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How to Save Money When You Travel?

How to Save Money When You Travel?

Traveling is hard when you have a budget you have to abide by. It is hard, yet it is not impossible. So, how to save your money when traveling? Yes, there are ways through which people can get their hands on to a vacation that ensures them lots of exciting fun but keeping them under the budget.

The first thing that people need to work through when they decide to go for a vacation is the destination where they would head to, and soon after that, get on with booking the seat on the flight so that they get cheaper rates. It is true that if people book their tickets a lot earlier than the flight, they get the most affordable rates for the flight. Getting a hold of a cheap flight is another option that people can go for. It is the destination and fun that matters, the conveyance shall never be the source of any problem. Once you have reached your destination point, you would not even care about the journey.

However, there are many other ways through which people can make sure that they do not spend too much on their trip. The next paragraphs have some of these tips, for people to read and get a better idea. In this way, they can make an informed decision in the upcoming vacations for that matter.


booking room on Airbnb is a good way to save money when travel
A room that you can book on Airbnb.

When the travelers are flexible with the accommodation, most of their worries take a U-turn and never return. To make sure that the trip is inexpensive, you can go for hostels or sharing a room with other tourists. By compromising a little on the privacy issue, people can get themselves the best host they could have asked for, who would help the tourists in understanding culture and advise them on various topics.

With the help of websites such as Airbnb and Couchsurfing, you can easily get a room and share it with other travelers. In this way, you will save money and get to interact with more people through their journey. Additionally, there is a trick that you can earn Airbnb credit for some free stays. Do you want to try?

Fly on Holidays

finding cheap flights or fly on holidays are ways to save money when travel

One of the major misconceptions is that the flights are expensive on the holidays. However, this isn’t true. The flights are cheaper on holiday, but before or after the holidays. It is a great idea to travel on 25th December, for example. But not on 24th or in the early 20s for that matter. People travel to their loved ones before the holidays start and get back to their cities just after the holidays, there are minimal flights during the holidays, and so the ticket would be cheap on the holiday itself.

Moreover, you can rely on search engines such as Jetradar or 12Go to look for cheap flights or other transports tickets. Those are easy to use and quite good in its process. Certainly, those search engines could help you save money a lot if you can take its advantages.

Look Out for Deals

You can search for deals on websites such as Hostelworld and Tripadvisor too. These are the websites that offer last-minute deals, and they are pretty cheap for the people to grab. Oh, they are easy to use, too.

However, this is only possible if you had no other arrangements for the accommodation. To illustrate, the deals have many types and are mostly random. It’s not prepared to fit your plan. Many of the deals are set based on the accommodations’ situations. Thus, it is a bit risky in that case.

View deals on Tripadvisor

Travel Slow

It is one of the most critical points when it comes to traveling. You shall stay at a place, admire the beauty, and try to learn about its culture. It’s always better than trying to strike off different spots on the ‘to-travel’ list and not getting a real look at any specific tourist spot.

Street Food

Smelly foods Stinky Tofu in Taipei
Stinky Tofu is a popular street-food in Taiwan and China that contains much cultural value.

Do not go for fine dining, or even eating at restaurants every time you go out. Let us be practical and think about this, you would have three meals per day, if every meal is costing you so much, you would have significantly less money to be spending on fun activities. Therefore it is better to choose street food that is cheaper more often, and that would help you save some extra bucks in this scenario.

In my opinion, by eating street food, you learn more about the place’s culture and sometimes tradition. Evenly, some of the street foods go alongside interesting stories that the locals may tell you when enjoying the dishes. Yes, participating in food tours, you probably get extra lessons on the way. Does it sound attractive to you?

Public Transport

Instead of ordering rent a car, you can travel through the local bus or train. It would help save some money, and you get to explore more about the culture of your destination city. You might feel a little uncomfortable, but in the end, you would reach the same place, and then the ride would not matter that much too. Embrace traveling with public transport and enjoy every bit of it, you will have a story to tell once you step out of the bus, for sure.

Local Markets

Ben Thanh Market, a local market in Ho Chi Minh City
Ben Thanh Market, a local market in Ho Chi Minh City.

Local markets are cheap, but some provide outstanding products too. Be it clothes or fruits or any small gifts as souvenirs for your loved ones back in your country, you can get them from these markets, and they would love them. Just making sure that you check the items’ quality carefully. In this way, you would not have had to spend a fortune on the gifts. Evenly, you take back the culture of the country with you when you return to your country as well.


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Khoi Nguyen builds The Broad Life with a desire to inspire people go exploring the world and live a more interesting, experience, and adventurous life. This blog shares the stories, pictures, and experiences at destinations where he has traveled to.


  • Jessica Collazo

    I’m actually avoiding Airbnb because they are quite expensive right now. Sometimes they can help you but sometimes they can’t. And it seems like the urge of staying at an Airbnb has make them get more expensive.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I haven’t notice that since Airbnb in my country, where I travel the most, is still in good price.
      Perhaps I should check that the next time I travel abroad.

  • Kileen

    These are wonderful ways to safe a bundle of money while traveling! Traveling during holidays is a lot cheaper and eating street food is yummy and a heck of lot cheaper as well!


  • Brianne

    I love these tips. Traveling is one of my family’s greatest joys, but it can be soooo expensive if you don’t do your best to cut costs. This is going to help a lot of people.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      This could even help you a lot more to save money when traveling in a group, like a family.

  • Marie

    That AirBnB looks absolutely amazing. And the street food idea is perfect. This would be my kind of trip!

  • Gervin Khan

    I like you tips! Soon once it is now allowed to travel abroad I might try this one.

  • Stella

    I love these tips, all true and tried. I just wrote a post anout ditching the Bucket list esp in regards to travelling and exploring and savoring one location slowly. I love that tip. Rushing through 5 places in 3 days is a recipe for disaster (and Instagram pictures)

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I’m glad that you like the tips shared in the article. That supports me a lot to write more travel tips soon.

  • Mariska

    I love your travel tips and I always love to see how others experience different countries during their travels. Thank you for sharing!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Thanks for your comment!
      You can follow my travel blog to always be updated with my latest experience and travel in different countries.

  • Lucy Clarke

    This is such an awesome guide! Definitely agree with traveling slow. Often times we get caught up with crossing out all the destinations we forget to really relish and learn from what’s in front of us.

  • Elicit Folio

    I love every tip you gave us! They’re so practical and smart! I especially love your advice on traveling slow! I can’t wait to start traveling again

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I’m glad that you like the tips shared in the article. Thanks for your comment!

  • Autumn Murray

    I am always looking for ways to save money when I travel. Thank you for these tips!

  • emman damian

    Ooooh I did a same article before. I agree! Fly on a holiday. Look for cheaper flights and book ahead of time. Plan it ahead.

  • Super Busy Mum

    Saving money as you travel is so much easier to do than you think. You just need to shop around! A great article, thanks for sharing!

  • Angela Ricardo Bethea

    Whenever my family and I travel around, I like to research beforehand and plan it out so I can save a lot of money and budget it. Those are some great tips to keep in mind.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Me too I always plan things ahead. It helps a lot to keep everything on track, and save cost.

  • Ntensibe Edgar

    Hhhhmmmm….I am actually locked in on travelling slowly. It could actually work, come to think of it, yeah?

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