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21 resources for budget travel

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I love to travel. Really love it. This year my plans include the Oktoberfest in Munich (confusingly, it’s in September) and later in the autumn I’m heading out to Egypt for a week, where I’ll spend part of the time floating along the Nile in a felucca.

Anyway, I thought maybe you’re planning your holidays and vacations right now and you might like this collection of budget travel resources.

before you go

27 personal finance tips for overseas travel - because you won’t be in Kansas any more. Great list of things to think about before you go, it’s stuff that should be obvious to an experienced overseas traveller, but that a first-timer may not have thought of.

10 money saving tips for travel - more basic tips, but this time from someone after they returned from their first adventure. It’s things they did well, and things that they didn’t

pack light - the less that you take, the easier it will be to stay on a budget. Honestly, it’s true. Everyone who travels wishes they’d taken less stuff


the joys of hostelling - it’s not all about bunkbeds, curfews, and young people any more. Hostelling is my accommodation of choice when I’m travelling on my own, I prefer to spend my money on food and other experiences

learn Esperanto and get free places to stay - ok, so it’s a little off the beaten track as an idea, but if you have more time than money, why not give it a go

you’ve got to love couchsurfing - surf couches around the world, free accommodation at its most basic

getting there and around

7 reasons to take the bus - I’ve travelled on the bus (or coach, as we Brits prefer to call long distance services) in the United States, Canada, Australia, and in Europe. Most of those were overnight trips to save on the cost of accommodation. Do you know what, it’s pretty good fun.

take the train, not the plane - possibly the most civilised form of transport available. I love taking the train when I’m on holiday. My current favourite trip was from Budapest to Vienna, so cheap and so easy. One of these days I want to travel on the Trans-Siberian express from Moscow to Beijing.

13 ways to save money on airline travel - some destinations are only reachable by plane, so you may as well save some money on your flights if you have to take them

getting cheap flights - this is a UK based information, but a lot of it will be relevant to everyone. And, if you are planning a trip to Europe, definitely check out the information on budget airlines, proof positive that someone loves Europeans

plan a cheap road trip - just because you’re in a car, doesn’t mean that there aren’t great ways to save money.

12 keys to a good deal on a rental car - you’re not always going to want to take your own car with you, and there are lots of destinations that work best with a rental car

on the road

5 steps to staying in touch on the road - because you’re going to want to phone home. And even if you don’t, you might find that you’ve forgotten to tell your bank that you’re abroad and they’ve stopped your card. Not that I’ve ever done anything like that of course ;) .

5 tips for saving money at the airport - ugh, I’m not a fan of airports, and always seem to spend more there than I intended. Maybe I should check out these tips next time.

7 tips for managing your cash when travelling - because you’re going to be spending some money whilst you’re abroad. But, you may as well do it sensibly

10 tips for cutting RV travel expenses - RV stands for recreation vehicle, right? Glorified caravans with every home comfort, they aren’t intrinsically budget choices, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make them so

8 ideas for saving money on food - eating is an important and necessary part of life. It’s even more important when travelling, all that hiking round museums/national parks/the beach works up an appetite. It can be expensive though, so you might want to make some clever choices

how much should you tip on a cruise? - you do know that you have to right? It’s as well to do it properly, without either coming across as a miser, or being more generous than you need to be

other trips

10 frugal tips for visiting family - because not all travel is to exciting new destinations. Unless you’re one of the lucky people whose extended family live in Hawaii or something

stay at home vacation - not everyone likes, or can afford to, travel to exotic destinations. That’s no reason to take a break though. Why not have a stay at home vacation?

money saving tips at Disney - if you’re a fan of the mouse, or you have children who are you should probably know that without planning, it’s expensive. So here are some ideas to help you.

More ideas? Let me know in the comments.

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35 comments for “21 resources for budget travel”

  1. Ahh… the elusive Trans-Siberian express. It’s been a dream of mine for a while now, and unfortunately I’m struggling to find the time to do it.

    Regardless, my favourite tip on using this most romantic of transport methods? The Man in Seat Sixty-One (http://www.seat61.com/) - a great site with all the information you need to travel (pretty much) anywhere in the world from the good old UK.

    Great post.

    Posted by Lloyd | April 23, 2008, 12:52 pm
  2. Thanks so much for the mention Plonkee!

