15 Ways How To Travel Abroad On A Budget

Believe it or not, with a little flexibility and a bit of know-how, you’ll be able to save money while traveling abroad. Here are our 15 best ways how to travel abroad on a budget.

Are you one of those who find themselves scrolling through your Instagram feed, daydreaming about faraway lands, inspiring photography, and life-changing adventure?

But when you check your bank balance…dammit.

Fortunately, we have a bunch of great tips to help you cut back on your traveling costs. Give these ideas a try when you decide to travel, and you’ll save hundreds of bucks on your trip.

Tips to travel abroad on a budget:

1. Research for Budget-Friendly Country

When you are planning for your trip abroad, you should focus on some budget-friendly countries.

Go online and do some research to make a list of economic countries then shortlist any 4-5 countries, read about their history, culture, weather conditions, the best time to visit, etc.

 

2. Research Cost of Living

Once you have chosen your country, now its time to check the cost of living in that particular country.

To do so you can research online and estimate your daily expenses like your local sightseeing, accommodation, food, and transportation, etc.

 

3. Check Currency Exchange Rates

If you are going abroad, currency exchange can also be your major concern. Check online exchange rate fluctuations.

If your own country’s currency is stronger than your visiting country then you don’t have to be worry but on the contrary, your travel country’s cost of living can steal your budget.

 

4. Book Your Travel in Advance 

Now, you have decided your destination, its time to book your logistics to save some extra pounds.

Mostly train, buses, and air ticket companies offer early bird discounts. It will always be advisable to secure your tickets in advance and make your trip more cost-effective.

 

5. Apply Your Visa Sooner

Once you have done with your travel tickets, time to apply for your visa. The Visa process generally takes the longest time to approve and it will cost you a lot if you apply later. Some countries do not accept late visa which means you would have to re-plan your trip.

 

6. Cut Out the Middle Man

It is always advisable for the first time traveler to go with a tour company or with some organization.

It saves your time and stresses no doubt. But if you want to do budget travel, you have to plan on your own.

There are many articles online which can help you with your visa, tickets, accommodation, safety tips, weather, sightseeing places, etc.

 

7. Don’t Exchange Money at the Airport

Most of the first time travelers exchange their money at the airport thinking that it is most convenient for them. That’s why the money exchangers at the airport charge a hefty commission fee.

To make your trip budget-friendly, just exchange enough amount for your taxi ride and when you will reach the main city, you can exchange there on better rates.

 

8. Don’t Carry Too Much Cash

Carrying too much cash with you, keep you away from budget travel. As your cash has lost, then there is a little chance to get it again.

When you carry cash, you can’t keep track of every time you spend. When you want to know at the end of the day, where your money was spent, it can make you feel bad about your mindless shopping.

 

9. Use a Budgeting App or A diary 

If you are on a tight budget, you have to keep track of your spending. To do this, you can download an app on your phone or write down your daily expenses at the end of the.

When I travel, I usually keep away my phone as much as possible so that I can get the most out of my trip.

I prefer to write in my diary. I write down the total estimated budget, then categorized my spending and also set my limit to spend in a day.

I prefer to write in my diary. I write down the total estimated budget, then categorized my spending and also set my limit to spend in a day.

 

10. Interact with the Locals

To know the culture of your chosen country, you should hang out with the locals. The locals will guide to visit those places, any guidebook or online blog are failed to tell you. You can taste the real authentic food of the country.

It will not only save your money which you will be supposed to spend in fancy restaurants but also help you to get a deeper insight into a different culture.

 

11. Choose local transport to travel around

If you book your trip with some organization, they offer you to take a taxi for local sightseeing and you would prefer to take because of safety reasons.

I also give first priority to my safety while traveling alone but if you are traveling on a budget, you should choose public means of transport.

For this, you can take the help of the locals. In my travel experience, locals are very helpful always. 

 

12. Learn the local language

As I have told you earlier, if you want to save your money while traveling you should take the help of the natives, and learning their language will make the work easy.

When the locals find travelers speaking their language, they feel more proud and give the travelers full support.

But always keep in mind that don’t become too friendly with them, otherwise it can harm you as well.

 

13. Avoid Traveling During Holidays

It is a common mistake that everyone has done in their lifetime. They plan their trip during the holidays.

It costs them too high in terms of overpriced air tickets, accommodation, and overcrowded to explore the destination fully.

For families who are planning to travel, they have to compromise with those costs but if you want to avoid all those extra costs and want to enjoy your trip on a budget, you should be flexible with your travel dates.

Travel during weekdays or in the off-season (of your country as well as your travel country) can save a lot.

 

14. Fundraise for your trip

If you are traveling for a noble cause, then you can raise funds for your travel. There are numerous websites on which you can create your profile and fundraise campaign.

Once it’s established, you can share it on social media where you can reach a wide audience for free.

Also, you can take the help of your family members to support you for this noble cause.

 

15. Don’t buy things you don’t need

Generally, when we travel to a foreign land, we buy items as souvenirs for friends and family.

If we are on a short trip then it’s fine to buy some souvenirs but if we are planning for the long term adventure, then hold on!

This impulsive buying can make a big hole in your pocket. Plus you need an extra bag to carry those stuff.

So if you are going on a long trip, your focus should be on collecting memories, not things.

Get Ready For An Amazing Trip!

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