Planning a vacation? Travel doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Check out these ten cheap travel tips to help you maximize your budget abroad!


10 Cheap Travel Tips


cheap travel tips


Search for month long prices


Using Skyscanner to determine the best dates for you to fly so you can then ask for vacation time accordingly. If you are very flexible, search the whole year and find out the cheapest months to travel.


Travel during the week


If possible, try to fly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when there are less people traveling. You can also maximize vacation time by planning trips from Thursday-Monday or Friday-Tuesday. (At least one of your flying days is on a ‘cheaper’ travel day.)


Sign up for airline reward programs


The fastest way to a cheap vacation is to not have to pay for a flight. Invest 30 minutes of your time to sign up for programs then forget about it and earn free flights for things you buy anyway. Learn more about joining an airline frequent flyer program!


Right before or right after the high season


One of the most strategic of these cheap travel tips is to take advantage of the shoulder seasons. Generally, May and November are good travel months – right before Summer and December holidays. They’re great times to find good vacation deals and the weather is usually best around this time too. Not too hot or cold.


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Before I became a long term traveler, I would take advantage of cheap vacation deals that I found online or through weekly travel discount newsletters. Having a full time job in the US, it wasn’t easy (or even encouraged) to take vacation time so I always made the most of my vacation days by combining them with national holidays.

Some of my favorite websites for vacation deals are Travelzoo or Cheap Caribbean. Keep an eye out for flight sales and last minute specials.


Look for alternate accommodation.


There are many types of accommodation options to consider, not just hotels or resorts. The cost varies depending on where you like to stay. You can stay at functional and stylish condos, moderate yet beautiful local hotels, or relaxin vacation rental homes.

Rent someone’s entire apartment, home, condo, boat, tent, RV, and just about anything else on Airbnb. It’s an incredible value for money especially if you’re traveling as a couple or group.

Traveling solo? Stay at a hostel! They range from budget backpackers to chic and comfortable. Read the reviews; I guarantee you’ll find something that appeals to you. I opt for private rooms in hostels nowadays as opposed to staying in dorms. I usually book through HostelWorld.


Look for free accommodation


Stay on someone’s couch or spare room using Couchsurfing and get a free place to stay for a night or two.


Plan a working holiday


Experience traveling in an entirely new way by taking a working holiday where you work in exchange for accommodation. I’ve had some of the most memorable travel experiences doing this.

If there is a destination you’ve always wanted to visit, take a look at Workaway and Caretaker to see if there are working opportunities or house-sitting gigs that might be of interest to you while learning new skills, getting to know a different culture, and doing it all for free.


Research travel blogs


Learn cheap travel tips from bloggers that are currently on the road for new ideas on how to save. Do a Google search such as ‘travel blog Mexico’ or ‘travel blog Thailand’ and see where the results take you.


Search online for cheaper ways of doing things


Do a Google search such as ‘cheapest way to get from Lima to Machu Picchu’ or ‘cheapest time to visit Italy’ and you can learn from other people’s experiences, reviews, or blog entries.


What are your favorite cheap travel tips? Share your budget secrets in the comments below!