Budget Travel Hacks When You’re Broke

budget travel hacks

Budget Travel Hacks when you are broke. https://tripalert.net

budget travel hacks
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You’ve come to the right place if you dream of traveling full time but are wondering how on earth people like us who dont come from a wealthy family can pay for itFor the last couple of years, we’ve been traveling the globe and at the same time paying (lots!) of student loans. 
This has forced us to use out of the box creativities and learn the best travel hacks on super tight budget for traveling around the world and that It’s our joy to share these 
budget travel hacks with others so that we can show that travel 
doesn’t have to be pricey, and that you don’t have to be wealthy to go on your dream holiday. 
You can, too, if we can do it!  One by one, we will go through these tips with you 
and show you exactly how to fly like us on budget.
  1. Use Incognito Window

Everybody loves traveling for the best bargains. Using the incognito window, websites have a cheeky way of knowing what they’ve quoted you in the past and will hike up the price when you return back if you have not booked yet. So in order to make things competitive and cheap, make sure you are browsing on the hush

budget travel hacks

2. Hostels/ Airbnb

Try couch surfing or stay in hostels or Airbnb s if you want to save money, it’s a great way to not just save money but also stay in local neighborhoods. And get that local feel that us travelers seek out also on Airbnb and couchsurfing, you’re in someone else’s house. And hostels you have access to a kitchen so you can go to a grocery store a local grocery store and cook your food back at your place. So you don’t have to spend three times four times the money out at a restaurant

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3.  Sign up for a free class using the hostel’s bulletin board. Get out like the locals.

Take a free class or go on a free tour one of the many amazing things about hostels because there are quite a few things that I absolutely love is usually at the front lobby, there’s a bulletin board. And on a bullet on that bulletin board they post things that are happening within the community, within the hostel and many times those things are free classes that you can participate in are free walking tours of the city or staying and just a way to get all the travelers together and create that sense of community that we all absolutely love when we travel if you want to get an authentic experience and also save money go where the locals go, the locals know best. They don’t just know where the best food is, but they know where the best bang for your buck is. So get to know the locals. or start a conversation with a local and ask them where the best place to get local cuisine is many times I’ve found myself at a little stall on the street eating like this delicious street food that cost me next to nothing, and ends up being one of the best meals I’ve had on that trip work for free room and board.

4. Travel and do part time work aka Exchange skills

Most of the time hostels are run by travelers who’ve been passing through, decides to stay for a couple of months, and end up working at the hostel for free room and board. So if you don’t really have a schedule and a time frame for your travels, you can extend those travels or save money on your travels by working at a hospital working at the front desk or making up the rooms or whatever. Another option is like Wolfgang, where you’re you’re working on a farm in exchange for food and a stay as well. There’s so many other options. And I’ve actually included those options

5. Choose cheaper destinations

If you are on a tight budget, don’t go to Europe, because it’s going to cost you a lot more and you’re not going to have as much time to travel. If you were to go to somewhere like Southeast Asia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, where you can really really stretch your budget, I would say from experience that I would be able to spend the same amount of money, spending maybe two weeks in Europe, and doing like the same kind of activities eating the same amount of food as I could spend staying like two three months in Thailand. So if I don’t really have a time frame, and I just want to really travel as long as possible, I would stretch my money by going to places like Southeast Asia. And to add to that traveling in the off season will also save you usually when people travel, they don’t have an endless amount of time. Maybe they have a couple weeks or up to a month and they want the best weather possible. So you’re going to choose what’s called high season this is when the most travelers are traveling in that destination because of the weather, for example is going to be the best. But if you’re more flexible and you have more time traveling low season will save you so much money in the high season hotels or tour companies will really hike up the prices. So you’re going to be paying like double or even more if you’re traveling the high season compared to the low season. Another great thing is that there’s not as many travelers it’s less crowded in the places that you’re going to visit.

budget travel hacks

6. Reach out to other like minded travelers

Talk with other travelers. If you have other friends or family members who are into traveling as much as you are, or reach out to bloggers or YouTube creators, hey, just talk with other travelers because a lot of the times they’ll have advice or maybe they’ll even know of some deals to the places that you want to travel to. Perhaps they know someone you can stay with and the destination you’re going to or they have a friend who owns a tour company. You never know until you talk to other travelers you can save your money sign up for travel bloggers newsletters like ours. We do have a bi weekly newsletter where we share deals as well as giveaways and updates on our travels. So if you want To know more about travel deals, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.

