5 Ways To Travel On A Budget

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I’ve always loved travelling and my list of places I want to visit never seems to go down and one thing which i’ve noticed is that travelling doesn’t always need to be expensive. Like most people i’m trying to hold on to bank holidays and use the least amount of holiday from work in order to get away as often as I can.

I decided a while ago that I wanted to go away at Easter and ended up going to Sweden for five days after using some of these tips for travelling on a budget.

Use the Sky Scanner app for flights 

Having been introduced to this app by a friend I don’t think i’d ever consider travelling without using it. The app combines every flight imaginable to give you comparable prices and it’s great if you are open on when to travel or even where you want to go. Unless I know exactly where I want to go – which is rare because there are so many options – I tend to search when I want to travel and find the cheapest flights to someone I want to go, and decision made. This is exactly why I ended up in Sweden for Easter.

The app is free to download from the app store for android and iPhones.


Don’t be scared off by hostels 

Again this was another fantastic tip by a friend and something which I recently tried out after realising hotels in Sweden were a little more expensive than I wanted to spend. Hostels tend to be more central because they’re used by younger people and those travelling so the locations are great and they tend to be much cheaper. I used to think that hostels were all about sharing one massive room with loads of strangers but actually it can be much like a hotel than you think.

When I stayed in Stockholm we had a private room with an en-suite so the only difference was that it was a little smaller than a standard hotel room. In Gothenberg we had a private room but this time had a shared bathroom, which really wasn’t bad. Everything was clean, I never had to queue for anything and we didn’t have to walk far to get to them. The only thing worth noting with hostels is that you usually have to pay extra for bedding and towels so if you can take your own.

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Maximize the use of Air B n B 

Air B n B is probably one of the best invented app’s out there and a group of us used the app when we went to Budapest last September. People advertise their own homes/ flats, places they rent out or holiday homes on here and you can hire them out for as long as you want. There are some awesomely quirky places on there including hiring out yurts and boats, but this is really good especially if there’s a larger group of you. I am pretty sure between seven of us in Budapest we paid about £25 for 2 nights at the apartment we hired out which is just insane when you think about it.

You can get the app for free for android or iPhones or visit their site.


Choose Eastern Non-Euro countries 

There’s no denying the Euro isn’t great so choosing a country not in the Euro can be a great choice especially the more Eastern European countries. Again going back to Budapest everything was so cheap there and I came back with quite a bit of money (something which NEVER happens with me) and when I went to Poland it was also cheap, in fact most nights we paid roughly £12 for a 3 course meal and a few alcoholic drinks. Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and countries like these could leave you spending less money than you think when you’re away.


Booking attractions in advance and check out visitor/ student deals 

A lot of places will allow you to book in advance and save some money, from cross country train travel to attractions. This means you not only save money but you can save yourself some time when you’re out there too. I made the mistake when we went to Sweden of not booking our trains in advance. We had a 6 hour train journey from Stockholm to Gothenburg which could have been as cheap as £10 in advance, but we paid about £50 on the day so I have certainly learnt about this. This is something though i’ve used a lot when I go to the states booking theatre tickets and Empire State building access.

April 18, 2015
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  • Those are really good pointers, I usually travel that way, unless is a last minute or different situation, but you enjoy your trip just as much being or not on a budget.


    • Yeah there are some situations when you can't help it, but i'd rather have more money to spend on doing things than on getting there/ staying there.

  • Great post, i've stayed in hostels before and had a great time. The one I always used to stay in London was good because they did female only dorms. You get to meet some great people in hostels too x

    • Female only dorms are a great shout, I think if I stayed in a dorm with other people then that's probably what i'd want to do. And in London it's about the only affordable place to stay!

  • Some very good tips I always find we blow ours would be nice to stick to them this time.

    • It's all about planning and I am a complete sucker for plans and lists which can make budgeting and saving money much easier.

  • We love using hostels! Have found so many new places and hidden gems through them. I think people shun them thinking they are dirty. Infact they are normally nicer than a hotel!

    • Definitely agree, the two hostels I used in Sweden were nicer than a lot of hotels. I think I was a bit snobby about hostels before but now i've tried them I am more than happy to use them again.

  • Fabulous tips here. I'd never normally even think about using an app for my travels so thanks for the heads up!

    • I could not travel without Skyscanner, and the Air BnB app has some amazing places to stay there too.

  • Fabulous tips here. I'd never normally even think about using an app for my travels so thanks for the heads up!

  • Ah this post makes me want to travel so bad! You have excellent tips here and definitely agree on booking attractions in advance. Whenever I used to travel say to London, booking transport in advance always saved me money. When I traveled to the US, I also carried a travel money card (via FairFx) which was pretty handy and safe and the exchange rate was amazing.

    • Every time I come back from a trip it makes me want to travel even. I need to start making plans before I head to the US in September!

  • Hostels and B&Bs can be really wonderful places to stay

  • Some really good points you've written here. I have always been totally scared of staying in hostels until i stayed in one in Paris and it was actually really welcoming!

    Ashleigh x

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    • Totally know what you mean, I didn't realise how nice hostels could be! x

  • Excellent tips – my brother often stays in hostels IN Europe and says the quality is really good.


    • I was surprised at how great the hostels were! Would definitely stay in one again. x

  • Some really great tips! I have quite a few Swedish friends, though I've never visited the country itself. I've heard it's absolutely beautiful – and very clean, Lol! Tx

    • It really is! I am so glad it happened to be the cheapest place because it was such a lovely place. I'd love to go back in the summer too.

  • great tips thanks so much for sharing these


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