For the most of us when we travel, we want to get the most for our money, spending it wisely on the experiences that will take our breath away, and not on that ridiculously overpriced taxi from the airport that the driver convinced you was the only way to get to your hotel. But why take my advice as gospel when you can hear all the best tips from other travel bloggers from across the globe? That's why I've compiled travel blogger's number 1 tips for budget travel, to help you get the most out of your journeys.
Mapping Megan - Walk
Walk! Walking is free, and many city destinations will be easy enough to navigate on foot. Have an up-to-date map on hand, get to know the language enough that you can understand street signs or possibly ask for directions if you have to. Not only is it cheaper than the constant taxi rides, you get to see a side of your destination you would miss. And you don't usually notice the exercise when you're distracted by new scenery, pretty buildings, stopping in at hole in the wall restaurants along the way etc.
An extension of this tip is to make use of pedal-power to get around. Many cities offer bike rentals, with pick-up and drop-off locations, quicker than walking and still much less expensive than other forms of inner city transport.
Holiday Obsessive - Campsite Hidden Gems
My name is Vicki and I’m a holidayholic. I’ve been obsessed with holidays since I first saved up my Saturday job money to pay for one – it doesn’t matter where I go, how I travel or where I stay, I just love being away and seeing new places. I blog occasionally about tips, reviews, general holiday musings and the many disasters that tend to befall us on holiday (sad but true). Mother to two boys (twelve and nine), my focus these days is on family travel – and unless my blog suddenly goes viral, budget holidays are a necessity!
Top tip: I’ve long been a proponent of camping for saving money on holiday, especially in France, where campsites are generally very good value. It’s particularly good for families, and it’s a great way to travel around if you want to see new places. But for those less keen on sleeping under canvas, have you ever thought about renting a mobile home in a campsite? It still has everything you need – shower, toilet, fully equipped kitchen – plus, as a bonus, you get to use the campsite facilities too, which are likely to include a games room and playground and may extend to a pool, shop, tennis courts, kids club and more. Don’t expect a dishwasher or oven (you will get hobs and a microwave) and do expect to bring your own towels and bedding – but who cares if it means you save a fortune?! If staying in France (or, apparently, Portugal), look out for municipal campsites – these are owned and run by local councils and are usually very cheap. They tend to have fewer facilities but you often get free access to the local swimming pool. Finally, always book direct with the campsite and NEVER through Eurocamp or similar.
World Trippin - Hit The Less Beaten Track!
Steve left his finance job in 2018 to start World Trippin. This Adventure Travel Vlog Series focuses on connecting with different cultures and exploring World Music, Food, and Humans. The objective is to inspire people to embrace life to the maximum, travel to new and exciting places, and to provide local tips from different regions travelled.
Steve’s top tip for saving money while travelling is to avoid tourist destinations when eating. While searching for food, simply walk a few streets down from the tourist hubs; this will drastically reduce the price and likely provide a more genuine dining experience!
Bright Nomad - Being Open Minded
I'm Tal, ’ve been a digital nomad since 2009, visited about 40 countries around the world and have a strong passion for travel photography.
One of the best ways to save money on flights is to let the flight search engine choose the cheapest destination for you. When you use SkyScanner, Kiwi or Adioso to compare flight prices, first enter your current location in the “from” field and then type in "everywhere" or “anywhere” in the destination field. You will get a list of flights, with the lowest priced ones at the top of the list. This makes the decision on where to go next so much easier.
Poor Chics Travel - Make the most of public transport
I’m Qiana and poor chics do travel! My circumstances are not that different from many...I have a career-a rewarding one I enjoy which supports this habit of traveling. I love finding ways to save and nothing brings me more joy than fitting in an adventure here and there and saving along the way.
My most helpful tip: Research public transportation to each of the attractions/events/locations you plan to visit from your accommodations. Accommodations should be within walking distance of public transport for safety and its affordable.
Roots, Wings and Travel Things - Be your own Chef!
Roots, Wings and Travel Things is a family travel blog honoring our sons' innate curiosity and helping them grow both roots and wings through travel. Here is the heart of our blog. We are a single income, homeschooling family which means we’ve had to be remarkably creative in how we travel. Money is tight but educating our sons on the road is our top priority.
Our number one money saving tip for traveling is to make your own meals whenever you can! As a family of four, dining out three times a day can easily become one of our biggest travel expenses. We always try to book a hotel suite or find an AirBnB with a small kitchen so we can run to the grocery store and make most of our meals. We’ll still eat a nice meal or two out because we love exploring new food. We find ourselves enjoying those meals more because we’ve saved so much on the rest of our meals!
Her Life In Ruins - Get Rewarded for Eating Out!
When I travel, I'm constantly eating! I love diving mouth first into all the local cuisines. One way I've managed to save some money while travelling is using the OpenTable app! Basically you find a restaurant which sounds good to you on the app, make a reservation, show up for your reservation and have a great meal! Simple enough, right? Every time you honor a reservation, you get Dining Points, which can later be redeemed for gift cards and other awesome rewards. It's pretty wonderful and I can't recommend OpenTable enough!
Big World Small Pockets - Unconventional Digs
Hi there, my name’s Steph and I’m a travel addict! Never one for staying at home and working for too long, I’ve always had to make sure I can travel cheap to fund my nomadic lifestyle. Big World Small Pockets was created to share with you the highs and lows of budget travel – the sort of real, wild, global adventuring that fires up minds and sets hearts racing. I hope you enjoy it!
Accommodation is a really big money-burner when it comes to travel expenses, so trying to lower the costs of just this one factor can be huge when it comes to saving on your trip expenses. Instead of seeking the usual, why not consider couchsurfing, glamping or AirBnb. Accommodation exchange schemes such as Helpex, Workaway or Wwoofing are also a great way to keep costs down - or you can even try to score volunteer work in a hostel. Personally, I love travelling with a tent, which often allows me to sleep cheaply or for free. It also allows me to get off the beaten track a bit and go exploring in National Parks and other more remote areas.