top of page

Unlocking Affordable Adventures: 10 Budget Travel Tips and Tricks

Embark on budget-friendly adventures around the globe with our expert tips and tricks for savvy travelers. From finding affordable accommodations to navigating local transportation like a pro, these insider secrets will help you stretch your travel budget while maximizing your experiences. Join us as we share our top tips for exploring the world on a budget without compromising on comfort or adventure.

1. Australia: Budget-Friendly Stays And Other Cost-saving Tips

Experience the best of Australia without breaking the bank with accommodations at Hostel Base in St. Kilda and Sydney. Explore the cities safely and affordably with insider tips for using public transportation and enjoying safe walking routes.

  1. Embrace Public Transport and Rideshares: Australia's cities has a really efficient public transport systems, including buses, trains, and ferries, which are much more affordable than renting a car or relying on taxis. Consider purchasing a transport pass for unlimited rides over a certain period. Additionally, rideshare apps can offer cost-effective options for longer distances when split with fellow travelers. My Tips: You can use your credit card to pay directly at the entrance of buses, but you will need to buy a ticket at the counter for the ferries.

  2. Opt for Hostels and Camping: Accommodation can eat up a significant portion of your budget. Hostels are a great way to save money, and they offer the added benefit of meeting fellow travelers. For the more adventurous, camping is an inexpensive alternative that allows you to enjoy Australia's stunning natural landscapes. National parks and beachside campgrounds are available at a fraction of the cost of hotels. My Tips: One of my favourite hostel (Nomads) offer a very vibrant scene for anyone looking to party. They are located in Melbourne (St-Kilda) and Sydney.

  3. Cook Your Own Meals: Eating out in Australia can be pricey. Save money by preparing your own meals. Hostels usually have communal kitchens, and camping areas often have BBQ facilities. Visit local markets for fresh produce and try your hand at cooking some Australian delicacies. My Tips: You can save money on food by opting for day tours -often the lunch or dinner will be included with your excursion.

  4. Take Advantage of Free Attractions: Australia is home to numerous free attractions, from its world-renowned beaches to vibrant street art and scenic walking trails. Cities like Sydney and Melbourne offer free museum entry on certain days, and you can always enjoy the natural beauty of places like the Blue Mountains or the Great Ocean Road at no cost. My Tips: A) Take the bus to Bondi Beach and walk along the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk, for a scenic and popular hiking trail, connecting the iconic Bondi Beach with the beautiful Bronte Beach. This moderate walk will offer you breathtaking views of cliffs, bays, and the ocean. Along the way, you can enjoy the natural beauty, vibrant beach culture, and occasional whale sightings during migration season. B) Take the ferry to Manly Beach and walk along the Shelly Beach to the Barracks, for a picturesque coastal hike that offers stunning views of the sea, lush landscapes, and historical insights. This relatively easy walk is perfect for all ages, taking you through beautiful beaches, serene parks, and past historical sites, ending at the Barracks Precinct.

  5. Travel Off-Peak: Timing can significantly affect travel costs. Avoid Australian summer and school holidays when prices for flights, accommodations, and attractions peak. Traveling during shoulder seasons (spring and autumn) can result in lower costs and fewer crowds, making for a more enjoyable and budget-friendly experience. My Tips: Pack a wind-breaker, regardless of the season, as sometimes Melbourne can get quite windy!

2. Egypt: Bargain Shopping and Budget Lodging at Cairo Hub Hostel

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Egypt with a budget-friendly stay at Cairo Hub Hostel. Learn the art of bargaining in local markets to score souvenirs and goods at the best prices while supporting local vendors.

  1. Utilize Shared Rides: Egypt's major cities like Cairo and Alexandria have Uber and other shared ride applications that you can use safely. My Tips: Use the motorcycle option on Uber, for a quicker and more adventurous way to travel through the city. More often then not, they will provide an helmet for your safety.

  2. Stay in Budget Accommodations or Hostels: Instead of opting for expensive hotels, look for budget-friendly hostels or guesthouses. Many offer clean and comfortable rooms at a fraction of the price. Couchsurfing is also popular in Egypt, offering a chance to meet locals and save on accommodation. My Tips: Cairo Hub Hostel is very well located and offers great deals on activities. Just be careful to bargain everything (including day trips) as everyone in Egypt tend to boost prices for tourists.

