How To Save Money When You Travel

Tom Stevenson
5 min readMay 19, 2019


There is no getting away from it, travelling is an expensive business. From flights and trains to eating and drinking out, the costs of travelling add up over time.

If you’re not careful with setting a budget, you can easily end up spending more than you bargained for! This could have the potential consequences of ending your trip sooner than you anticipated if you’re not careful.

Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can reduce costs if you’re smart. It only takes a few tweaks and you’ll have more money in your pocket, which you can spend on tours or other activities.

There is a difference between travelling frugally and saving money on your trip. I’m not advocating you try and save in every possible area, that would be ridiculous.

If there is a tour that you really want to go on or an attraction that you want to see, you should pay for it. That is spending money with a purpose and on something that you value.

Instead, you can cut back on costs that do not add any value to your trip and eat into your budget. If you do it right, you can end up spending less on your trip and enjoying yourself all the same!

Cook Your Own Food

This is the best way to save money as far as I’m concerned. Eating out is an expensive business. This does depend on where you go, but generally speaking, if you’re eating out in most cities it’s going to cost a lot.

If you’re planning on staying in hotels, cooking your own food is going to be an issue. That’s why I would recommend staying at a hostel, AirBnB, or rent an apartment.

There are more and more boutique hostels around the globe, and they have excellent facilities as well as allowing you to cook your own food! Whereas, staying in an apartment allows you to cook your own food and stay in relative luxury.

Buying ingredients at a supermarket that will last for a few days will normally cost you the same amount of money as one meal in a decent restaurant. When framed like this, it’s a no-brainer to try and cook as much of your food as you can.

By all means, eat out every now and again. It would be a waste to visit a new place without trying the local cuisine. However, you…



Tom Stevenson