Let’s face reality: travel can be expensive. You’ve probably seen all of those beautiful photos on Instagram where someone has a wistful and dreamy smile on their face while they stand in an amazing location, reaching their hand out to you as if to entice you to join them. “Well, too bad,” you might think, because they are a wealthy world traveler and you’re just a poor soul stuck at home without much money.
Well, think again. Travel is no longer just for the rich. A common myth that has been destroyed in recent decades is that one must have a large sum of money to travel around the world (or anywhere abroad). Yes, travel can be done cheaply, safely, and extensively these days, and it’s not too hard to figure out how. After all, many of those Instagram-famous travelers are already doing it cheaply, and so are many others that aren’t Instagram-famous.
My wife and I have done it, too (and we’re not rich or famous). We once spent an entire three months on the other side of the world for only a few thousand dollars. All it takes is a little research, some common sense, a willingness to explore, and the ability to lower your standards of luxury for a little while. We have put multiple long-term and short-term trips on our travel resume, all on a tight budget. With the following tips and advice, you can too. Whether you are a first-time international traveler, or if you want to stretch your money to travel for a little bit longer, below are some of the easiest practical planning tips to save money while traveling.
So, let’s get to it. Here’s how you plan a trip on a tight budget.