(3) Three tips on saving money whilst traveling 

I have spent the last two years traveling here and there! My first solo trip was 2years ago to Zambia then my second solo trip was last year April to South Korea. When 2016 rolled in I booked at least 1 weekend a month away abroad so you could say I have picked up a couple of tips on how to save money when traveling, specifically those three tips on saving money whilst traveling.

I won’t say with every trip you will make worth while savings but the basics are still the same especially for us budget travelers.

Three tips on saving money whilst traveling

Three tips on saving money whilst traveling

What kind of traveler are you? Budget or luxury? Regardless one of these three would will help you save some money whilst traveling. How much is dependent on the destination & location, season & popularity and ongoing deals.

Hotel, B&B or Hostel

I am yet to stay in a hostel but I have many friends who frequent them when traveling and they swear by them. I am a backpacker kind of traveler so you would assume I would be checking out hostels more than hotels but you would be wrong. I spend hours online searching for good hotel or B&B deals and 90% of my travels so far I have paid less than £25 a night for 3/4* hotels and I have been absolutely impressed with all of them. When I visited Norway (a very expensive country by the way), I decided to stay on the outskirts of Oslo to reduce on costs (since European public transport is so cheap). This was a sound choice because rooms for mere 2 nights were costing everything above €100 a night per room (which is usually better than per person).

Three tips on saving money whilst traveling

Hotel Fredrikstad, Norway

Transport: Private or Public

As a solo traveler I always opt for private hire where it is affordable especially if you’re going to a foreign country for the first time and English is not easily spoken. But when it comes to saving money during my spontaneous getaways it makes sense to use public transport where possible and easily accessible. When I traveled with my girls to Amsterdam and then Brussels we used public transport. We took a bus from London to Amsterdam (10+) on Friday night and we arrived early morning Saturday, this saved us having to pay for accommodation as we managed to sleep on the bus with ease. Spent all day exploring ourselves instead tour buses (which we used in Brussels) then took another bus in the evening to Brussels and spent the night in a 4* hotel because we had saved so much we could afford a decent hotel. The total cost of the two buses was a mere £15 each (£10 to Amsterdam from London and £5 from Amsterdam to Brussels). Talk about a bargain.

Food: Hotel or Supermarket

This might seem weird for some but it’s a tip I picked up from MOH. We bought what we could carry on the plane with us and when we arrived in Spain we decided to pick up some essentials that we couldn’t bring with us from a supermarket and that reduced our spending on food. We also ensured we booked hotels that had breakfast inclusive in the price which is a must for me when traveling. I don’t know about you but when I am traveling with other people we spend so much on food, it’s obvious since we are social people and having food is a big part of that. But I have now changed my ways and only eat out when traveling once a day and the rest of the time: break at hotel if they provide otherwise supermarket yogurt and croissant does the trick then eat out for lunch or for dinner dependent on the schedule.

Three tips on saving money whilst traveling

All you can eat breakfast at Hotel Fredrikstad, Norway

 

Three tips on saving money whilst traveling

Hotel Fredrikstad, Norway

 

Three tips on saving money whilst traveling

Hotel Fredrikstad, Norway

Not every trip are you going to save money but it is always a great incentive to look into ways you can have an enjoyable and stress free holiday without breaking the bank. But if luxury is your style then by all means go all out 🙂 .

There you have it, my three tips on saving money whilst traveling. What are some of your tips. What is the biggest saving you’ve made whilst traveling?

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  • I save more on accommodation so I can spend more on food as I try the specialties in a city I visit. Great and direct tips you have here. 🙂

    • Thanks Jessica that’s a nice tip too

  • I’ve never thought about solo travelling because I tend to go with my boyfriend but hearing about the experiences solo travelers have had, I think I might like to try it sometime!

    • It’s nice to have someone to go with definitely but solo traveling is another exciting ball game

  • Great tips – we save as much as we can on holiday although have never stayed in a hostel. Public transport can be quite fun though

    • Public transport can be fun indeed

  • I love these tips! I haven’t travelled much but will bear these in mind next time I do

  • Wow, I’m so impressed with all your trips – you’re right that research is the key and who doesn’t love an all you can eat breakfast?! I would love to be a bit more adventurous and travel more, so maybe if I follow your tips, I’ll be jetting off on my own weekends away soon!

