Traveling on a budget may seem like it’s as difficult as two hobbits getting a ring to a mountain. But it IS possible, and just a tiny bit easier than what Frodo and Sam went through. Although, I am prepared to be your Samwise🤣
Budget Airfare Tips
- Using the right site for plane tickets is crucial. For domestic travel BookingBuddy is a great option and will scan for the best deals, click on the link to use it! For domestic or international, click here to use Skyscanner to find the best deals! I will do an entry on domestic vs international travel.
- Always start your search as soon as possible. Put in your dates, and if you are flexible check that box. Then enter your email address, and they will tell you when the price drops. When it does, JUMP ON IT!!
- If you don’t want to pay a ton for parking, check for friends in the area or hotels that are close where you can park your car and Uber or Taxi to the airport. It can save you $100+ 💲💲💲
Budget Lodging Tips
- Stay flexible on your plans during your trip, as some hotels will give you 1 night free for booking a certain amount of days.
- Make sure you’re booking with a really great website like Expedia or TripAdvisor.
- TripAdvisor is also great for checking out reviews and what the hotel and area around actually look like, as their professional photos always are their “best”.
- Check out hostels! Don’t be afraid of them because of rumors. Always be aware of your surroundings, but realize that staying at hostels increases your chances of meeting people from all over the world! I will be doing an entire entry on hostels, so stay tuned!!!
Great tips for eating out on a budget or making your own food
- Keep snacks, reusable water bottles, and what not in your hotel room. I don’t want to assume your snack identities…lol. My favorites are chips, gummy bears, and granola bars 😍
- Utilize your hotel staff on their opinions of the best food for the best prices. The staff will know local gems!
- If you are staying at a hostel, locate a grocery store upon arrival. Dive into the great food locally grown, and make your meals in the kitchen. One of my last trips to Costa Rica, the people next to us bought local giant (and I mean, huge) lobsters and let us try some! *More friends made, score*
- If you have a caffeine addiction like I do, DEFINITELY make sure you know locations of coffee shops, and where you can get soda. Some countries are more difficult than others, such as Costa Rica. I had to go to the grocery store in town everytime just to get a Coca Cola.
- Forage for wild berries and slugs 🤷♀️