Travelling is hugely exciting, but can also be hugely complicated. Going somewhere you have never been or even somewhere you have been many times can be a demanding ordeal. Figuring out where to stay, what you need to bring, what to eat and local customs can be a challenge for the most experienced travelers. Not to mention negotiating the cost and getting the most bang for your buck. Luckily, we’re here to help. We have tips, tricks, and advice to make your next trip a success, without busting your budget, or being a bore.

Here are 5 tips on how to save money while traveling:

How to Travel Cheap

Moving abroad or travelling on the cheap can be doable if you’re willing to think outside of the box once in awhile. All it takes is a little ingenuity, some internet surfing, and an open mind.

Your flight

While travelling and perusing budget airline websites is a de facto option for travelling on a budget, don’t dismiss the commercial airlines just yet. Do a little comparing before you chuck them out. You’d be surprised how cheap you can get a commercial flight for if you book way in advance or at the very last minute.

Your bags

You can save more if you don’t need to check anything in. Learn how to pack like a flight attendant and save not only money but time. Not having anything checked in means no waiting around for your bag to show up at the carousel.

Your phone

Many countries offer prepaid SIM cards that allow you and your travel buddies to keep in touch with one another the way locals do and with local rates being applied. Roaming charges can put a major dent in your phone bills. Keep your home SIM in a safe place and use a local one so you won’t have to worry about roaming charges ever.

Transportation

Always use only reliable and trusted car service providers. Car rental companies like Avis, Budget and others will not only cost you less but they also won’t interrupt your trip with car issues. Try to book airport transportation already from your country since this way  it will be even cheaper.

Your digs

Not everyone can afford to splurge on a five star hotel. Look instead for apartments for rent through services like airbnb.com or other such sites that allow you to rent homes or apartments for a fraction of the cost of a hotel room. If you’re the friendly type and want to really immerse yourself with the locals and their home life, you can opt to couch surf. It’s not for everyone, but you definitely will save a lot and make a load of friends to boot.

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