  3. Eat Like a Local: Egyptian cuisine is delicious and incredibly affordable if you eat where the locals do. Street food, like falafel, shawarma, and koshari, is not only cheap but also offers a taste of authentic Egyptian flavours. Local markets are great places to buy fresh fruits and snacks at low prices. My Tips: There is a delicious halal restaurant just next door to Hub Hostel (turn left, when you exit the building), offering very cheap but extremely delicious food! The owner is a gem too!

  4. Visit Free or Low-Cost Attractions: Egypt is filled with affordable attractions. Many ancient sites, like the pyramids of Giza, have an entrance fee, but there are plenty of free or low-cost activities. Explore the vibrant markets, visit mosques, and walk along the Nile Corniche without spending a dime. Many museums offer discounted tickets on certain days. My Tips: You can literally spend half a day just getting lost in the Khan el-Khalili market. Drink a typical Egyptian tea amongst the lamps and spices, and don't forget to bargain if you want to buy anything whatsoever. It is actually rude not to do it, here.

  5. Travel Off-Peak: Visiting Egypt during the shoulder seasons (March to May and September to November) can significantly reduce travel costs. Not only are flight and accommodation prices lower, but you'll also avoid the crowds at major tourist sites, making for a more pleasant experience. My Tips: Pay for group tour if you go out for the day -during those months you might end-up solo still, without having to pay the full cost of a private tour.

3. Japan: Affordable Accommodation and Transportation in Tokyo

Discover the art of budget travel in Japan with a stay at Hostel Book and Bed Tokyo. Learn about cost-effective transportation options, including the Suica card, and other money-saving tips for navigating Japan's efficient train system.

  1. Leverage the Japan Rail Pass: For long-distance travel across Japan, consider purchasing the Japan Rail Pass before your trip. This pass offers unlimited travel on most JR trains, including some bullet trains, for a set number of days and can result in significant savings, especially if you plan to visit multiple cities. My Tips: Make sure to plan your itinerary via their wedbsite first, to see if it makes sense or not to buy the pass. Sometimes it is less costly to just travel with the Suica card.

  2. Utilize Suica or Pasmo Cards for Local Transit: In metropolitan areas, Suica or Pasmo cards are cost-effective for navigating the efficient public transportation systems. These prepaid cards can be used on trains, buses, and even in convenience stores, saving you the hassle of purchasing individual tickets and potentially offering fare discounts. My Tips: Order the suica card online (it can be delivered everywhere in the world). Note that you will need to swipe the card when going IN and OUT of the transport.

  3. Stay in Unique Budget Accommodations: Embrace the culture of Japan by staying in hostels, guesthouses, or unique accommodations like Book and Bed hostel, where you can sleep surrounded by books. These options are not only budget-friendly but also provide opportunities to meet fellow travellers and immerse yourself in Japanese culture. My Tips: Stay at Book and Bed in Shinjuku for a perfect hub in the middle of Tokyo. Very affordable and instagram-worthy, this hostel is also a delicious coffee shop and a library.

  4. Eat Smart: Japan offers a wide range of affordable eating options. Conveyor belt sushi, ramen shops, convenience store meals, and local supermarkets provide delicious and budget-friendly meals. Look out for "teishoku" (set meals) for a balanced and economical dinner option. My Tips: All the sushi places will have very fresh fish, so if you are looking for a delicious yet budget-friendly option, try to find some standing sushi places. There are plenty around every big Japanese cities.

  5. Take Advantage of Free Attractions and Experiences: Explore Japan's rich culture and natural beauty through its many free attractions. Visit temples and shrines, stroll through public parks, and hike scenic trails. Many cities offer free walking tours led by local volunteers, which is a great way to learn about the area's history and culture. My Tips: Head to the Kiso Valley for a few days and hike the beautiful Nasakendo trail for a truely authentic Japanese experience.

4. Germany: Hybrid Car Rentals for Cost-Effective travel around the Romantic Road

Explore Berlin on a budget with accommodations at HappyGoLucky Hostel. Discover how to save on transportation costs by renting hybrid cars and explore the city's vibrant neighborhoods without breaking the bank.

