What are the best tips for traveling on a limited budget?

Transport to your destination

  • If you want to go by plane, try to book outside the holidays and the high season. Check websites like Skyscanner for the best deals and don’t forget to delete your cookies regularly or browse in Incognito mode.
  • If you want to travel by train, check that it is cheaper to buy single tickets per country or to buy an InterRail ticket.
  • If you want to travel by car, keep in mind the fuel prices.

For example, when you travel through a country where the fuel is cheap, see if you can save it to wait with refueling until you get there and refuel just before you leave that country. Refueling is generally also more expensive on the highway, so sometimes it pays to leave the highway here.

  • Maybe redundant, but watch your speed.
  • Avoid getting fines and driving more economical.

  • Go lifts.
  • Be very careful and trust your own feelings. When you do not trust something, make sure you get away. Make sure that your phone is charged and that you can call or smst with it and that you have your important personal belongings (Passport, debit card/creditcard, some loose money) on your person and not in a bag/suitcase in the rear box.


    • Check websites like Trivago, Booking.com, AirBnB and Couchsurfing for cheap accommodation.

    Also you might consider whether you want to camp. The only downside is that you have to bring your camping gear, which is not always practical.

  • Some hostels offer overnight accommodation in exchange for housekeeping assistance.
  • This could be an option, if you don’t mind to help. Please consult in advance what is expected and not of you and how much time is requested from you. It shouldn’t be that you’re in Thailand with free accommodation but then can’t go anywhere because you’re just cleaning.

  • Try to find a balance between a cheap price and distance to activities.
  • It is very nice if you are cheaper 30 euros per night because you are farther away from the centre, but if you then have to give it out to transport, you do not have anything in the end. A little research in advance can be no harm.

  • Meals included are convenient but not always necessary.
  • Get your breakfast at the grocery store and your dinner at a stall on the street.

  • Pay attention to additional costs.
  • Sometimes you do not pay for the accommodation an sich so much, but there are still obligatory costs for the rental of bed linen and towels and for breakfast.


    • Determine in advance what you want to spend your money on.

    Are there any things you really want to do that are more expensive? Don’t want to decide beforehand what you are going to do? Then set a budget per week (or day) that you want to spend on activities.

  • Check If you get a discount on activities somehow.
  • Often students get a discount on things, so take your college card with you. Also, people under a certain age in some countries have the right to discount or free entry. It is good to check this in advance, so that you do not pay for the full pound somewhere while you actually had to go in for free.

  • In Some countries we pay 鈧?虄foreigners鈩?more.
  • Keep this in mind and know how to use your contacts properly.

  • Sometimes you get a discount if you’re with multiple people.
  • Try to find others who want to do activities together with you.

    On-site transport

    • Try to walk as much as possible or rent a bike.

    When you need to travel really large pieces, use public transport as much as possible. Buy tickets at local providers, which are often cheaper. See if a ticket is available for a certain period of time, which is generally cheaper than buying single tickets every day.

    Food and drink

    • Get your food as much as possible in supermarkets and on local markets.

    Prepared food is generally more expensive than loose ingredients in the grocery store. If you have the possibility to cook yourself, do so.

  • In countries where you cannot drink the tap water: buy Large bottles (1, 5L) of water instead of small bottles.
  • If you don’t want to drag a large bottle wherever you go, pour it into a small bottle.

  • Eat where the locals also eat.
  • The locals really do not pay the tourist price for a meal. Remember that crowded stalls with lots of locals are generally better: more crowds are higher circulation speed is less danger of unhygienic food.

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