7. Use a VPN to book things like your flights to get good deals.

If you’ve never heard of a VPN, it’s basically a plugin that is tricking the internet to thinking you’re in a different location. I’m going to give you an example. Okay, so there’s Okay, this is Bob. This is Louise Bob is in London. Louise is in Toronto, they both want to book the same flight from Toronto, to London. But Bob is getting a better deal because he’s located in London. That’s it. That’s the only reason. So by changing your VPN, you can act like you’re in London when you’re not actually in London and get that cheaper deal.

8. Frequent flyer points.

This one is one of my favorites, because you’re just spending the money that you would normally spend on a daily basis buying food, buying gas, etc. But you’re collecting points that you can use towards travel, you can use on flights you can use on accommodations you can use on tours, there are many credit cards that offer different point systems. So you have to really shop around and find the one that’s best for you. I use the American Express platinum and love it because it not only gives me really good points, but I get access to so many lounges around the world. And there’s other perks with the card that are just definitely makes it worth the annual fee.

Some of the perks for example is I get $250 that I can put towards either hotel or flight every single year. I’ve also gotten $250. And I can use that duty free to get a crap ton of alcohol that I’ll never drink. But my friends love coming over pack light to avoid baggage fees I’ve been preaching carry on only for years now because that’s how I’ve been traveling. And it’s benefited me in so many ways. One, I always know where my stuff is to, I don’t have to pay those stupid baggage fees that cost too much three and never have to worry about someone going into my bag or losing my bag when I get to a destination. And if I have a tight connection, I don’t have to worry about my bag, not making it to my destination and getting lost. Who knows where but we’re talking about money here. So we want to save as much as we can, wherever we can, and not having to pay baggage fees, that’s going to save you an extra up to even sometimes $100 on your trip.

9. Get around by foot by bike or by public transportation.

Taxis numbers are great, they’re convenient and all but they cost money, they definitely cost a lot more than using your two feet and walking around or renting a bike for a day or taking public transportation, which are all awesome ways to really immerse yourself in the culture and get to places where you can get to buy cars, there have been so many times where I’ve just been walking around a new place or biking around and I find like little areas that I get lost in and I wouldn’t have been able to get there. If I were to have been driving or taking a taxi. There have been times where I’ve found myself in little tiny like alleyway type places where I’ve discovered a really delicious restaurant, or struck up a conversation with a local and those end up being one of the best travel stories that I have on that trip five to one destination and then take public transportation to your final destination.

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10. Use a hub connection and be flexible

An example of this for me would be flying from Toronto to London again, it is probably the cheapest way to fly out of Toronto to get to Europe. But say I’m trying to actually get to Hamburg, Germany. So if I choose that cheaper flight to London, and then I just take a train to Hamburg and get still get to my destination but I’m saving money in the meantime. And to go with that if you also take an overnight train an overnight bus, then you’re saving money on accommodations. This one doesn’t work for everyone. But if it does work for you, it will definitely save you being flexible with your travel dates on Skyscanner, you have the option of looking at the overall month and seeing where the cheapest date is to travel to your destination.

If you are flexible, then you can choose that cheapest date to fly out and save money book a flight on a Tuesday or Wednesday. The reason is booking flights on these days is lower demand so you can get better deals. Not many people want to fly in and out on a Tuesday.

Usually they want to fly out on a Friday come back on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday. So if you have the flexibility, I recommend flying in and out on a Tuesday or Wednesday to save money sign up or continuously go and check out sites like why wise deals or why tripalert.net’s cheap flights because these resources are some of my favorite for finding the cheapest flights ever. Why Trip Alert is my favorite because it’s it’s only flights leaving out of Toronto going everywhere in the world. This is specifically for you go and check out the website right now and it will blow your mind because the guy who runs this is amazing. He posts the cheapest flights. However you find some I don’t know. But I love him for the cheapest flights leaving from Toronto everywhere in the world and I’m talking like $150 all taxes in return to places like Morocco or Costa Rica. And what’s also really great about it is that It’s not just last minute deals where you have to leave within a week usually have a two to three month window where you have to travel to get that deal, which I think is pretty great Scott’s cheap flights is another one I highly recommend signing up for because it’s flights leaving from all over the world is not specifically leaving out of Toronto going to other destinations. So it works for a lot of you watching kayak.com is also another great resource to find cheap flights, you can sign up for alerts. So say you’re flying from Los Angeles, California to Bangkok, Thailand, and you only want to spend anywhere under $1,000 for a return flight, including taxes, so you can sign up for an alert, tell them how much you’re willing to pay. And you’ll get notified when there are flights for $1,000 or less, I would highly recommend taking on money.

