Traveling to new countries might seem like an expensive venture, but it doesn’t have to be!

Today, we’ll provide you some essential tips to watch your money and will demonstrate that you don’t need to win the lottery to travel around the world.

Are you ready?

Book Flights in Advance

Most companies release their flight seats up to a year in advance, and the prices grow the closer you get to a departure date; This means that, if you’re planning to book a flight for December, tickets will be much cheaper in January than in November.

While booking in advance can save you money, it can also save you a lot of grief, as you’ll be able to plan your trip accordingly, which itself can lead to more significant savings.

Earn Points from Work Travel:

If your work requires you to travel, using your personal credit card might be the way to go, as those expenses can be reimbursable and will generate points and rewards that you can then use for your travels.

We’re not talking only about airplane tickets, but also lodging and even grocery bills. Pay with your card and then get your job to reimburse you.

The kicker? Do a little research first! You don’t want to start spending only to find out you can’t be reimbursed.

Make Public Transportation Your Best Friend

While traveling in a taxi and Uber can be more comfortable, particularly if you’re in a new city or country, using public transportation will save you a lot of money.

Trains and buses are your friends, so make sure to research your public transportation options before heading out to your destination. That way, you’ll be able to travel like a pro.

Stay in Hostels

This one’s pretty obvious, but it’s worth repeating. Hostels are far cheaper than hotels, resorts, and even rental homes.

Sure, hostels have a certain reputation of being only for students or backpackers, but you’ll find hostels with different goals: party hostels, relaxing hostels, rural hostels, etc.

Yes, there will be common areas where you’ll have to interact with new people, but that’s the whole point of traveling.

What’s more, most people in hostels are looking for ways to save money as well, so you can use the common area as a great place to find new deals.

Don’t Eat Away Your Money.

It’s surprising just how much money we can spend on food, particularly when we’re enjoying ourselves!

While it’s true that exploring the local cuisine is one of the best parts of visiting a new country, there’s no reason why you should do it only in expensive restaurants and overpriced cafés.

Locals know how to eat cheap and deliciously, so ask around for restaurants and stalls where you can eat on a budget!

What’s more, try to avoid international chains. While KFC or McDonalds can be cheap back home, there’s a good chance it’ll be more expensive overseas, and the menu can be quite different, so you won’t even be eating a familiar meal.

Traveling isn’t only for the rch, don’t let an entry-level salary or a high student loan balance stop you from exploring the world.

With the right attitude, information, and strategy, anyone can see the world, even on the smallest of budgets.