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6 Tips For Traveling On A Budget

This blog is written by guest blogger Gloria Kimbulu. Gloria is a recent college graduate and avid traveler. Last year she went on solo trips to Puerto Rico and Spain, France, Italy and Portugal. For her next trip, she hopes to go to Cuba and Colombia.

This past summer, I went on my first international vacation to Spain, France, Italy and Portugal. My trip was six weeks during the summer and since then I’ve had different people ask me various questions about my trip and how I was able to afford it. It’s important to note that for two of the six weeks, I stayed with people I knew, which cut down costs.

My trip would not have happened without the flight deal I found. I bought a roundtrip ticket from Nebraska to Spain for $430 which is a steal. Normally such tickets are over $1000. Living right in the middle of the United States, flight deals are few and far between.

Here are a few ways to travel with a budget:

1. Flight deals. You can find out about flight deals through Google Flights, email subscriptions from airlines, train and bus companies, and thepointsguy.com. You can also download the Skyscanner app, and follow Airfarewatchdog on social media.

2. Traveling light. I bought a backpack as opposed to a suitcase and this limited what I could bring, as well as what I could buy on my trip to take home with me.

3. Using Airbnb and hostels as opposed to hotels. I’ve used Airbnb eleven times and hostels three times. I used hostelworld.com to find hostels. It was nice to only have to pay a
deposit as opposed to the full amount. When choosing Airbnb apartments, I pick places with flexible refund policies. This is helpful in case you have a change of plans as in turn. All but one of the seven places I stayed in had a kitchen. I chose places with kitchens to save money and not eat out all the time.

4. SIM Card. When traveling internationally, buying a SIM card is more cost effective than purchasing an international phone plan if you don’t plan on relying on wifi.

5. Eventbrite and Timeout. I use eventbrite.com and timeout.com both in and outside of the United States to find free and low cost activities.

6. Public transportation and walking. While traveling, I rely on public transportation, Uber, Lyft, and walking. If I can walk to a place in under 30 min and it’s nice out, I choose walking which also allows me to explore the city.

These are just a few things I do to make travel cost effective!


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Gloria Kimbulu is a recent college graduate and avid traveler. Last year she went on solo trips to Puerto Rico and Spain, France, Italy and Portugal. For her next trip, she hopes to go to Cuba and Colombia. You can follow Gloria's blog here

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