Travelling doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, it probably shouldn’t. But on the flip side, being on a budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on experience. You’ve probably worked hard to save for your trip, so you still want to enjoy it and feel like you’re actually experiencing rather than missing out because you can’t afford things.
It can seem daunting, but trust us, if you know where to look and how to plan, maximising your travel budget isn’t such a tricky thing.
To get you started, here are five of our easy peasy tips for travel on a budget.
1. Take local, public transportation. Buy a day, week, or multi-day pass, grab a map, and explore!
2. Shift away from the touristy neighbourhoods and into the local neighbourhoods. That’s where you’re less likely to find price-gouging, and more likely to find authentic local culture. Double win!
3. A little bit of advanced research goes a long way (think: free museum days, local deals, and incentives for visiting places away from peak times). For instance, Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (pictured below) has discounted admissions on Fridays, and the Art Gallery of Ontario is free on Wednesday evenings.
4. Be smart about your accommodation. If hostels are your thing, great, but if not, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great budget options out there. Use sites like Hotwire.com for great hotel deals, particularly in the US (this is a fave tip from our Boston team), or stay in local apartments you find on places like HouseTrip, GowithOh, Knok, or Roomorama – they’re usually more economical and located in local ‘hoods, so you have yet another double win on your hands!
5. Train your nose to sniff out happy hours wherever you go. Even if you don’t drink, happy hours usually have food specials as well. Bonus!
Have some tried and true budget travel tips? Share them in the comments below!