  1. Opt for Hybrid Car Rentals: Begin your journey by renting a hybrid car. This eco-friendly option not only reduces your carbon footprint but also offers significant savings on fuel costs, especially valuable for the long drives along the Romantic Road. Many rental agencies in Germany now offer a wide range of hybrid vehicles, ensuring comfort without compromising on efficiency. My Tips: If the car doesn't start, it's probably because the engine is locked. To unlock it, hold the key on the start button for about 10 seconds.

  2. Plan Your Route Efficiently: The Romantic Road stretches approximately 350 kilometers from Würzburg to Füssen. Plan your route to include overnight stops in towns or villages that interest you the most, such as Rothenburg ob der Tauber or Dinkelsbühl. This allows you to explore each area without rushing, making the most of your hybrid rental's fuel efficiency over shorter distances. My Tips: Rothenburg ob des Tauber has lots of closed shops during low season, but it is still a fairytale town to explore. Definitely worth an overnight stay!

  3. Take Advantage of Off-Peak Discounts: Rental prices can vary significantly depending on the season. If possible, schedule your trip during off-peak times to take advantage of lower rental rates. Not only will you save money, but you'll also enjoy the Romantic Road's attractions with fewer tourists around. My Tips: Make sure to allow enough time in each town, has lots of them will have castle walking tours at specific times during the day. Our favorite one were: Neuschwanstein castle and Harburg Castle.

  4. Use Eco-Driving Techniques: Maximize your hybrid vehicle's efficiency by adopting eco-driving practices. Maintain steady speeds, utilize the car's eco-mode if available, and plan for gradual braking to enhance battery recharging. These techniques can further reduce fuel consumption and costs. My Tips: Use the no-speed limit rules to your advantage. It is current on the autoban to drive around 160 km/h and we absolutely loved it.

  5. Explore Local Villages and Nature on Foot: Once you arrive at your destinations along the Romantic Road, park your hybrid car and explore on foot. Many of the medieval towns, castles, and natural attractions are best experienced at a leisurely pace. This approach not only reduces your environmental impact but also allows you to discover hidden gems not accessible by car. My Tips: The parking is easy outside of the walled-towns, but it is recommended to arrive in the morning to avoid any crowds.

5. Brazil: Saving on Accommodation and Transportation

Experience the beauty of Brazil without overspending with a stay at Sunrise Bela Vista Pousada. Learn about budget-friendly accommodation options like pousadas and how to save on transportation costs by using ride-sharing services like Uber.

  1. Opt for Ridesharing: Brazil's major cities like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro offer extensive public transportation networks, including buses, metro, and trains, which are both efficient and cost-effective. For longer distances, consider using ridesharing apps like Uber, which can be cheaper than traditional taxis and a great way to split costs if you're traveling with others. My Tips: Opt for the uber's motorcycle option for a quicker and more adventurous experience!

  2. Stay in Hostels or Pousadas: Brazil offers a wide range of budget-friendly accommodations. Hostels are not only affordable but also provide opportunities to meet fellow travelers. Alternatively, consider staying with locals in Pousadas to gain a more authentic experience and save on lodging. My Tips: Venture in the small historical town of Paraty for a vibrant and more authentic experience of Brazil. The Sunrise Bela Vista Pousada offers a cheap but amazing stay at the heart of this beautiful town.

  3. Enjoy Street Food and Local Markets: Brazilian street food is both delicious and affordable, offering a taste of the country's rich culinary diversity. Look for popular snacks like pastéis, tapioca pancakes, and acarajé. Visiting local markets is also a great way to sample fresh produce and local delicacies at lower prices than restaurants. My Tips: Avoid restaurant by popular beaches as they are boosting the prices for tourists. Restaurants towards the city center will have cheaper price and more authentic food.

  4. Take Advantage of Free Activities: Brazil is home to countless free attractions, from stunning beaches to lively city markets and beautiful parks. Many cities offer free walking tours, a fantastic way to learn about the area's history and culture from local guides. Also, check out the cultural centers and museums, which often have free admission days. My Tips: A walk from Copacabana beach to Leblon beach is a very good, cheap and safe way to visit the costal beauty of Rio!

  5. Travel During Off-Peak Seasons: Brazil's high season runs from December to March (summer), coinciding with major festivals like Carnival, when prices can skyrocket. To save money, plan your visit during the shoulder seasons (April to June and August to October). You'll enjoy milder weather, fewer crowds, and lower prices on flights and accommodations. My Tips: Try to visit Paraty during the Bourbon festival for a taste of a free yet amazing local event.