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7 budget travel tips you might not know

Published November 19th, 2012

Sometimes it just takes one single tip to save you a couple of bucks. And as travellers we all know that a couple of bucks can add up when on holidays. While the benefits of early bird flights are well known we have plenty more budget travel tips to be shared. Here are some more that you might not know yet

 

1.       Travel in the off season

Luckily for you, not everyone is able to travel in the off season, and by off season we mean school holidays. Avoid the kids and parents by jetting off before and after school holidays.

Eat with the locals

Eat with the locals

 

2.       Eat with the locals (not the tourists)

Eating where the locals are really is the key to getting good grub overseas. Look for long lines, crowded rooms and busy baristas. If you’re tummy rumbles when visiting a tourist attraction, opt for a café a few streets away. Generally speaking, the further away from the tourist areas, the cheaper it will be.

 

3.       Take the bus

It might not be considered glam, but taking the bus tends to be a lot cheaper than the train, and a gazillion times cheaper than hiring a car. Plus it’s a lot more scenic than the subway.

 

4.       Multi-stop flights

Planning on hitting up more than one country? Check out our multi-stop flights. They’re a ton cheaper than booking the individual flights and if you’re a full time student or under 26 you can book our Black Market flights.

 

5.       Stay out of town

Hire a bike

Hire a bike

If you’re looking to save a bit of cash on accommodation, consider staying out of the city. With the main tourist attractions only a cheap bus or train ride away, you’ll be surprised by how much you can save. Additionally, staying in the ‘burbs is a great way to see life through a local’s eyes and discover great places to eat and drink that you never would have found if you stayed in the city.

 

6.       Hire a bike

Better for your health and your pocket, hiring a bike is a great way to whip around a city without having to fork out on multiple train or bus tickets.

 

7.       Shop at the grocery story

It may involve having to look a little further for one, but a bottle of water and a few snacks will be much cheaper at a grocer than the convenience store located underneath your hotel. Plus, who doesn’t love to visit foreign grocery stores and see all the crazy food?

 

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.