Travelling doesn’t necessarily mean spending a huge amount of money. There are many ways to cut costs wherever you are in the world. So if you think you can’t afford to travel, think again! Here are a few ideas on how to help you travel on a budget whilst still having an incredible experience.
When it comes down to accommodation, hostels are usually your best bet when travelling on a budget. Nowadays, hostels have far higher standards than they used to and are great value for money. I recommend checking out Hostel World and looking at other traveller’s reviews or picking up a Lonely Planet guide to see what budget accommodation they recommend in your chosen city. The great thing about hostels is that they’re incredibly social so you are sure to meet a lot of interesting people along the way. Alternatively, Air BNB is a great option if you’re happy with staying in someone else’s home. Their website allows you to read reviews and choose from a wide variety of accommodation options depending on your budget, from renting a sofa in the living room to renting a whole apartment.
When travelling from A to B, researching for the best air fare is key to getting to your chosen destination without spending a huge amount of money. Take advantage of Supply Desk’s partnership with STA Travel to ensure you get the best deals on flights and excursions. If you’re looking for other transport options, travelling by car is rarely the cheapest. It’s a fantastic experience to rent a car or camper van to travel around a country but a lot of extra costs involved including petrol costs, insurance, toll charges and car breakdown issues. If you’re travelling around Europe, I recommend travelling by train or bus. Europe has an incredible train network where you can purchase a pass to get unlimited travel on train lines across the whole of Europe allowing you to see as much as possible! I recommend booking in advance to ensure you get the best savings.
One tip for travelling on a budget is to spend your days cheaply. There are so many fun activities to do that are free and just as enjoyable if you’re with a great bunch of people. You really can learn a lot about a new place without spending a lot of money! Some cities in Europe now do free walking tours where the tour is free but the tour guide relies on tips. I suggest hiking (there are so many beautiful views in England!), visiting free attractions, museums and sightseeing. I recommend heading to the cities tourist information centre to see what’s available and get your hands on a free map to start exploring.
To keep your costs down, avoid eating in restaurants and opt for street food! Street food is the best way to eat whilst travelling, to enjoy the local food at extremely cheap prices. The great thing is, it’s available in almost every European city! Alternatively, opt for cooking for yourself and buy local food from supermarkets. Hostel accommodation usually have really good kitchen facilities to allow you to do this but I’d suggest checking with the hostel before you book.
If you’re only travelling for a short amount of time in school breaks, take cash with you as foreign cash points may charge you for withdrawing money. I also recommend not to leave exchanging your currency until the last minute at the airport. There are a lot of places in the UK that offer far more competitive rates, the post office is always a good option so I suggest doing this the week before you go.