The Big 3
When travelling on a budget there always seems like a lot you need to take into consideration. However it is a lot simpler then you first imagine.
There are 3 main areas that are needed for travel of any type; Transport, Accommodation & Food. If these 3 can be tackled efficiently & economically you can travel anywhere on peanuts! in fact if these three things can be tackled even in your every day life you can live on minimal income and have huge savings.
Overall you’d be able to travel anywhere in the world on less then $500 AUD a month!
I’ll discuss more into depth in these topics in future post, but will just do an over view of them here.
Potentially the most dearing on the old purse. When you combine flights to a destination and then transport around it can take a large portion of your budget. There are quiet a few ways to easily tackle this. First getting there, a combination of obviously booking early and finding a non direct route can cut your cost in half.
Travelling around, always look into alternative ways of transport thats more common to the area (tuk tuks or moped) is always cheapest. Also not always using local Taxi or Uber and finding out the local app can save some serious coin! Eurorail & Busabout have the there time if you’re doing consistent travel hopping or other ride share apps such as bla bla car can save you enormous amounts!
This being the one real consistent drain on money it can actually done extremely efficiently if you put a bit of thought into it. First hostels will always be supreme giving you a secure base and an automatic social environment usually setting the bar at ~$30/pn.
Now just need to find things cheaper. Camping is an immediate thought. As rewarding as it is, if you don’t have gear or you’re not into nature might make you a bit uncomfortable not being in a familiar environment. Couch surfing is a lot more popular then people think and can be so much fun to get a insiders scope on the area as well as make new friends! (ever in Australia, hit us up 😉 ). Advanced version of couch surfing is asking your friends. You’d be surprised whose moved to a new city or who might now someone exactly where you’re going who’d be happy to host you.
Perhaps the easiest and funnest one to save on. Going to local supermarkets and getting grub from there is the obvious go to. It’s cheap, and you get to live like a real local. Street food if you’re feeling fancy is a must! it is so delicious and I personally never have had a problem (Do have a stomach of iron, so maybe those with weak stomachs, be a little cautious).
When making friends at a hostel or friends place I guarantee you that someone would be keen to share a home cooked meal with or if you have access to a fridge, do what you do at home, at prep for the week (cause all of us are efficient like that…).
There are also some… unconventional means of accessing free food such as table diving and waiting till the end. Though I’ll get into more detail about these in a future post. Cause there’s a few things you must consider before hand.
I barely touched on these topics and can easily write a full post about each one… so that’s what I’ll do. Over the next couple weeks I’ll post more in-depth insight into each topic. If you apply these tactics you may be budgeting so hard that you miss out on some experiences, so when I go into further detail I’ll show you how to prioritise budget V experience.
But for now, here is an amazing video that will show you how budget travel is easily possible!