How to travel on a budget

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Everyone wants to be able to travel the world, experience different cultures and see some things that a lot of people take for granted. However, sometimes this is impossible if you're a student living off your mum, your 8-hour a week shop job and the remains of your student loan.


Here are my 5 tips to travel on a budget:

1. Be flexible with dates and places
Whether this be the destination, the time of year, of the flight times, being flexible will always help decrease the amount that you're spending. For example take Barcelona, everyone wants to go to Spain when the sun is shining, but the tourist attractions that you're going for won't change due to the weather? I went to Barcelona last April for a very cheap price, and although it wasn't too hot, we were still able to do everything. In regards to the destination, you may want to visit Budapest, but would it be cheaper to travel to a nearby airport and get a train to the main city that stay in the centre? This often works out cheaper, as transport abroad is always a couple of Euros. By doing it this way, hotels will also be cheaper outside.

2. Don't be afraid of hostels
If someone ever told me to stay in a hostel when I went abroad, I would have laughed at them and called them crazy. However, looking at some people's Snapchat's and even a middle-aged woman on Facebook's photos of their hostel, they actually look pretty funky. Hostels aren;t necessarily sharing with a bunch of strangers, you can opt for your own room and it still works out extremely cheap. They are made for travellers and backpackers, so intend to make them as cheap as possible with fun things such as pool tables and football tables downstairs. Don't knock it until you try it! Another good place to look for accommodation is AirBnB, where people advertise their rooms. I have had a browse on there and there are some pretty good places to stay!


3. Take advantage of stop-overs
If you're travelling somewhere far, then more than often you will have to take a stop over in a different country. When you're booking your flight, check how long is between them. If you only have 2 hours, then maybe have a look if there is a 10 hour gap between both flights, so you can get on a bus, explore the city and then return in time ready for the next country. This does sound long-winded, and you will probably want to just get to your original destination on time, but it's definitely worth taking advantage of if it helps you mark another country off your scratch map!

4. Learn how to search for flights
Flights are definitely the most expensive part of any trip, whether it's a long haul trip or you want really good flight times. If you're living in Europe, check on RyanAir or EasyJet as they often have flights as cheap as £1! However, a recent website that I have been looking on is ITAMatrix, which took me a few minutes to get my head around it and then I wanted to book every flight that popped up! If you wanted to do a number of flights, such as travelling Australia, definitely check out STA Travel as they do great tours, expeditions and cheaper flights.

5. Do research the activities you want to do
If you're looking at a city break, you're going to have an idea on what architecture you want to see and what iconic places you want to visit. To save a lot of time and money, it's a lot easier to plan where you want to go. This way, you can plan the walking routes between each stop in order to be the most efficient with your time. This will also allow you to see where you will need to get public transport, and will stop you getting the bus when ideally you could've just walked.

I hope these tips help those who are trying to travel with a budget. The world deserves to be seen by everyone, so if you thought that visting places would be impossible without a lot of money, then you're wrong.

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