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Traveling on a Budget- Earning More than You Spend

Traveling expenses can really rack up a bill, but does it have to? How you really can get the most out of your travels at a surprisingly low cost.

Any of you that travel know leisure traveling can become very expensive, very fast. And that’s why I’m here to break it down for you. Here you’ll find what’s worth your time and the little money you bring with you. It’s all about the experience.

  • Plane Ticket Costs

Buying a plane ticket is one of the biggest expenses you’ll encounter when traveling. However, according to several sources and personal experience, the best day to buy a plane ticket is on a Tuesday, a month out from your departure date (for traveling within the US). The cheapest departure dates to book a flight for is Tuesday or Wednesday.

For traveling outside of the US, prime booking windows greatly vary, but most fall within about 4-7 months in advance.

  • Transportation Upon Arrival

The absolute cheapest way to get around is by bike or walking. However, if you’d prefer public transit, leisurely is the least expensive; if you’re looking to take a bus or train, take the slow rather than the express options.

Of course, most people would prefer to have a rental car or take uber. In that case, research and compare your options, as there are many varying prices out there and you’re bound to find one you’re fine with spending.

  • Where to Stay

Hostels are the most popular cheapest option. Often providing meals as well as a room and sometimes excursions, they are practical at a low cost.

An alternative is couch surfing. This mode of travel seems to be on the rise especially for young solo travelers; it’s always worth checking out if anything. It’s also a great way to get to know the locals, make friends, and discover the best places around town.

  • Food and Meals

When traveling, eating out every night gets super expensive, which is why avid travelers usually stop by the local markets and pick up a few things to eat. This is culturally enriching as well as nourishing.

Another cheaper option is to pop in to convenience stores and pick out a snack or meal from there. You can still always treat yourself to eating out a few days during your travels.

  • Attractions and Activities

Spots that tour guide books claim are ‘secret’ or ‘off-the-beaten-path’, are often not touristy locations. The best way to get the cheapest and most enriching experiences is to ditch the guides and follow the locals. Eat at your driver’s favorite local restaurant, or have some good local home-cooking with your host. The best way to fully experience a location is to immerse yourself in the daily life of the locals.

Otherwise, there are always prepared tours or trails you can take. Sometimes the thrill or the view can be worth the extra cost. It’s okay to pull out your inner-tourist and enjoy the attractions.

If you plan on staying for a while, some long-time travelers also say they will sometimes get a volunteer job in a hostel in return for room and board. It’s always an option if you want to have a more affordable stay.

Perhaps the most grand of hobbies, traveling is an inspirational pastime; it’s good for the soul, the mind, and the body. Creating everlasting memories, learning endless tidbits about life, and taking part in incredible experiences is unlike anything any other pursuit could offer. The gain is worth far more than the loss; you’ll earn things money couldn’t ever buy you- that’s why you’re earning more than you’re spending.


By Loveless

Author of "Kanda Land", "The Universe Inside Her II: a book of unsorted poetic letters", and transcriber of "The 'Eternal I'" by Amalei Hemworth.

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