How to Travel on a Budget

It always amazes me when people tell me they don’t travel because they think they can’t afford to. At 26 years old, I have been to almost 30 countries, lived in three different countries, and try to travel on a monthly basis. 

I have always traveled on a budget, and probably always will because it allows me to travel and experience life the way locals do. (Except for that one time in Denmark where a $40 pizza was the cheapest thing on the menu).

Traveling can be expensive-but it doesn’t have to be. These 5 tips are what allow me to travel as often as I do and help me keep my costs down while I am abroad. 




1. Flight Deals 


The biggest expense of your trip will probably be your flight. However, with all the different airlines out today, it is almost always possible to find a reasonably priced ticket.

Below are tips on how I find the best flight deals.


 I subscribe to all budget airline newsletters (wow air, spirit, frontier, etc) so that when there is a sale, I know about it right away.


 I follow The Flight Deal, The Points Guy, and Travel Pirates, and keep my eye out for destinations I want to go to.


 Google Flights is the only search engine I use to look for cheap flights-you can set a price alert and let google do the work for you!


 Take advantage of a long layovers-gives you a chance to explore a new city!

 2. Utilize Airline Credit Cards


On top of finding cheap airline tickets, I rarely pay for the full cost of the ticket itself. Airline credit cards allow you to rack up miles for every dollar you spend on your everyday purchases. Besides accumulating miles, some of these cards give you added benefits such as; free car rental insurance, free baggage, and discounts with partner travel sites. 

3. Less is More


The name of my blog is mycarryononly and I fully embrace and live by it. When I travel, I never take anything more than my backpack filled with my basic necessities. This saves me a lot of time and money by not having to check any luggage in when I fly. 

Also, not bringing any valuables on my trips puts me more at ease if my things were ever to get lost or stolen. 


4. Hostels, Couchsurfing, Workaways, etc

When it comes to accommodation, there are a plethora of options for any type of traveler to not break the bank. 

Hostels-Hostels are shared accommodation with other travelers. What I love about staying in hostels are all the different types of people I get to meet. Being a solo traveler, hostels have been a great way for me to exchange itineraries and find other travel buddies when exploring a new country. A lot of hostels also include free breakfast, organized tours, and various activities. If you don’t want to share a room with other guests, many hostels offer private accommodation, but for a higher price. is my go to site for looking up hostels around the world. is a way that travelers can find accommodation by staying with the locals themselves. This is a great way to meet and stay with locals while also sharing experiences from your own culture and city. Since couchsurfing is free, interacting with your host and cultural exchange is imperative and should be the main drive behind why you want to couchsurf. If you choose to go the couchsurfing route for your travels, make sure you treat is as an experience rather than a free place to crash for the night. is another great site that allows travelers to volunteer for a part of their trip in exchange for lodging and food. I think this is a great way to give back to a community while learning new skills and exploring a new country.

5. Free Resources!


I don’t think I ever been to a country where I couldn’t find a tourism office that provided me with free maps and information at no extra cost. There are many free resources that travelers have at their disposal no matter where they are traveling to.


One of my favorite things to do when I arrive to a new city is to take a free walking tour to get acquainted with the city itself and it’s history. Of course, always rememberto tip at the end of the tour.


I also found posting my future travels plans on travel sites very helpful because it allows me to link up with other travelers and plan itineraries together. This also helps alleviate the costs of rental cars, lodging, etc. 


What are you best budget travel tips? Let me know in the comments below!





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