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How to Save Money When Traveling

Updated on March 15, 2018

Travel Isn't Cheap

Most of us want to travel the world right? But sadly, travel isn't free and if you want to explore the world and broaden your horizons, you have to pay. But if you are a little bit smart, flexible and creative, you won't have to pay so much because there are ways you can travel the world without breaking the bank.

Stay With People You Know

If you are going anywhere, check to see if anyone you know lives there first, you may be going to visit them, or you may just want to crash on their couch. But ask nicely and see what they say, if they say yes, be a good guest, be polite, tidy and follow the house rules.

check train prices
check train prices

Check Your Train Prices

Sometimes it can be a lot cheaper to buy a train ticket to someone that is further away than your actual destination. Just get off sooner and nobody will be any the wiser! Always check this before you book, you can save a hell of a lot of money.

Clear Your History

We all know about the creepy way Google remembers us and gives us adverts based on what we have searched for in the past. But it's even sneakier than that, if you search for something a couple of times, you will find that the results have gone up in price!

That's because they know you are genuinely looking for it and might be willing to pay more.
Clear your browser history and cookies and everything and then search, the price will have gone down from the previous time you searched.

book early or late to save money
book early or late to save money

Be Prepared, Buy Early or Late

No matter what you are buying, you are pretty much guaranteed a decent price if you book early, and sometimes the same thing applies if you book late. So either book very early and be organized or book very late and be prepared to travel at a moments notice.

Low Season

Having kids puts kind of a dampener on this one as the laws in most places are fairly clear about taking kids out of school. But if you don't have any children then try traveling out of high season. The prices will be significantly cheaper and it won't be full of kids either so it's definitely a win-win situation.


If you have a skill that you can use to get free accommodation or a lift, try it. I once stayed with someone for a week because I said I would cook dinner every night. You can even try it with hotels, it helps if you have a good social media following.

Indirect Flights

If time isn't an issue, but money is, try getting an indirect flight where you have to make a couple of changes. These are inconvenient, but for the most part they are much cheaper.

Home Swap

If you live in a place that is popular with tourists, you could try home swapping. This is exactly what it sounds like, you swap houses with someone at no cost to either of you. This isn't for everyone as some people don't like the idea of someone else being in their home. But if you have no problem with it, check out places like Love Home Swap.

Eat Local Food

Don't look at where the rest of the tourists are going out to eat, look at where the locals are going. You will get a more authentic experience, and you will pay much less!

Take Advantage Of the Hotel Food

If you are staying in a hotel, take full advantage of whatever food you are getting. If you are getting a breakfast buffet, take a couple of things for the road. We've all done it.

Eat more or take some of the hotel breakfast, you paid for it!
Eat more or take some of the hotel breakfast, you paid for it!


They are not the most popular way to travel but they are definitely one of the cheapest, this is another instance when you would need plenty of time as coaches don't hurry.


Volunteering is a great way to get to see other places and do some good in the world, and all for free. Always double check the volunteer site is 100% legitimate and always take proper safety precautions.

Bring Your Own Food on the Plane

As long as it's not liquid you're allowed to bring your own food. Food on planes is notoriously expensive and terrible, so bring your own to avoid poisoning and poverty.

Walk around the places you visit to see stunning sights and save money.
Walk around the places you visit to see stunning sights and save money.

Walk Around

If you are able to walk around a beautiful place when traveling, then I think you should. You will see so much more of the place you are staying if you walk.

Lunch, Not Dinner

Going out to eat is more expensive at night time pretty much all over the world. Going out for lunch can save a lot of money, but you will still get a good meal.

Travel Can Be Cheaper

Going traveling is never going to be free, but there are at least a few ways you can make it less expensive.


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    • Claire-louise profile imageAUTHOR

      Claire Raymond 

      10 months ago from UK

      Thanks Louise, have a nice holiday, I wish my mum lived somewhere nice like Spain!

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      Louise Powles 

      10 months ago from Norfolk, England

      There's lots of good advice there Claire. I often clear my history on Google. I'm going to Spain soon for a holiday, but I'm lucky that my mother lives out there so effectively got a free holiday. I'm looking forward to going. =)


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