    Posted by David@The Good Human | April 23, 2008, 1:06 pm
  3. Hope you make it to Egypt and have a great time there.

    Been there but not as adventurous as you. Have not tried a felucca yet.


    Posted by fathersez | April 23, 2008, 1:14 pm
  4. Great tips! I love to travel, and I’ve used a few of these tips on many occasions! Have fun in Oktoberfest (yes I’m jealous!) ;)

    Thanks for the mention. :)

    Posted by Patrick | April 23, 2008, 1:56 pm
  5. The Trans-Siberian is on my to-do list as well, I think I might go with my dad sometime. This year is looking pretty poor for vacation but I’m hoping to fit in Montreal in the autumn.
    Have fun in Egypt, my friend went with her belly dancing class last year and loved it.

    Posted by Looby | April 23, 2008, 3:00 pm
  6. The yesterday’s Festival of Frugality #122 (hosted at my blog) had several posts on frugal travel. I’ve included the links below.

    How to find Southwest Air bargains
    Don’t forget that some of the best souveniers are inexpensive or free
    Two people can visit Barcelona on 10 Euro a day
    How to stay safe while traveling abroad

    Posted by Aaron Stroud | April 23, 2008, 3:41 pm
  7. Just to say that the suggestion to use Esperanto for inexpensive travel really works! I know - I’ve used this planned language a lot on my travels.

    Posted by Bill Chapman | April 23, 2008, 9:28 pm
  8. Some tips for saving money while buying plane tickets:
    -Buy on Tuesdays, thursday and Wednesdays.
    -Use multiple resources to find trips not just one like expedia.
    -Buy roundtrip.
    -Don’t dismiss first class travel, sometimes it can be cheaper, really.
    -Buy tickets in advance to your travels and not within a week before your travels.

    Posted by Save Money | April 23, 2008, 10:35 pm
  9. Great resource for budget travelling Plonkee - I just wish I had more money available to do some travelling myself! Hoping to get to a European city later this year though.

    Posted by Rob Lewis | April 24, 2008, 2:51 pm
  10. Wouldn’t the Trans-Siberian local be more fun than the express? :) I will be undertaking it at some point in mid-2010, though starting either from Vladivostok or Beijing (via Trans-Manchurian), or maybe even taking the ferry from S Korea.

    Interestingly, I’ve never had a problem with using my cards overseas (without notifying my bank, even). The only time I had an issue was booking local flights on foreign carriers on the internet (from the comfort of my own home).

    Posted by deepali | April 24, 2008, 4:01 pm
  11. Plonkee this is absolutely wonderful thank you for this!!

    Posted by Frugal Trenches | April 24, 2008, 8:51 pm
  12. @deepali:
    If I ever get the time for the Trans-Sib local, then that would of course be more fun, if also more challenging.

    I’m a bit concerned that it’s just me that has a problem with using cards overseas. It’s happened to me at least twice - and the first time, it was every single card that I took with me. Banks probably don’t like me very much.

    Posted by plonkee | April 24, 2008, 9:20 pm
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    Posted by Joseph Ryan | April 30, 2008, 1:43 am
  14. For SERIOUS budget travel check out driveaways!

    Posted by Dave | May 12, 2008, 1:31 am
  15. What a fantastic and well informed article. I’ll definately be bearing all of this in mind when I book my next holiday!

    Posted by Holly | July 28, 2008, 9:46 pm
  16. Hey! Great list of tips! I am a big fan of taking the train if I can. So much cheaper, a lot more beautiful, albeit it takes longer, but I think it’s worth it. I’m an official ambassador for Hampton Inn and I thought I’d share this info with you and maybe you’d like to share it with your readers!

    Hampton Inn is offering 10% off the best available rate until September 1st of this year. We’ll also be giving away a bunch of other cool stuff like bikes, vacations all leading up to Team USA competing at the Olympic games!

    You can check it all out at:

    Hope to hear from you soon, I hope I didn’t overstep any bounds by directly posting in here.

    Talk to you later,
    Rob Williams
    Official Hampton Inn Ambassador

    Posted by Rob Williams | August 5, 2008, 12:53 am
  17. Thanks for sharing Great Job !

    Posted by John Cruise | September 9, 2008, 2:28 pm
  18. I like your lists of tips travel budgeting. still i am thinking if i go travel this oktoberfest

    Posted by captivating Capiz | October 2, 2008, 12:47 am

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