It seems to be the ultimatum between traveling or not.
‘I can’t afford it.’
Most people I know can afford to travel. The real truth is, it’s all about priorities.
For those who are going for it..
I decided to write up some of my tips on saving money while traveling.
1. Every penny counts
This was just something I knew I had to realise the second I started traveling. If I was at home and something cost an extra 20p, I would pay it. If I knew I was probably being slightly overcharged for a cab, I would still pay it. If someone needed to borrow afew $. I wouldn’t bother asking for it back.
This all has to change.
I dont mean turn into a stingy b*tch. Backpacking Asia really taught me the true meaning of value. I was paying $1 for my dinner. This doesn’t mean everywhere will be cheap and of course, make exceptions but keep track on how much things should cost.
Try to watch every penny you spend. It all adds up. The only reason I only managed to travel as long as I did was because I so careful with my money. I wasn’t spending my cash on things I didn’t need too.
I was walking to save myself on $2. I was always going for the cheapest accomadation and argued with taxi drivers over 20p.
I never had a daily budget or allowance, I just spent my money wisely, most of the time.
2. Walk/ Hitch hike
I first tried hitchhiking in Malaysia, and it was worryingly easy. I would suggest doing it with someone and keeping your wits about you however so many people are happy to give you a lift, they are going that way anyway.
It’s as easy as standing there, putting your arm out and thumb up. On the first few times I was a little unsure but once I spoke to the drivers, it was the first time for them also. Some we had great conversation, others we just sat and they dropped me right off where I needed.
It’s a very easy way to save money.
Walking. Most of us have legs. Use them. Taxi fee’s can add up. If it’s possible, walk. You never know what you will see!
3. Things are free
Unfortunately great experiences cost a lot of money however, you can find many free options that you can’t beat. Great company is priceless, beaches are free and you can never go wrong with a game of cards.
I love photography and sunsets and it doesn’t cost me a penny to find a lovely spot with my camera and watch the world.
4. Couch surf/hammock/tent/Car
There are lots of other options other than hotels & hostels.
Lots of places offer tents and some camping zones. I meet loads of people camping out or even just hanging up a hammock for the night. All around Australia people live from their cars or camping equiptment.
Couch surfing is free and a great way to meet people but always watch out for dodgy accounts and make sure it’s safe & genuine.
5. Dont go buying
Seriously. Don’t go looking for things you don’t need. Every country I went, every little town or island, they had some sort of beautiful markets or awesome traditional shops. I wanted things. I wanted to buy.
Shop. Purchase. I couldn’t.
I didn’t need any of those things. I occasionally needing to rebuy toiletries, and found a few beautiful wall hangings I had to pick up.
During the 6 months in Asia, I definatley picked up a few bits. A passport holder from Chiang Mai, a dress from Pai, some sandles from Hoi An were just a few things however all in all, I was never going out to shop.
I was limited for space in my rucksack and the more money I spent on stuff, the less I could travel and have all these experiances. Most importantly, I needed the money for food & accomadation.
6. Cheapest option
There are normally lots of different options other then the first one shown. The more you travel, the more travel hacks you will pick up.
You will know the cheaper airlines and sites. Make sure to compare flights, look at trains and over night bus’ instead of planes. Find deals on accomadation and share transport are just a few ways to keep things cheaper.
I still have a lot to learn, let me know yours and comment below.
7. Cut the booze
So a lot of you may hate me for this.
I cut out booze. Not completely, but I rarely drink.
Without going into it, I prefer Bob Marley to David Guetta.
The amount of money I found people spending on going out getting pissed, which there is nothing wrong with, never the less, if you are looking to cut down on the extra spending and start budgeting. You’ll skip the booze.
For two bottles of Chang beer in Thailand, I could afford a hostel room for the night. Doesnt take a genuis to work it out.
I am all for having fun and these are some of the best years of your life, crack open that beer on the beach however keep an eye on how much spending it may amount too.
Saigon at a rooftop bar // Ho Chi Minh
8. Cook with others
You’re staying in hostels? Homestays? Sharing kitchen space? Cook together. We all have to eat, dining out in South East Asia is very cheap however if youre traveling for a long term or even just enjoy cooking your own food. A massive bag of pasta, sauce can cost 20p if there a few of you eating.
Everyone is always after saving some pennies so mention it to people and I am sure other people will also be keen. Cook in large portions if you’re on the road. If you’re driving through a country, store cheap food options if accesible to a kitchen.
Bbq’s in Australia
These are just a few ways to save money! Let me know yours below!