versesofthelookingglass asked: Hey! First, thanks for following me! I like your blog too and followed back. I don't know if I've asked you this before (if so, I'm sorry!) but would you be so kind as to inform me (how-to, etc.) about ultra-cheap ways to travel/backpack? Me and a friend are planning to travel the world, and I've heard that there are ways to make it much, much cheaper. Yes, I am fine without the cliche touristy shinies. My friend seems to think we need shit-loads of money. I want to prove otherwise. Thank you!
Hey there! If you’re planning to do a world trip, probably your biggest expense will be flights. My advice is, use price comparison websites like Skyscanner or if you’re a student use a site that is geared towards students, like STA Travel, and they often have special discounted prices. Also keep an eye out for limited sales some airlines might be having as you travel! If you’re willing to travel on less-fancy airlines and have horribly long stopovers then you can get some great prices haha! It’s usually worth it.
Apart from that, hostels are the way to go accommodation-wise. Use a site like Hostelbookers or Hostelworld to find and compare hostels in a city/area and you can find some good deals! Obviously the price goes down as the number of people in the dorm goes up, so the more people you’re willing to share with, the less you’ll spend!
Food-wise, my number one rule is go grocery shopping. No eating at restaurants if you want to save money! When you arrive in a city, most hostels will have a kitchen and usually a fridge to store food, so find the nearest supermarket or convenience store and stock up on cheap food for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. I find that a huge amount of money goes on buying food when you’re out, so if you plan to have a full day of sightseeing/exploring, make a packed lunch like sandwiches and snacks from the supermarket to take with you rather than buying a meal out. If you do want to eat out, either ask the people at reception at the hostel or perhaps another local somewhere else if they can recommend any especially cheap areas, as food outlets near any main attractions will have exorbitant prices.
Another way to cut down on spending is to make sure you have everything packed with you. Might sound obvious, but there’s no need to waste money buying clothes for weather you didn’t pack for, or other bits you forgot. Make a list well before you go and keep adding to it as you think of more items daily. If you’re backpacking, keep it really minimal; try and have a few outfits with transitional pieces that can get you through any weather. Take a thick jacket/coat and always wear it on travel days. A good pair of walking shoes etc, oh and whatever you do, don’t forget a pair of flip-flops for the beach and most definitely to wear when showering in hostels!
If you’re planning to party, pre-drink hahaha. In countries like France and Spain, alcohol is dirt cheap so grab some crappy wine from the corner store and you’ll be on your way! Try not to buy drinks in clubs and bars as they can be money-eaters.
For attractions with entry fees, check out reviews online beforehand to see if the experience is worth it before spending your precious dough on it. If you do decide it seems worth it, you can often get some good admission deals online either because you’re booking online or in advance/discount sites etc. I would definitely recommend the site Viator for this!
Anyway, hope this helped and have fun! Don’t hesitate to write back if you have more questions! :)