How to Travel on a Budget

Traveling can be a great way to get away from your normal everyday routine and try and relax with family and friends. Some people make the mistake in thinking they cannot afford to travel, but traveling does not have to be expensive.

There are plenty of ways that you can travel on a budget — you just have to know how.


Do your homework

You should never book travel through the first website you find. Instead, take a decent amount of time and research all of your options. Smaller airlines may travel to the same destinations as larger commercial airlines, but they may do so at a fraction of the cost. You also need to calculate the cost of driving yourself versus taking a plane, as this may be a big cost savings that can easily fit into your budget.

Buses and trains are another option that people tend to overlook. Though traveling by bus may take longer to arrive at your destination, it may be the cost savings you need to afford your vacation.

Be sure to check out multiple websites for ticket deals. There are websites that may offer discounted tickets, but one site may be cheaper than the other. Always do extensive research and consider all the possible options before making your final decision.


Get creative with accommodations

Just like travel, there are websites that offer discounted prices on accommodations. The prices may even be cheaper if you book both travel and accommodations through them.

It is also important to consider all of your accommodation options while traveling. Rental houses or villas can be perfect if you are travelling with your family or friends. They also usually have kitchens, so you’ll be able to prepare some of the meals there. If five-star hotels are out of your price range, consider staying in a cheaper hotel. If you’re traveling with friends, consider staying in the same room to cut the price in half.

If you have friends or family who live in the area of your vacation, find out if you would be able to stay with them for either a few days or for the duration of your trip. Not having an accommodations expense is a great way to travel on a budget. Just be sure to be a polite and considerate guest.

Free Travel

Enjoy free attractions

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune to have fun. Most cities have plenty of free things you can to enjoy your time. Parks, sightseeing and window shopping can be a great way to view the town without spending money. Cebu, for example, has a lot to offer from historical landmarks to crystal clear waters. Depending on your preferences, most visited cities has something worthy of your time to get hooked with. Be sure to research your destination ahead of time and get to know the free options available.

While there, talk with locals and ask them for recommendations. It is also a good idea to walk or use cheap public transit while traveling through the town.

eat out

Don’t eat out

Rather than spending much for a single meal, buy groceries. If your accommodations have a fully functioning kitchen, buy groceries to create simple meals, such as spaghetti, tacos, hot dogs/hamburgers and even sandwiches. If your hotel only has a microwave, stick with items that don’t need to be refrigerated (unless your hotel has a fridge) and can easily be heated in the microwave.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to travel on even the smallest budget. Just be sure to research all of your options for both travel and accommodations and enjoy the attractions and activities that are free.

Herbert Kikoy

Surigaonon by birth, Butuanon by heart and now an adopted son of Cebu, Herbert is a hobbyist photographer who focuses on Food, Sports, Travel and Festivals photography.

1 thought on “How to Travel on a Budget

  1. This is a good read. I am also an advocate of the possibility of saving even when traveling. I definitely agree that we all should do our homework and this is one of the reasons why I prefer to book my own tickets rather than rely on a travel agency. I use fare comparison websites so I need not open several browsers. I also list down my non-negotiables/must-see and nice to see attractions as well as free attractions so I can properly allot my budget. I tend to avoid the touristy spots so I don’t fall for tourist traps.

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