If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably fantasised about the day you can finally hit the road on a long-term trip and leave your expensive Earthly possessions behind. But then reality sets in — figuring out how to make ends meet.

Luckily there are many ways to do so, both before and during your travels. In this post, we’ll teach you eight places where “saving money” is another way to say “having fun!”

Many people think planning a long trip means signing up for life on the poverty line, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little planning and the right attitude, you can live comfortably wherever you go.

Save on Accommodations

There are tons of great reasons to travel – and one of them is getting to live in different places without having to pay rent. When you’re backpacking, staying with locals is the cheapest way to go – in every sense. Couchsurfing and hostels are two cheap accommodation options that allow you to stay with locals instead of in impersonal hotels.

Travel in groups

Travelling in groups and staying in group hostels are also ways to save money on accommodations. Group hostels allow you to stay with locals for less than one-third the cost of a dorm bed in a hotel. Travelling with a group can also help you to meet and make friends with like-minded travellers.

Save on Food

When you’re packing up your gear, make sure you pack food that will last for the entire trip. Planning meals is key to saving money on food expenses if you eat out daily. It’s not uncommon for backpackers spending 5 days on the road to spend $25-50 per day eating out.

When drinking coffee and tea, try to make it home or buy it. It’s cheaper than buying a cup of coffee in a coffee shop. And when you’re making your own food, prepackaged lunch meats are an easy way to save money on sandwiches.

Don’t forget about snacks, too – pre-packaged trail mix can be a cheap way to get a quick energy boost between meals and are great for grabbing on the go. Prepackaged nuts such as peanuts, almonds, and cashews can also be bought cheaply in bulk and kept in your pocket for when hunger strikes.

Don’t buy bottled water unless you’re determined to avoid paying for water. Contrary to popular belief, drinking tap water is just as safe and healthy for you. You can also buy inexpensive drinking bags that filter out the chlorine in tap water.

Save on Housing

When you’re travelling, it’s easy to forget about paying rent or finding a place to stay – and that doesn’t need to be the case. If you plan ahead, it’s possible to find free or cheap places to stay even when you’re backpacking around the world. Couchsurfing is a way of meeting locals while staying with them, which in many cases can be much cheaper than staying in hotels or hostels.

If you’re staying in a hostel, look for group-friendly lodgings. Group hostels offer dorms at one-third the cost of a regular hostel. For this reason, they are more common in Europe than in other parts of the world.

Some Couchsurfing hosts will even invite you to travel with them. This is great for long-term travel because it means you can see the country while staying in a free place.

House sitting is one of my favourite ways of travelling while saving money on accommodation. You can find house-sitting jobs worldwide – and pay to stay by cleaning and caring for someone else’s property. Some houses even come with free food! You can also look for housing in places off the beaten path.

Another option is looking for a place to stay with people who also want to travel. This is another way of staying in unique parts of a city or town that you might not otherwise discover – and perhaps even learning something from your new friends.

When you’re travelling long-term, you need a place to stay that is free or cheap, interesting, and safe. Couchsurfing is one of the best ways to fulfil all three criteria. I’ve been Couchsurfing since I was 17, and I’ll never return to hotels again.

Save on Transportation

Many travellers will tell you that the best way to save money on transportation is to walk everywhere and use public transportation whenever possible. While this may be true for some travellers, car-free travel isn’t for everyone. Many backpackers find that hitchhiking and renting a car affords them more flexibility in exploring a country than using public transportation alone.

I’ve found that carless travel is a great option for long-term travel, especially if you plan on travelling to more remote locations. I hitchhiked more than 10,000 miles over three trips – and it was one of the highlights of my trips!

If you’re not used to travelling by public transportation, it can be a good way to get comfortable with it. I know many people who have started their travels using the public transportation system in their home country. Keep in mind that not all public transportation systems are created equal, however – so be sure to research what kind of service is available before assuming you’ll have no options for transit in certain parts of the world.

Save on Tour guide

If you are on tour from out of your country, you take the Alcatraz tour, a prison island famous for its most secure prison. You have to take a boat to Alcatraz island, and there are so many tour guides who will offer you a paid audio guide and other stuff, so we suggest you just research it on google or buy a guidebook instead of taking a guide guy, which is more expensive.

Save on extra expenses.

There are many ways we can save money on our trip and some of the expenses that are very common on a trip. For example, we can save money on entrance fees or charges for things such as souvenirs or drinks. In addition, it is also important to keep track of the amount that you spend. By keeping track, you can be more aware of how much money you are spending, and you will be aware of what is going over your budget. If you know that you are spending $15 more than your budget, you will be more careful to cut down expenditures in this category. if you are visiting the grand canyon, which is famous for 250 million-year-old rock strata lying back-to-back with 1.2 billion-year-old rocks, many tour agencies can offer you to take a Grand Canyon Tour, but if you are low on budget, then you take a bus tour to experience the canyon.

Save on Laundry

Backpacking across different countries can be a big hassle. But if you wash your clothes before you leave, you won’t have to worry about packing enough laundry bags for the entire trip. This can save you a lot of money when packing up extra items you don’t need to carry with you.

When I travel, I always try to hang my clothing out to dry as soon as possible. If you don’t have time to air dry your clothing, you can always use a clothing line. This will help save some extra money on drying your clothes over an electric dryer.

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This is a list of ways to save money while travelling abroad. There are many other ways that you can look at when you are travelling. A good itinerary can help you plan your trip better and have more chances to save more money. If you have any other useful tips or tricks, please let us know in the comments below!


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