to in the world. Eat from clean street stalls or local restaurants to sample the local fare and save yourself cash. Local food is often fresh, cheap and brimming with flavor. Find local restaurants by researching travel sites. Walk around your neighborhood to locate the best, least expensive haunts for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Find Budget Accommodations
Do strict online research to find budget accommodations. Most cities offer low budget travelers the opportunity to curtail their spending during short or long term vacations. Scan travel sites to find the cheapest hotels and apartments. Make sure these budget accommodations are both safe and clean. Living in a dangerous neighborhood is not worth the money you would save by spending time in such an establishment.
Find bargain basement prices by asking on travel sites and forums for the cheapest quality housing. Long term travelers might consider renting a house to save money.
Party Less and Do the Local Scene More
Do the tourist thing more often instead of blowing money at the bar or club. International travelers should embrace the local culture to get a feel for how the local people live. Hiking at a national park, walking or simply sitting on a park bench and observing local customs is a cheap and fun way to pass a day. If you are traveling domestically the same rules apply. Be a people watcher. Get back to nature. Leave the bar. Observe how the locals live. Save your money.
Build a Network of Traveling Buddies
Even if you rarely travel it pays to make friends with a few travel buddies who can point you in the right direction. Budget travelers tend to find the right spots for eating and living by consulting their travel friends. Build your travel network through social media sites like Facebook. Join travel specific groups. Share your experiences with others. Ask to connect with like-minded people.
Word of mouth travel information shared among friends can be golden advice. Save your cash by speaking to other budget travelers. Friends can supply you with all the information you need to enjoy your vacation without breaking the bank.
Set Up a Budget
Set up a daily travel budget to save money. Spend no more than a set amount each day. Hold onto your cash by being disciplined. Be reasonable. Setting an unrealistic budget tends to spoil your vacation. Give yourself some breathing room but be firm.
About the Author: Ryan Biddulph helps you take vacations without breaking the bank.