  • Evelina

    Great tips! Having breakfast included in your stay makes such a huge difference. Also you don’t need to start a day with thinking where to go to eat 🙂

    • Exactly, this is why I love checking if they offer it or not

  • I definitely need these tips. My hubby and I have a few upcoming trips and we try to save money that we possibly can.

    • I hope these can be of help to you guys

  • Ali

    Great tips. I’d love to travel more but the cost is prohibitive now we are a family of 5. I’m sure thinking about it though we could do it cheaper than we think.

    • Thanks, I don’t know about family travel but I know it can be quite expensive most of the time

  • I’m too fussy for my own good, if the hotel isn’t a suitable star rating it’s eating out all the way.

    • Hahahaha, you have certain expectations that’s all

  • I guess because we don’t go on holiday very often I tend to splurge and make no effort to save – we save in the run up 🙂

    • Awww bless, it’s nice to splurge now and again

  • ♥ those tips! They work in the US too. Babushka always has her giant popa snack bag purse and cooler. Really popular with Sweetie and The Grands are premade tupperware filled w/pb&j and pretzel rods as well as those individual packets of flavors for bottled water. Continued good traveling to you!!

  • What a great post and tips. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to travel more and in order for me to do that, I’m going to have to use your 3 tips on saving money while traveling.

    • Thanks and I hope they are useful

  • These are all really great tips! We usually stay at a hotel or a friend’s place, but we end up spending so much on food you’re right. We’ll have to re-think our strategies next time!

    • Thanks Aly, it’s shocking sometimes how much we spend on food

  • Great tips, I’ve not done the AirBnB but I hear so much about them. I love to travel but I also love a deal.

  • We recently spent 3 weeks travelling round the US, and we used AirBnB the whole time. It was fantastic! Much cheaper than a hotel, and we got to experience each city like it is for real Americans, not just staying in a hotel with no personality. They also shared their insider knowledge about each city. Such a brilliant invention! 🙂

    • A brilliant invention indeed, I have looked into AirBnB before but never taken the plunge.

  • These tips are great. I definitely agree going to a supermarket versus eating out can save a ton. I try to do it every time I travel.

  • I am going to be travelling soon so these will definitely come in handy! Thanks for the tips x

  • Great tips! I always try to get a hotel where breakfast is included. It saves so much money!

  • see i always feel holidays are for splashing out so i dont worry so much about costs im sure ide save more if i was more carefull

    • Hahaha, I feel holidays are for me to relax, explore and sometimes indulge but to get there and the accommodation I need to save

  • I’m doing a lot of travelling in summer so will bear these tips in mind! I agree that breakfast as part of the hotel is an absolute must!

  • I am a big fan of using public transport and also staying just out of the city centre too. We’ve always had great staff at the hotels who have advised what bus/team to catch where to get tickets etc. We also love filling up on breakfast at the hotel and grabbing some fruit or lunch. Possibly a treat of an ice cream too

    I’ve also noticed having travelled with kids if you eat early, say before 6 you can get some great deals

    • That’s a good tips about eating early, I am warming to public transport in foreign lands

  • Great advise, it pays to research good deals and make the most of them.

  • When I travelled India I stayed in very budget places and used local shops and cafes to buy my food so I wasn’t spending more than any of the locals would have been. I did spend a little more on the trains though x

    • I think that a sound and affordable way to enjoy a holiday.

  • this is right on time. i haven’t traveled a lot this year but I see some travel opps coming in the future. thanks for sharing.

    • You’re most welcome and good luck with the future travels

  • Great tips! Perfect timing for summer as my hubby and I are planning to do a couple of get-aways. xx Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks Angela and I hope you manage to do as many as financially possible.

  • I love to travel as often as I can so saving money where I can is a must! These are great tips- hotels can be SO expensive but if you look around there are always cheaper alternatives.

    • Absolutely, looking around helps. There is always a deal somewhere

  • Those are some good tips! I am the same way. Whether abroad or here in the US, planning ahead and searching for the deals is always the fun part for me.

    • Same hear, I am currently searching for some more awesome deals for next month

  • This is really helpful. I’d like to do some traveling with my sister and cutting food costs would probably help us a lot.

    • I am glad to hear that Liz thanks

  • I love these tips because that means I can find something to splurge on while traveling! I need to get to Zambia!

    • Hahahaha, I hope you manage to visit Zambia

  • Jeanine

    Great tips! We rarely travel but when we have we tend to over spend and a lot. These will be helpful for not doing that!

    • Thanks Jeanine and I hope they will come in handy one day

  • I would love to travel that part of the world!! These are great tips for saving money, we always shop around for at least hotels when we travel.

