The Secret Traveller
Tight-Ass Tips For Frugal Travellers
By The Secret Traveller
Want to save money while you’re out on the road? This is what you need to know.
Cook Your Own Meals
Feel free to ignore this advice if you’re going somewhere like Thailand, or Vietnam, where you can get an amazing meal on the street for far less than you could do it yourself. In Europe, however, or a lot of other countries, it’s much cheaper to hit the supermarket and then make use of the hostel kitchen to feed yourself on the cheap.
Stock Up On Free Breakfast
Not only are overnight trips on planes, trains and buses often cheaper than their daytime equivalents, but travelling throughout the night will also save you on accommodation. It’s a double-whammy: get to where you need to be, and avoid paying for a bed for the night.
Travel In Low Season
For discounted flights, and accommodation, and even full holiday packages, the secret is to travel when no one else wants to: low season. This might mean a bit of discomfort due to extreme weather conditions and a few attractions being closed, but you’ll save a huge amount of money.
Take Advantage of Free Entry
Plenty of famous art galleries and museums – even the likes of the Louvre in Paris – offer free entry on certain days. Do your research. It might be the last Sunday of the month, or every Monday, or every day after
The cheapest accommodation around is free: and it’s on some random’s couch. The couch-surfing website offers travellers the chance to stay with complete strangers in foreign lands, and it doesn’t cost a cent. As long as you can put up with sleeping in strange places, you’ll have free accommodation all over the world.
Get To Work
Getting desperate? Offer to work in exchange for accommodation. There are plenty of hostels out there that will sort out a sketchy deal for you – a few hours of manning the reception desk each day, say, for a dorm bed for the night. There’s also the chance to work on farms throughout many countries in return for food and board, or even cash in hand.
Taxis cost money. Buses cost money. Even dirty old tuk-tuks cost money. By far the cheapest way to get
Purchase Discount Cards
A lot of cities offer discount cards to tourists for various types of attractions. In some there will be discounted public transport; in
Even with limitless cash, you can’t do everything. When you’re on a strict budget, however, you need to be particularly brutal with your priorities. Cut attractions and activities that you’re not 100 per cent interested in out of your itinerary. Your funds are finite – make sure you’re spending it on the things you really, really want to do.
Research Free Activities and Attractions
Every city has a host of activities and attractions that cost absolutely nothing to do and see. Maybe it’s a museum, or public
Don’t Use Your Phone
Don’t even bother buying local SIM cards. If you’re smart, you can stay at hostels that offer free wifi and only use your phone when you’re in these zones. Use apps like WhatsApp and Skype to keep in touch with friends and other travellers, and do all of your bookings and transactions while you’re connected to a free signal.
Buddy Up With Other Travellers
The bane of any solo traveller’s existence is the single supplement, and even when these aren’t charged, everything from catching a cab to cooking a meal costs more when you’re travelling alone. To counter this, try to buddy up with like-minded travellers who are heading in the same direction as you. You’ll all save.
Access Your Money Wisely
Rather than storing all of your money in a regular bank account and being slugged with currency conversion fees and foreign access charges, look into either a “travel money” card, onto which banks lock in foreign currencies and let you withdraw as you travel, or a credit card that doesn’t charge fees for currency conversion. Also, try to withdraw large amounts of cash each time so as to cut down on fees.
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