How to Travel for Less than You Think

When asked what holds most people back from traveling the world, the one constant answer is usually the price of travel. There are, however, many ways you can reduce the cost of your trip, allowing you to travel for less than you'd think.

Today's post is written by my dear friend AnnMarie John, a world-class traveler and blogging power-house. She will share with you some affordable tips and tricks to help you travel for less. Without further ado, take it away AnnMarie.

I have been traveling consistently throughout the world for the past couple of years, making one trip, or sometimes two international flights per month, and I'm always asked, how are you able to afford as much travel as you do? Believe it or not, traveling abroad and the cost related to it can be a lot more affordable than you think it could be.

Traveling the world on a budget is commonplace among many travelers, including backpackers and experienced travelers like myself. There are many ways you can reduce the cost of your travels without compromising the experience of your trip, and it's preferable over luxury travel. With budget travel, you're not only able to experience the culture of that city/country first hand, as you're more than likely in a location where many of the locals reside. Compared to staying in a luxury or all-inclusive hotel where you very rarely venture out of your comfort zone.

Here are ways that you can travel for less than you think.

Travel to locations that offer more for your money.

Also, consider the season that you travel as off-season travel can make places that were once unaffordable, become attainable. For example, Eastern Europe is much more affordable than Western Europe, the same as Central America is more so than North America. Also, South East Asia gives more bang for your buck than New Zealand or Australia. While $1000 can give you a week in a few European countries, you can survive for a month in Vietnam on that same sum.

Plan accordingly for transportation.

Transporation will be one of your high costs, no matter where you ultimately travel. You can do a few things to keep your cost as low as possible. If you're flying, first try using sites like Skyscanner to price your flight for the best airfare. If you can get to your destination without flying, then look into other means of transport such as buses or trains, as they're usually much less expensive.

Get cheap accommodations.

For an alternative to hotels, which can take up a chunk of your change when you travel (unless you're getting a great deal on a hotel room), hostels are an excellent option. They are great for those on a budget, and many offer private rooms and security. If you have a bit more money in your budget, you can also consider renting a short-term apartment from someone on Airbnb. For those backpacking, couch-surfing is another alternative and a relatively cheap option as it's precisely as the name entails. You're couch-surfing in someone's home, although there may be times when you'll have a room. Couchsurfing is free and is excellent for those just wanting to spend a few days in a particular area.

Find cheap eats.

If you're looking for another way to cut back on your travel budget, eating cheap is one surefire way to do so. Skip the restaurants and major tourist attraction areas. You're going to want to avoid any area that is tourist-laden as the prices there are generally inflated. Speak with the locals and ask for recommendations. If you do insist on eating at a restaurant, small family-owned restaurants are usually more affordable than the big ones. Consider street food, as most street food costs way less than you'll find at a restaurant and they're generally delicious. If street food is not an option and you're renting an apartment where you're able to cook, visit the grocery store and purchase food.

Find free and cheap things to do.

There are always cheap and free things to do in any country. While most significant tourist attractions will generally cost to enter, there are many ways you can explore a new city or country for almost free. Walk around the city, make new friends by speaking with the locals, visit the churches in the area, and take a walk/stroll in the public parks. Many smaller museums will charge a nominal fee compared to the more prominent museums. Spend some time exploring on foot; you'll be surprised at what you might discover.

These are just some of the ways that you can travel for less than you think, and you can start right in your neck of the woods. Get out and explore, because life is short and the world is wide.

AnnMarie John is a Caribbean-American mom of 4 who enjoys sharing her travel adventures with the world. When she's not traveling with her daughter Madison, you can find her at home crafting, or in the kitchen whipping up easy recipes. You can connect with her on her blog AnnMarie John | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter and Pinterest.

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