How can I save money Backpacking?
How can I spend less money each day?
This post will give you some great tips on how a backpacker can save money on things like Transport, Accommodation and Food
Save money on Transport
If you are backpacking around you can always look to buy a bus or train pass; this can cheap and efficient way of getting around if you are going to stay somewhere for a while.
If you are moving about it may be possible to book sleeper trains or buses overnight to save money on a night in a hostel.
You could consider a tour or package that includes activities, transport and accommodation or backpacker hop-on/hop-off bus to keep prices down while still seeing amazing places and meeting like-minded people.
If you are travelling with a few friends it can also be good ideal to hire a car and save some money by splitting the costs.
Save money on Accommodation
Usually Hostels are going to be the cheapest accommodation you are going to find and some are surprisingly comfortable these days.
Many offer money saving loyalty schemes like a coffee shop whereby the more you stay the more “free nights” you will get.
Others offer free transfers and pick ups from the airport which makes like so much easier and can save you a small fortune in time and money essential to keep you backpacking.
If you know you are going to spend a few nights in the same place, ask if you can get a cheaper deal and offer to pay in advance for the whole stay, this can make it cheaper still and the longer you are there the cheaper it can become.
This won’t suit everybody but just a couple of points for you to consider.
If you are living on your own or with others why not put up a note in the hostel to see if you can fill the spare room this way you have made a friend and saved some money.
On the flip side if you need to find somewhere to stay check out the notice board you will be surprised by what you can find.
The same goes for travelling around.
Save money on Food
If you are looking for a decent feed at a value price…simple …..Most backpacking hostels will have a kitchen so you can buy cheap food the supermarket and cook it yourself.
Due to the friendly like minded culture of the hostel you may even score a free meal or if you meet some new friends there you’ll probably end up making larger meals together and sharing the cooking and cost between you.
Negotiate a discount
You are backpacking now and you need to keep hold of your money!
Try your hand at bartering to keep prices down.
Some people are better at this than others but even a nice smile, a little flirt, knowing what a fair prices would be or when to walk away can save you loads of money and bring about a warm friendly glow.
It is well know that if you don’t ask you don’t get, what’s the worst that can happen? someone says no?!? oh well
Did you know?
People from the UK are supposedly one of the worst at asking for a discount or negotiating a price, maybe those folks are just too polite or crazy not to ask….after all they may SAVE SOME MONEY!