How To Travel The World On A Budget

A great number of people feel that it is difficult to travel except if they spend a substantial amount of money. In the event that you are among those who want to go through a little excitement without needing to spend a huge amount of money, at that point, you will find below travel destinations that are least expensive for you and the entire family.

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As a traveler, you will be spending a lot on flights and visa. But compensate the extra cost bu saving hugely on accommodation, food and sightseeing. A 15 day trip to this part of the world should not cost you more. Europe isn’t as expensive as people imagine it to be. All you need to do is spend more on exploration and not on bookings.

Don't rely on one source while making decision, confirm, research then make a final decision like food, laundry, currency exchange etc. A lot of travelers feel that Europe is damn expensive. Well it isn’t of you have the time and the passion to plan ahead and plan well.

So do your research where you are going, timing of attractions (some churches in Europe get closed in afternoon and again open in evening), where you will stay, how you will commute from Airport/Railway station to your hotel/Airbnb, about local cuisines, local transportation, daily pass and many more. Reading articles will help in many ways.

how to travel the world on a budget

1. Use apps for travel

It's far better and cheaper than the others. The apps that we usually use in our trips and that we also recommend for Europe are Uber, offline Google Maps, public transport, or Zomato. They still work with the GPS but do not incur roaming charges, when abroad. Print off all documents. Mobile phones now have convenient apps which display e-tickets. But your phone might stop working just as you need it. Also bring printed schedule.

A time saver, this one! If you do not have the internet abroad, or you plan to use it only for navigation (but do not want to spend money), do not worry anymore. While you still have a connection, draw a map where you need to navigate and type "OK maps" in the search box. This saves the screen for offline use.

You can also drop pins or mark specific places of interest as you will not be able to search for them offline. For added security, you can even take multiple screenshots of specific areas at different zoom lengths. This should save you time moving from point A to Point Z.

You need pens to do some documentation almost everywhere you go. Carry a pen. Also, carry photos and other documents if the country is visa on arrival.

2. Book a good hotel/AirBnb

Avoid booking expensive hotels and staying at popular tourist areas. Book a hostel or an airbnb or any other homestay or try couchsurfing. If at all you want to stay at a hotel, opt for something away from the city centers.

If you are a bachelor, you should always prefer hostels to hotels. Hostels in Europe are great and you get to interact with people from all over the world when you stay there. Book a hostel near a railway station/old town. Then you save a lot of effort walking/travelling to there. If you are travelling alone or with friends, search for hostels before you book Airbnb or hotels.

Chances are you will have a much cheaper stay and also you will make some friends on the way.

Try to stay in hostels as much as possible. You don’t need to bunk in a dorm. You can avail single rooms as well. The best hostel properties can be booked from sites like Hostel World and Agoda. You can use Airbnb or hostels if you're friendly and it'll save funds. Book a good AirBnb (of course, after checking the reviews). In southern Europe, they’re abundant — though cheap rentals are putting a real pinch on locals looking for a place to live.

The really great thing about southern Europe is that there’s usually plenty of accommodation options for under $40 a night. Cheap things for tourists often have a serious downside for locals. Higher prices in the Nordic countries are one reason why, for the most part, they’re not a swamp of tourist selfie-sticks.

Don't feel shame in asking discounts at hotels. You may get it. Not all want to lose customers. Ask for the WiFi password if the hotel have a WiFi. You paid for it. It's your right.

3. Ask your hostel or research for free walking tours

Try to walk through the cities than the Hop on Hop off buses, you will get know much better idea of the cities, culture and architecture. Almost all big cities in Europe offer free walking tours which usually take place twice a day from the city center or famous attractions. Make sure to arrive there on time, and tip at the end of the tour what you want and can afford.

There are various free day tours in almost every city where you get to explore the city with a guide. Note that you are expected to tip the guide in the end.

Go visit around some unplanned locations that were not originally on your list, and see what unexpectedly amazing memories you create. Your best memory will be the evening you spent wandering around with no specific plan, the beer you drank in a piazza while you gazed at the fountain, or the unexpected conversation you had with an interesting stranger who you’ll never see again.

There are lots of small alleyways. PERFECTLY SAFE TOO! You enter an alleyway and see so many people, lots of tiny shops. It’s like a tiny little world of its own.

