Recently we posted an article revealing our number one tip for budget travel. And it got us thinking, while our tip has worked great for us, it’s only one of the many awesome budget travel tips out there. We took to our favorite travel blogs asking them the question; what’s your best travel tip for saving money and traveling longer?
Join us as we hear about the best budget travel tips from some of our favorite travel bloggers!
Learn how to score crazy deals on flights – Backpack ME
If you travel with a limited budget (or just want to be smart about your expenses) it is important to keep an eye on the things you pay for on a daily basis. But, more than that, it’s essential to try to save on the major expenses as that is exactly what will make a difference in the big picture! For us, and many other travelers, that translates into booking the best deals on flights.
Flexibility of schedule is key on scoring the best prices on flights: if you don’t limit your search of flight to a specific date, but instead a period of time, you are much more likely to come across sweet deals. Other than that, be prepared to face long lay-overs or not so straightforward routes if you want to save more money. After dozens of flights on all sides of the world, we’ve perfected some techniques to score crazy deals on flights no matter where we go.
Bargain your way through the world – Bunch of Backpackers
One of the best ways to save money during my travels was to bargain. In tourist areas this is almost always possible, wherever you are in the world! I bargained for tours, souvenirs and accommodation. So, what’s the secret to great bargaining? The number one rule is ‘Be friendly’. A smile can make the difference. It’s important that the person that you’re bargaining with starts liking you and eventually is willing to help you out. So, now let’s move on to the more practical tricks. Everyone knows the walk-away technique. When the owner calls you back you know you were close to a ‘reasonable’ price. If not, you may have aimed to high. But no worries, you can always go to the next shop/stand/hotel.
This is also essential: always check different places and do your research to get a rough feeling for the price. When you shop around don’t carry too much money with you! The chances are that prices rise once they see your big banknotes. Another tip is to try not to be disappointed once you closed a deal. It’s tempting to think ‘Ow, I could have maybe gone a bit further down’, but there is really no point in that. Ask yourself how much you think it’s worth for you and just be happy that you already bargained some of the price down, and maybe grant the owner a bit of extra profit! Final tip: don’t be shy, you can always try!
Think in local currency – The Crowded Planet
Whenever people ask us how we manage to stay on the road for months at a time, our answer is always this: start thinking in the local currency. If you’re traveling around developing countries it’s very easy to fall into the trap of converting to the euro or dollar, thinking everything is so cheap and splashing out on swanky dinners and pricey drinks. Don’t get me wrong; there’s no problem with the occasional splurge, but it must be occasional! What we usually do, in the first couple of days somewhere new, is ask around to get a rough idea of costs; hotels, food, local transport and so on. This way we can keep track of what we spend and avoid being overcharged. And of course, we never, ever convert. You’ll think twice before parting with 250 rupees, but 3.11 euros? I guess not.
Finding the best food – Mytanfeet
A few of our best budget travel tips are about finding food. Yeison and I love to eat and try new foods,but we believe that you don’t need to pay a ridiculous amount of money to eat authentic and tasty food. Whenever we’re in a new place we ask the cab drivers where the best and cheap place to eat is. Cab drivers always have to eat out, so they are a great resource for cheap and tasty local food and they usually know which ones are open late or are twenty-four hours.
For grocery shopping, we always ask the locals to find out where they do their shopping. Buying North American or European brands in Central America is always more expensive, so to cut down on grocery money we try to buy local brands as often as we can. It helps to do some research online before you go, but you can’t always find that information so it’s best to ask the locals when you get there. For a few minutes of asking around you can save a lot of money by finding out which one is the (normally) cheaper local grocery store compared to the expensive tourist one.
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