This post was originally published on Taking Time to Travel.
Even though it’s easier and more affordable than ever before to go travel half way across the world, money is still a major factor to consider when planning your trip. While it is possible to make money while travelling, it is also good to find ways to save money while on the road. Here are a few ways to cut costs while travelling.
Eat like the locals
Wherever you go, it is always wise to get in touch with some locals as soon as possible to find out about all the great local places to go. This is especially important when it comes to food. Most restaurants in touristy areas are grossly overpriced and often less good than the places that locals frequent. Find some locals and ask them where they eat.
Another way to save money on food is to cook or buy things at the supermarket. Street food is also often a great way to eat cheaply, especially in Asia.
Use public transportation
Even if taxis seem incredibly cheap in some countries, they can often add up. Practically everywhere you go, public transportation will be cheaper than taxis or other forms of private transportation. It might take longer, but there is no need to rush when on the road! Going public also allows you to experience locals in their day-to-day lives.
If you have the time, you can turn your travels into a huge adventure by hitchhiking instead of paying for expensive buses and flights. There are some great resources online that can make your hitchhiking adventure a successful one. Hitchhiking can be an incredible experience and one of the best ways to connect with local people. On top of it all, hitchhiking is free! Just make sure you always take the necessary precautions.
Couchsurfing is a great way to connect with locals, discover a place in an authentic way and have accommodation for free. Signing up on Couchsurfing is free and you can get straight to building your profile an applying for places to stay. Couchsurfing is an amazing community for travellers and offers a lot of great opportunities for those looking to save.
Channel the Power of the Internet
The internet is full of opportunities for saving money while travelling. Use AirBnB and cheap hostel sites for accommodation, or use BlaBlaCar and other rideshare companies for sharing rides and cutting costs. Another great way to save money is to join travel forums and find other people to do activities with. When it comes to transportation and travelling, things are usually cheaper when you’re not on your own.