I love traveling and I think anyone can make travel a part of their lives with a little penny pinching. You might have to save up for an airline ticket, but there are lots of little things you can do to save money while you are on a trip. Whether you pack just a backpack and stay in a hostel, or walk instead of hire taxis, there are always ways to travel on a shoestring! Check out five things I always do when planning my trip or while on the road:
Find Cheap Airfare 1 of 5My favorite site for searching inexpensive airfares is Kayak.com. You can see a month at a time and they search every site for you. Being flexible on your dates will help you save money. Kayak is the easiest site to search flexible dates.
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Pack Lightly! 2 of 5Now days everyone charges for extra bags and food. Bring your own food and pack everything you need in a bag that you can carry on.
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Eat from Grocery Stores and Markets 3 of 5Eating out can be really expensive. I love shopping at grocery stores because it's cheaper and it's a great everyday ritual that let's you experience the normal life, rather than just the life of a tourist. Checking out foreign super markets and their food packaging is an experience in itself.
Bike or Walk 4 of 5Instead of hiring taxis, rent a bike or walk. Bicycle rentals can be pretty inexpensive and it's such a fantastic way to see a city. Of course, there's nothing cheaper than walking around on your own two feet.
Avoid Buying Souvenirs 5 of 5Don't give into buying souvenirs, things you don't need, or impulse purchases that will just add weight to your luggage. Instead, pack your favorite camera. I've always found photos to be my favorite souvenirs. Afterwards, you can get a little book made of your trip. Leave it on your coffee table as a conversation starter! I always enjoy taking along film cameras too. A print or Polaroid is such a great souvenir that will last much longer than a silly bumper sticker or magnet.
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Chelsea Fuss is a blogger and prop stylist based in Portland who blogs daily at Frolic!
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