    • Thanks, I try and do the same too

  • I am loving all of your tips, these are great ideas. Thanks for sharing them!

  • They are great tips! My tips would be to book tours and day trips in advance wherever possible, and stick to a budget.

    • Thanks and those are great tips too

  • What an interesting life you have! These are great tips – supermarket shopping in other countries, instead of relying on hotels for supplies is so true. I can’t believe it costs £10 to get a bus from London to Amsterdam! That’s amazing. Very impressed by your hotel deals too – great prices.

    • Thanks I am always looking for the best deals lol

  • great post! i used to travel around asia and found it so much cheaper to stick to south asia as everything is so cheap.

    • I have been to a few Asia countries

  • I am shocked by how cheap the bus journeys are, the last time I got a bus in Europe, it was more expensive than London x

    • There is so much competition now so no choice but play the cheaper price option for most companies

  • Those tips are great. I always struggle to find a good deal with hotels and I get so stressed about it!

    • Awww bless, use booking.com I always find something appealing

  • LOVE THIS! I just started planning a month of travelling around Europe and I can’t tell you how much this post has helped, thank you.

    – Elodie x

    http://www.elle-yeah.com

    • I am so glad to hear that Elodie, good luck with your planning and your travels

  • Wow those bus journeys were super cheap! I admire you for travelling solo, it’s not something I would be brave enough to do. Once a month traveling, you need these fab tips X

    • Thanks Laura, I am taking all the bravery I can find lol

  • Great tips! I wish that we had more opportunity to travel but as a family of six it isn’t yet possible outside of the UK! I really admire you in your solo travels, you are far braver than I have ever been although I am sure that you’re having the time of your life! Enjoy!

    • Awww thanks Laura, never thought I would do it but here I am doing it.

  • I completely agree with those tips! Although I have to say when I’m in travel mode I do love a good hostel. They are so cheap and I often choose the private rooms. I like spending my money seeing a place and not on all the frills.

    • Exactly not the firlls, I need to check out private hostels

  • Wow I love how much money you have been able to save it is a pretty incredible feat and although the night bus was probably long the fact that you manage to stay in 3*/ 4* hotels for so cheap is a great save.

    • Thanks Ana, the bus ride was worth it

  • I can not believe how cheap the coach from London to Amsterdam is, I might need to have a nosy at this! I tend to stay in private room hostels a lot and I have yet to stay in one which wasn’t nice x

    • It is so cheap and I love the idea of a private room hostel

  • These are some great tips to save money while traveling. Going on a vacation can be expensive but it’s important to save some money when possible. We love to use sites like Groupon to find deals on hotel, airfare, etc.

    • Thanks Jenn, I have not used Groupon for a while now!! Need to check out their latest deals on travel

  • I love these tips! Our family does travel quite a bit, and we use a lot of the same tips you have here. I also look on discount websites and see if I can find discount tickets to fly where I want to go so that I can spend more money on vacation then on the flight.

    • I am with you there, the cheap the flights the better.

  • You are a serious bargain hunter – you’re trip to Amsterdam was an absolute steal.I need to look out for a deal like that.

  • These are great tips. I love to travel, but our budget just is too tight most of them time.

    • Thanks and hope you travel sometime soon

  • wow, great tips. Will bookmark this for our summer adventures. Always happy to save some pennies.

  • Great tips, I can not believe how cheap the bus was to Amsterdam what a bargain xx

  • Great tips we don’t travel that often but these tips will come I handy when we do.

  • Hey, I’m a solo traveller too and I love it. Although I’m a sucker for saving money whilst I travel, I do agree with the post though and also there’s no many cheaper alternatives everywhere, for eating out and transport etc., just need to research. I’m from Estonia, you should visit Tallinn, it’s the most magical city, and so cheap and wonderful, I’m sure you’d love it. Much love X

    • I would love to visit Estonia one day and thanks for the recommendation.

  • Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I love this so much. We travel quite a bit and I love finding ways to save money whenever I can!

    • Thanks Robin, I am the same

  • I love this post – I’d love to travel on my own one day!

    Tara | http://www.cattitudeandco.uk

  • You are brave travelling solo. I always think I will be too bored.

    • I plan things ahead so that I am not bored lol

  • When I visited Helsinki I ate breakfast from a supermarket every day because the hotel was just so expensive! Great tips!

    • I am yet to visit Finland but I can imagine it being as expensive as Norway