6 Quick Frugal Travel Tips

1. Book Early

I’m stating the obvious here, but it’s amazing how many people forget to do this and I’m no exception. I was recently travelling through Europe by train and I was constantly paying extra because I was too late in securing the much cheaper early bird tickets. If you’re planning a trip, don’t wait and secure those early deals now.

2. Eat Cheaply

While eating out is an essential part of the travel experience, it can be a costly affair if you don’t research. I spent 6 months in Europe and I was constantly surprised at the quality of food I was eating for the price I was paying. I ate at some amazing places (see below: a 3 course meal in Spain for under 10 euros) for a fraction of what I would have paid back home. Spend some time researching where you’re going to eat and the savings will quickly add up.


3. Stick to your budget

It’s all well and good making a budget before you leave, but it’s all but useless if you don’t stick to it. Spend some time planning and creating a budget for your trip and promise yourself you’ll stick to it when you’re travelling. You’ll thank yourself when you arrive home debt free.

4. Avoid ATM fees

I was silly enough not to check with my bank to see what fees I’d occur for using my card overseas and it resulted in a massive unnecessary cost. $5 per ATM transaction and a foreign exchange fee of 3% significantly adds up over time, but this could have all been avoided if I had changed plans before departing. Call your bank and find out what fees you’ll be charged when using your card and see what you can do to avoid them.

5. Go in the off-season

Sure, you’ve always wanted to spend a summer in Europe, but travelling through winter can be just as enjoyable and significantly cheaper too. If you’re worried about funds, strongly consider travelling to your desired destination in the off-season, I promise you won’t regret it.


6. Take public transport

This is a no-brainer really. Taxis are expensive and will quickly chew through your daily budget. Jump on a local bus or train instead and the savings will be monumental by the time you’re ready to leave. Plus, it’s nice to travel with the locals, you don’t want to be stuck in the back of a taxi for your entire trip.

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