If you really want to enjoy any country, try local food, stay, local travelling options like bicycles in Amsterdam and Copenhagen and events. Christmas markets are best in some parts of Europe, like Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria) and Dusseldorf (Germany). You can try Glühwein, it beats the cold. Accept a fika (Swedish word for afternoon coffee/tea with cookies) if you are asked to.

4. Money

Most credit/debit cards will give you more advantageous rates overseas than a traditional currency exchange. Many countries are mostly cashless, and paying with your card is quick and easy. If you do need cash, any local ATM would be more efficient than an airport kiosk.

5. Choose the right accommodation

If you are arranging accommodation on your own, think of a house or apartment while keeping in mind your budget. This works out best for long-term holidays. Your travel company may be able to arrange accommodation at a cheaper rate if you book your Europe tour as a package with them. They may offer free breakfast, cheaper sightseeing packages, tour guides to accompany you and, sometimes, even free stay for one night.

Make the most of the internet by researching, booking and planning your travel and accommodation. Don’t leave things to chance especially in busier summer months.

6. Food

Food tends to be 2–3 times more expensive than it should be at the airport. Don’t eat anywhere unless you’re very hungry, and the flight has no included meals. Chain fast food and coffee shops tend to have prices that are closer to their counterparts on the outside. When it comes to water, the best thing to do is to take a reusable water bottle and fill up at drinking water stations in the terminal, after the security barriers.

Avoid restaurants and manage on food on the go. You can have from McDonalds/Burger King/take away chinese Or kebab from Turkish shops. Even these are comparatively more expensive. If you are visiting a mountain, pack some food from the city you are staying at. All the mountain tops have restaurants. But then these would be expensive. Hence carry some food. Also NEVER GO to very expensive restaurants in the first days of your arrival.

7. Retail

Don't buy anything from an airport retail store unless you absolutely need it. Airports make a significant % of their revenues from commissions from sales of goods in their retail stores. This leads to shops jacking up their prices, and you end up the loser. Airports are designed so that you have to pass through shops and be tempted to spend. Do not do this, you’ll spend way more money than the goods you have are worth.

If you see something you like, just look up the real price on Amazon, and buy it online, so it reaches your doorstep by the time you get home.

Never buy souvenirs in the first days. Don’t buy souvenirs right in front of or near to attractions. If you are in a very popular city, chances are you will get the same stuff at a very less price 1-2 km far from it. Haggling and bargaining won’t work everywhere, if possible take a local acquaintance with you for shopping, ask the hotel personnel or AirBNB host where to buy stuff.

8. Duty-free

This is probably the biggest scam in the airline industry. Much of what is sold is alcohol, cigarettes/cigars, chocolate and perfumes. Much of the stuff there is genuinely cheaper elsewhere, most of whatever is cheaper in a duty-free shop aren’t particularly good for your health or your wallet. Fun to browse through absolutely would avoid buying anything.

9. Carry your own water bottle

You don’t see lots of stores near the tourist attractions, so you are told to carry empty water bottles. You see hoses lying around and water fountains. People actually refill 2–3 of their empty water bottles at these fountains. Avoid buying water if you can see a water fountain nearby. Carry an empty bottle with you to fill up whenever you get a fountain.

Water is expensive if bought from a kiosk or departmental store and restaurants charge even if you ask for tap water. Water fountains are absolutely fine to have water from and save a few bucks. If at all you need to buy water, get it from a departmental store rather than a kiosk.

10. Make use of public transport

Try to stay close to the centre and walk everywhere. Unless you need to visit a spot outside the city, public transportation tickets are not necessary. This is also why traveling by train or by bus is the best mode of travel in Europe when it comes to proximity to centre and reducing your travel costs.

Travel in Local transport as much as possible. You will save up to 80℅ in travelling. Take the train. Trains are relaxing, sometimes taking scenic routes. European rail travel is provided by frequent, fast and reliable trains. Many routes are scenic in their own right - notably across Switzerland and Norway. High speed trains link major cities. There are numerous rail passes making travel more affordable.

There’s also a network of overnight sleep trains providing combinations of berths and bed. Many of these are provided by Austrian Federal Railway’s NightJet train. This allows a day’s sightseeing in one city, followed by overnight travel before arriving in another city the next morning.

