Secret Tips to Saving While Backpacking

Saving money on a holiday is one thing but saving money while you’re permanently travelling is another. The more money you save while backpacking, the longer you’ll be able to explore the world and all it has to offer.

So, the more tips you have to save your money, the better. Here are some secret tips you can always rely upon…

Secret Tips to Saving While Backpacking

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Free Accommodation

One of the biggest expenses to travelling is hotels, lodges or apartments. Even if you’re not fussy on the type of hotel you stay in, it’s all money that slowly but surely adds up. Finding somewhere to sleep for free is the first step to saving yourself a lot of money while you’re on the road. There are many hostels that take customers for free, a donation or small amount of money. If a hostel isn’t your thing, why not travel in your own van and sleep there. Alternatively, pitch your own tent or hammock if you’re in dry countries.

Street Food

When you’re on the road and you want to save money, the last thing you should do is dine in expensive restaurants. The cheapest place to eat in different countries is on the street. Not only is it often great food, but it’s also the best way to experience local culture and dining. It’s most authentic cuisine when it comes to putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. Most importantly, street food is often as cheap as food comes, so it’s the best way to feed yourself and keep money in your wallet.

Don’t Be Afraid to Haggle

Haggling isn’t something we’re used to in the UK, but it’s often part of the proceedings in many other countries. As a foreigner, stall holders will probably try and get the most out of you when it comes to buying clothing and other items. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the price you should pay. Negotiating has been part and parcel of buying in countries like India for decades, so never pay the price suggested at first. Don’t be afraid to walk away if you can’t negotiate a price you’re willing to pay.

Secret Tips to Saving While Backpacking

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You’ll probably come across many coupons, discounts and more as you’re travelling. When you do, cut them out of the magazine and take them with you. You’ll never know when you’ll need them. Large companies with franchises in multiple countries will honour coupons wherever you are. You can find some that may be of use on

Start a side hustle

I started this very travel blog as a means of earning a bit of extra coin to travel with. Even better, you might be able to start your own ecommerce website as a means of supporting your travel habit. You could even work on marketing this website while you’re on the road.

Link In

Someone knows someone else who lives in a different country and has an uncle…you know the how it goes. If you can link in with people in different countries because of a connection at home, it may mean you’ll find a free place to stay, free meals and great advice about exploring the country. If you don’t speak the language, you may have a few people who can translate for you too.

Eventually, your money will run out. But when you save for as long as you can, the party can go on.

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About Simon Petersen 504 Articles
Travel blogger, journalist, sports and movie fiend. Chronicling the life and times of a Kiwi at home and abroad.

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