5 Budget Travel Hacks

Hey there beautiful people!

This post is from @Marissahawaii. She’s an ambassador for Modern Merfolk and has been traveling/living in Hawaii (amazing, right?) while most of us are stuck inside a cubicle typing away our dreams. Whenever we do finally get a chance to get out there, we often spend ridiculous amounts of money! Here are a few of her favorite tips on lowering that travel budget.

Be sure to follow @marissahawaii and @modernmerfolk on IG to see photos from her travels to gorgeous destinations!

 @marissahawaii

@marissahawaii

How I Travel On A Budget

Contrary to popular belief, traveling the world is not something that is only attainable if you win the lottery.  There’s a really expensive way to do it, and there’s a way to do it very affordably.  I’m 21 years old, and I’ve never had more than $3,000 in my bank account at any given time, yet I’ve traveled to a number of different countries for months on end without going into debt. Throughout my journey, I’ve been able to narrow down the best ways to make traveling affordable for all! 

 @marissahawaii

@marissahawaii

My Top Tips

  1. Live like a local, not a tourist! There are free activities everywhere you go.  While guided tours, booze cruises, and horseback riding are fun, they often cost a fortune and don’t allow you to explore the country on your own. Immerse yourself in the culture. Take the backroad. Talk to the people that live there. You’re guaranteed to learn so much more about the country this way. Discovering a secluded beach > Going to an overcrowded theme park any day! 

  2. Stay in hostels, Air BnBs, and homestays rather than hotels. The most I’ve ever paid for an accommodation was $25 per night, and the least I’ve ever paid is $4. Hostelworld.com is a great site to find extremely affordable places to stay. You’ll meet fellow backpackers from all around the world, so this is an especially great option if you’re traveling solo! Trust me, I’ve slept in some weird places, such as a uHaul, a bunk bed on a cargo ship, and the lobby of a homestay, but they were cheap and definitely memorable! :) 

  3. Eat local food rather than at fancy restaurants! Say you’re in Indonesia- The locals will try their best to make hamburgers, spaghetti, and French fries because they know it’s what the tourists like, but these foods are unfamiliar to them. Not only will the price be jacked way up, but it’s almost never quite as great as what you could get back home. Instead you could order some of the most delicious Indonesian food you’ll ever have in your life for 1/4 of the price. Be adventurous and try new things!

  4. Don’t waste your money on alcohol! I’m not saying that you should never go out for a drink, but often times a couple drinks costs more than your dinner, so if you’re drinking every night your bill will add up fast! The less money you spend on alcohol, the longer you’ll be able to travel without running out of cash!

  5. Research the most affordable form of transportation based on your location, I.E a bus or train pass if you’re in Europe, or a moped rental if you’re in Asia. Renting a car or calling for a taxi every day will add up super fast, and there’s a lot cooler things to spend your money on than getting from point A to point B! 

 @marissahawaii

@marissahawaii

 @marissahawaii

@marissahawaii

You don’t need a million dollars to travel the world! In fact, you don’t need much money at all.

I hope that you find these travel hacks helpful!

Happy journey!




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