Sleeping cars, dining cars and a convivial atmosphere makes for a great travel experience. Trains are an easy and budget way of commute in Europe. Within cities, use local subway trains and outside cities, travel by connecting trains. Check out the official website of Eurail Pass to understand the route and pricing. A Eurail Pass is the cheapest way to travel around Europe.

There are sleeper cars and a lot of long distance trains have restaurant cars that serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Train travel also provides a great opportunity to meet other travelers and hear about where they have been what what places they recommend. Germany has an extensive high-speed network, connecting all major cities in Germany. The German long-distance trains have a bistro on board.

The German train network uses line numbers just like regular buses. This makes it easy to navigate. In Germany, long-distance trains have a silence coupe. In the Netherlands, all trains have a silent coupe, both the Inter-cities and commuter trains.

The Dutch train network is therefore very busy and runs almost like a metro network. Even in all small villages, a local train runs in one direction at least every half hour. Due to the dense train network, it is quite normal to commute 100 km, because all cities are easily accessible by train.

The Dutch OV chipkaart is a national public transport card that can be used throughout the Netherlands for bicycles, buses, trams, metros, ferries and trains. The OV chip card must be uploaded with an amount (online or via smarthphone) and can be used throughout the Netherlands. Whether you are traveling in Amsterdam or Maastricht, the OV chipkaart can be used everywhere.

With the OV chip card you pay per kilometer. Prices differ, as in the big cities 15 cents and in rural areas 10 cents per kilometer. That is why you have to check in and out with an OV chip card, so the system can calculate the number of kilometers between the check in and check out. Another advantage with the OV card is the discount, a 20% to 40% discount during off-peak hours and on weekends. When traveling with the train and it has a delay, just make a refund.

Budget airlines in Europe are abundant, and it’s normally as cheap or cheaper to fly than it is to take a bus, train, or definitely to drive yourself. EU doesn’t tax jet fuel, so that keeps airfare low. If you are crossing large distances, do check out cheap flight options such as Ryan Air, Easy Jet and Wizz Air.

The only catch is that they do not allow a checked luggage and have very specific carry on dimensions. Check-in bags can cost a small fortune, and you really can pack a lot into your hand luggage suitcase or soft back. Always take a drawstring bag, too - it is a lifesaver in so many cases!

After a few days or hotel changes, there is a good chance that a storm will hit inside your luggage. Solution? Get a few small collapsible tissue boxes from places like Target or Bed Bath and Beyond and you have an easy-peasy compartmentalized system inside your suitcase! A box for toiletries, socks, underwear, bras, shorts and pants, shirts – you call it, there can be a place for it.

The best are the adjustable ones so you can change the sizes of the boxes on the go to fit your needs and allow for a "dirty laundry" compartment.

Bookmark sites like Skyscanner and Expedia for staying aware of offers and discounts on flights. Keep checking them months before your trip. Always use Google flights and a few other websites to compare flight prices. Always take a look at flights price on incognito mode. Also, some countries have visa restrictions for transit.

Not always flying will be the best option - it’s always worth checking the price of trains or even buses. It can turn out that they get you from point A to point B in similar time, but lower price. Traveling solo in Europe is easy thanks to the excellent public transportation networks which crisscross the country.

When looking through traveling organization tips, you’ll hear a lot about using public transport. Yes, that works for big cities. Aircraft travel is cramped and disorientating.

The Netherlands is a cycling country, which is why the Netherlands also has many cycling facilities at stations. Bicycle garages of 10,000 places or more are quite common at the larger intercity stations.

Tourists stretch public transportation capacity to its maximum. Some metro stations in Prague, Paris or London to name a few random names, are sometimes über-crowded.

But when you’re exploring remote destinations, it doesn’t work. Plan to rent your vehicle before getting to your destination, so you won’t waste time searching around. It can wait for you at the airport. Car rentals in southern Europe are often so cheap they’re almost free. You can rent a car in Spain for $11 a day, and one in Croatia for something like that.

Explore all travel options. Buses in Europe are very cheap and comfortable. Also, when you book overnight buses you can easily save money on accommodation for a day. For an early morning flight, you could even consider reaching the airport the night before if you are really thrifty.
Kalyan Panja