If you travel as much as I do, then you may want to prioritize your spending. The biggest ways that I save money while traveling are listed below. It’s easy to get into “vacation mode” while on a trip, but if you treat traveling more like a journey instead of a vacation, you’ll find yourself being more frugal and living more like the way you do when you’re back home.
Just because you’re traveling, doesn’t mean that you’re on vacation. Sometimes, you’re on a journey for boundless experiences. Spending less while on the road will keep you traveling longer.
Eat Street Food
Eating street food is a major part of the traveling experience. It really allows you to get a taste of the local cuisine that many people eat from the area. I prefer stalls over street vendors. Stalls have a more fixed set-up where they go every day and cook food. Vendors tend to move around and I just think you’re better off eating from a more permanent-like stall.
Street food is cheap and will fill you up. I like areas that aren’t surrounded by heavy traffic. The smog in India and other parts of Asia can be really bad. I prefer my food cooked not in the thick of it.
Cut Out Snacking
A samosa here, a jalebi there. Continuous snacking can not only increase your travel costs, but is also not really good for you. It takes a lot of energy for your body to digest food and making it work tirelessly could leave you with an energy deficit and just feeling plain lousy.
As an adult, two meals per day is really sufficient. When traveling, I typically just eat lunch and dinner. I may have a little light snack mid-morning, if I’m really on the go and burning calories. You just seam to operate better and more aware on less food. Try it out.
After all, there are yogis who survive on just one coconut per day and others who live off just a small handful of soaked peanuts once per day.
Avoid High-End or Touristy
This really goes without saying. Avoid fancy restaurants and tourist traps when traveling abroad. It’s the same in the US. We have cheap places to eat and overly priced establishments.
However, if you do find yourself at a tourist trap or feel you’re being overcharged, just pay the bill and chock it up as a lesson learned. Don’t be like this lady and try to call the vendor out on their prices. Not all foreigners operate under the same rules that you may be used to.
Save on Transportation
Check out The Man In Seat 61 for arguably the most comprehensive database for train travel on the web. You can search routes and maps for train schedules and rates.
Bla Bla Car for ride sharing.
Keep the Souvenirs to a Minimum
It’s tempting to buy little souvenirs whenever you travel. You’re in foreign land, everything seems so unique and cool, but remaining conservative will help you save that money for future trips.
If you can afford to splurge, then by all means. But, if you’re truly looking for ways to save money while traveling, think all your purchases through.