1. Flexibility first and foremost The prices, as you will know, vary enormously depending on the period in which you travel. Set off in the low season when possible, not only will you get cheaper prices but also less tourists in particularly popular places. If you really can’t be flexible with the dates then try […]Continue Reading
I have been traveling alone for almost 10 years and all the life I explore the world. I am sincere when I started traveling alone I made a lot of mistakes, based on common sense, on excessive prevention, programming, but basically we always do it, when we start doing something we never do it well. […]Continue Reading
1. Flexibility first and foremost
The prices, as you will know, vary enormously depending on the period in which you travel. Set off in the low season when possible, not only will you get cheaper prices but also less tourists in particularly popular places. If you really can’t be flexible with the dates then try to be flexible with the destination, in short, don’t go to Ibiza in the middle of August and expect to spend little. Be curious and look for alternative destinations.
2. Create an intelligent itinerary
Avoid moving in a zigzag fashion and build a route that allows you to move as efficiently as possible. In this guide you will find all my tips for organizing a trip to the fullest.
3. Don’t buy a guide
The web is always richer in information, travel blogs are plenty as well as forums. Finding all the information you need is no longer as difficult as it used to be. An extremely useful site that I can recommend especially if you chew some English is wikitravel , in addition to my blog, of course!
Well, now that you have read all these tips, try to put them into practice as much as possible and you will immediately see your expenses go down. As you will have understood, the secret is to use unconventional methods but above all it is to get rid of the holiday mentality and enter into that of a traveler.
4. Save on airline tickets
Often the air ticket is an expense that greatly affects the total cost of a trip, read my guide on how to find cheap flights and become a low-cost flight ninja!
An economic flight ticket is the beginning of every low-cost journey
5. Travel light
It may seem strange but traveling light can really save you a lot of money. The ideal would be to be able to travel with hand luggage only to avoid unnecessary surcharges on the part of airlines. Remember to weigh your luggage before you leave. In addition, if your luggage is heavy, it will also be tempting to take a taxi rather than walk. I believe that a good backpack is the ultimate solution for low-cost travelers.
6. Always carry a water bottle
The cost of water can also have an impact on the cost of your trip. Always carry a water bottle or an empty bottle to fill. In some countries it is not advisable to drink tap water but it is still worth having a water bottle because many hostels / hotels provide drinking water for their guests. The solution for all situations is the bottle with integrated filter .
Here you will find the complete list of things that I take on the road to be ready for everything and at the same time travel light.
7. Fight expensive incidents
For travel outside Europe, take out a good travel insurance that at least covers you for medical expenses and civil liability. In this article I compare those that I think are the best for value for money. For travel within the European Union, I do not recommend taking out a policy because you enjoy the same rights as the insured persons in the country where you are. It is explained here .
If you are looking for more advice on how to travel safely then I recommend this article .
8. The student discount
Are you a student? There is the possibility that you are entitled to a discount even abroad, just remember to bring your student card, with photo.
9. Use a card without currency exchange fees
Currency exchange commissions are expressed as a percentage and can even reach 3%, this means that if you are withdrawing in a currency other than the euro, in addition to the cost of the withdrawal, which may already be a few euros, you will have to pay an additional 3% on the total of the amount withdrawn.
For operation within the euro zone the problem does not exist but pay attention to the fixed withdrawal cost outside Italy.
The best cards for traveling abroad
10. Pay with the card
Whenever you go to the counter, bank commissions accumulate, especially outside the European Union. Therefore, try to pay with the card whenever possible but avoid doing so in suspicious places and always ask if there is a commission.
I have been traveling alone for almost 10 years and all the life I explore the world. I am sincere when I started traveling alone I made a lot of mistakes, based on common sense, on excessive prevention, programming, but basically we always do it, when we start doing something we never do it well. On this page I would like to collect the most important tips that come to mind, if you have others to ask, write to me.
Ask anyone who can give it to you!
If you could have one euro for all the emails I received that started with “They told me that ..” Before listening to people addressing your choices, ask who these people are. First of all, ask them if they did the thing they are talking about. “Not going to Colombia alone is very dangerous!” Ok, did you ever go there? Because if you rely on the Narcos series, we don’t need your advice. Check that the person giving you advice is similar to you. I am an imaginary of the sea and a dear friend of mine hates water, honestly I wouldn’t ask him if he liked the Philippines. If you don’t have friends or acquaintances to ask for help, look on the web, but I always recommend bloggers with your travel guide.
Fear of traveling alone
Guys being afraid is normal, everyone has it especially for new things! Fear serves to protect us from danger and to make us think more but remember not to become a slave to it! Fears face each other! All! If you still haven’t succeeded it is because maybe you don’t have the tools or you don’t know how to do it, but in the end I’m here for that too no? 😉
Once the fears we have overcome we must point the finger on the world map and go! Not for everyone is an easy thing, many remain hours to decide where and for how long. What I always say is: follow your desires, try to go right to the place you have been thinking about for years, it’s just the beginning, you always have your whole life ahead to go to the other 180 countries.
For many, the economic factor is still an important limit, I am honestly money is not the hardest thing to find, but time. In the journey there is an axiom, the more time you have and the less you can spend, vacationers think the opposite but we let them think that we go on vacation to an all inclusive resort! On the journey it is different, the time gives you the luxury of choosing the cheapest means of transport, of negotiating the price for a room for a week instead of two nights, it gives you the opportunity to cook instead of always going to the restaurant.
What makes the difference in the amount of money you spend is your ability to be flexible, to adapt, to renounce comfort in the name of the street. It’s not easy for everyone, I’m sincere, but I’ve met people who give up everything to keep on traveling, kids who spent only € 3 a day! So the next time you don’t use the money as an alibi, confess that maybe you can’t make it so much low-cost travel. However, there are several tips to save on travel.
How to stay for little money
The easiest ways to spend little are camping and doing Couchsurfing (ie staying free at people’s homes), another alternative that I always recommend and go to the hostel . I think the hostel is the perfect solution for lonely travelers, you spend little, meet so many people, you don’t feel obliged to socialize, if you get bored of being quiet, you talk, you can ask everyone for advice and then if you need your privacy you can always take a private room. I am sincere, most of the times when I book a hostel (which happens very little because I usually go there in the morning walking or even by phone) or when I happen to take a hotel I prefer to book with Booking, for the simple reason that they don’t ask me for the money at the time of booking and then I can cancel up to 15 days before.