Learn how to travel on a budget.
- Don’t take the easy route and jump on a tour to see your surroundings.
- Public transportation can usually take you to the same places the tours do.
- Spend some time while having a drink on the beach the night before and check out the destinations so you can explore them yourselves.
- Don’t want to spend time figuring out what you should see in the town you’re in? No problem! Check out a local tour website - usually they break down the itinerary with each place they visit! This will take you 5 minutes and now you know all the popular places to choose from!
2. SPEND TIME RESEARCHING ACCOMMODATION
- Booking last minute you can find cheaper deals since hotels don't want empty rooms.
- If you are in the town walk around and get a feel for it before you book.
- Hotels/Hostels will often give you discounts if you book directly with them. Just ask for one!
- Don’t always trust hotel booking sites reviews - a lot of times these are paid reviews.
3. HOLD BACK ON BUYING TRINKETS
- You are going to see things you’ll want to bring home everywhere you go - don't give in!
- Limit yourself to only buying small gifts for others.
- The act of a small gift for your loved ones at home, means just as much as a large gift.
- Buy the same thing for all of your friends at home and save by getting a discount for buying multiple!
- Spices, shells, local candies, bracelets are always fun and affordable gifts.
4. CHOOSE LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
- Local transport will save you a lot of money - budget a daily amount and don't go over.
- Try to only take taxi’s or private shuttles when you feel it is necessary for your safety.
- If you have the time, local transport is such a great way to spend less and experience the life of the locals.
- If a taxi seems cheap, then chances are buses are pretty much free!
- Allow yourself the time to wander and take in your surroundings.
- You’ll get some great exercise in!
- You will leave the cities feeling like you have a true understanding of everyday life. Explore the small streets, get lost, and discover hidden gems!
6. EAT THE LOCAL FOOD
- Choose where you eat out wisely! Try to eat where you see locals eating.
- If you see more travelers than locals at the restaurant - keep walking.
- Simpler the menu - chances are the food will be more authentic and cost efficient.
7. DON’T TRAVEL DURING BUSY SEASON
- “Rainy season” in tropical destinations doesn’t always mean it’s much different than other times of year.
- Traveling during off season can save you more than half the cost on hotels and flights
- If you are looking to save money and still travel - it might be worth it to exchange some tropical morning rain fall for cheap prices!
- Drink the local liquor and beer - don’t buy imports.
- You can buy the same beer in the grocery stores for half the price as in the bars.
- Keep a stock in your fridge and save when you go out.
- A lot of times beer is cheaper than water and soda.
- Try not drinking for a a few days! You’ll wake up feeling more energized and will quickly save a good amount of money.
9. SAVE MONEY WITH MEAL CHOICES
- Check out the local markets for groceries.
- Cook for yourself instead of eating out.
- Choose a place to stay that has a kitchen.
- Always pack snacks so you don’t get Haaangry!
10. EVERYTHING IS NEGOTIABLE
- In local markets it is normal for the sellers to offer you a price that is double or triple what they would charge a local. Haggle with the sellers in a fun way - try walking away and see if they call you back!
- Ask someone at your hotel or server at a restaurant what the normal negotiation is for certain places.
- There is no harm in asking for a discount - you can only stay even or save some money.
- Hotels/Hostels will often offer you a discount if you:
- book for multiple nights
- they have open rooms and you are booking last minute
- ask for a discount