You can travel for much less than you think you need.

You spend hours crawling through Instagram and Facebook marveling at people’s travel videos and pictures wondering how they are able to do it. Money, or lack thereof, is the one thing holding you back from hitting the road. But the thing is, you don’t have to be wealthy to travel. There are plenty of ways to travel while being tight on funds. All you need is to employ some creativity.

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  1. Accommodation

Think of Airbnb as a gift. Avoid the expensive and lavish hotels and instead go for more wallet-friendly accommodation stays. These include hostels and Airbnbs. Especially if you plan on exploring your destination all day, there is no need to pay for an expensive hotel or resort room that you won’t make full use of.

  1. Travel slow.
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The slower you go, the cheaper it becomes. Using a bus or train is obviously cheaper than going by air. The thing with going slow is that you get to appreciate the journey and experience the different stops.

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  1. Book in advance.

You don’t want to book your accommodation or transport just days before you hit the road. Prices go up the closer you get to your trip. If you’re planning to take your trip during a holiday season (such as Christmas or Easter), you may want to book months in advance. Prices get really steep during these times because of the surge in interested tourists and visitors.

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  1. Use a VPN
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This is such a good hack that people know nothing about.  A VPN (virtual private network) is a router that you can download on your computer or cellphone that provides anonymity and security. It works by redirecting your device’s internet connection through your chosen VPN’s private server rather than your internet service provider. Using a VPN can make you look like you’re making a booking from another place, fetching you better deals.

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  1. Provide your own food

Instead of dining out every day you’re on your trip, bring along your own groceries or ready-made food. Alternatively, go for the street food in the area. Street food has many times proven to be tastier and fresher.

  1. Opt for free entertainment sites

When in a completely new place, find out what sites, such as museums and parks, do not require entry fees and go for those.

All in all lots of research before setting out to make money-conscious decisions.

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