10. Check with your banks for flexible rates overseas on your ATM card

Banks usually have the option where you can sign up for their deals on atm cards for travelers, check out with them a couple of $ saved from the atm machine will add up big time savings. When you get to your destination using your debit card at an ATM, you will get the best rates this way. If you feel a little bit uncomfortable not having money on you. When you get to your destination then you can always exchange just a little bit back home. So you have enough to go from the airport to your hotel and maybe buy a couple of meals.

Bring a reusable water bottle with you. This is especially beneficial if you’re traveling for long periods of time. You’ll be surprised how much money you can actually spend on bottled water, it really adds up. Especially if you’re traveling destinations where the weather is really hot and you’re drinking a lot. I was actually surprised in places like India or Indonesia, Thailand, how easy it was to find filtered water systems where I could fill up my water bottle, I thought it’d be more inconvenient than ever. And I would just have to end up buying bottled water but I end up using my reusable water bottle quite often. So at least have an on you. So you have that option.

11. Eat a bigger lunch and the lighter dinner.

A lot of restaurants or food joints charge double for dinner than they would for lunch. So you might as well eat as much as possible for lunch, go for later dinner. You can save money that way or eat lunch out at a restaurant food joint and then go and get some groceries and make your own food for dinner at your hostel or Airbnb and save money that way to fly when no one else wants to I’m talking about those red eye flights, those early morning flights. You have to get up at like 3am and it sucks. But if you can save money. Sometimes it’s worth it. If you have a long layover, spend the night at the airport instead of getting an airport hotel room, which is going to cost you way more money than it should. There’s a really wicked website it’s called sleeping in airports dotnet and it tells you all the airports around the world where the best places are to sleep, to eat to find Wi Fi to lounge to shower, it tells you everything you want to know to make your overnight stay at the airport super comfortable and get that rest that you need.

12. Wash your dirty travel clothes in the tub or sink

or if you’re really lucky and have a whirlpool. Best washing machine. It actually makes me super angry how much hotels charge to do your laundry, who’s going to spend $10 to watch one sock. There have been times where we’ve stayed in places that have a whirlpool or just like a tub that has jets and we fill our tub with water we put our clothes and we sprinkle some like those tide packages. You can buy grocery stores and you turn on the jets and it starts like turning your clothes just like a washing machine when it’s fantastic.

13. Check out Coupon sites

It works so well check for deals and coupons on websites like travelzoo or Groupon, you can find some pretty sweet deals in the destinations you’re going to on tours, or accommodations, or restaurants, etc. One of the many great things about travel are the people that you meet other travelers, you build these connections with people that you can’t, you can’t find doing anything else. They happen really fast. And they’re they’re like hardcore deep connections that you can find. A lot of my best friends today are people that I’ve met all around the world from all these different countries during my travels. And now I have places all around the world that I can go and visit and stay with my friends and get a locals perspective, save on accommodations, and get to hang out with some of the most amazing people that I’ve ever met in my life. So the more you travel, the more people you meet, the more friends you make, and the more places you have to stay around the world. Skip the travel size products and talking about those little toothpastes or little shampoos and conditioners, get yourself go tubes which are reusable travel like 100 milliliter containers that you can reuse over and over again.

14. Get yourself a little containers and get the normal size toothpaste and just squeeze as much as you need into those reusable containers.

Do things that are great, you’re saving money and you’re helping the environment. Follow your favorite travel bloggers and travel youtubers to get to the best recommendations the best deals Connect With them reach out to them ask them if you reach out to me I will be more than happy to offer my advice or help you out in whatever way I can reaching out and not just us, but other people in this community are willing to help you to help you plan that trip to save money doing it. The vision with tripalert has always been to be able to reach out to as many people as possible, and help you realize that you can reach all of your travel dreams, you can travel the world and matter your lifestyle, no matter your budget.

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