Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or just heading out on one of your first trips, chances are you put some thought into that all important aspect of your travels- the budget. The fact is, the longer you can make your money last, the longer and farther you can go! Traveling doesn’t have to be as expensive as many people make it out to be. Contrary to some beliefs, it’s not something that only rich people can afford. You can travel on a budget, and it can be even more fun to do it that way, believe it or not! When you travel and stay on a budget, it forces you to get to know people in different ways. You make connections that you might not otherwise have made. So read on to learn more about some tips and tricks for finding cheap accommodations to make your money last while traveling:
Choose an affordable destination
First things first: if you choose somewhere that’s exorbitantly expensive to travel, you’re probably going to find yourself running out of money a lot sooner! There are some places in the world that are just pricey and are going to drain your cash, while others will stretch it very far. You can compare the cost of living in different cities like New York, Melbourne, London and Chicago if some of these cities might potentially be on your itinerary. It’s always a good idea to have some idea of how pricey your destination will be before you go. You don’t want to be shell-shocked by the price of a meal or hotel room when you arrive, so do your research and you should be fine. Destinations like Central America and Southeast Asia will be the best bets for stretching your money as far as it can go. In these places, you can sleep sometimes for $2-3 per night and eat for $1-2 per meal!
Get creative with where you stay
The most expensive way to travel is obviously to stay in fancy hotel rooms everywhere you go. And the cheapest would be sleeping on a beach! But there are plenty of options in between that can leave you feeling comfortable and still leave your budget intact. Look into hostels in the destination you’ll be traveling to. Hostels are a great and cheap way to sleep and also to meet other travelers. You can stay in dorm rooms for just a few dollars per night and also meet great friends that way. Or use Couchsurfing to find hosts in the places you’ll be traveling. You can stay for free, and in exchange give only your friendship and maybe a meal or two! Finally, you can use a work-share program like WWOOF or Workaway to find places to stay. Here, you’ll exchange a set amount of work hours per day for accommodation and usually meals as well. It’s a great way to know the local people and try out a new skill; a more adventurous way of traveling than staying in hotels for sure!