How to travel on a shoestring

So you’ve heard whispers about those folk who travel on less than a pound a day. But how do they actually do it? And do they even eat?

ACE-FX are here to help you find out.

We’ve trawled the web to find the most prolific tips and genius innovations out there for travelling on a budget.

The best revelation? You really can have just as much fun travelling on a budget.

The ACE-FX 5 top tips for travelling on a shoestring

  1. Eat like a local

Save money, explore new taste avenues and gain a deeper understanding of culture. Eating like a local is not all sore tummies and nights spent clutching the toilet bowl. In fact, it can be one of the most rewarding travel experiences.

There are a number of different ways to do this. Swap supermarkets for local markets. Eat street food rather than eating at a restaurant. Cook at your hostel rather than going out.

And if we’re talking street food, do not fear! We’ve got everything you need to know to enjoy and survive street eating, right here.

  1. Stock up on free activities

You don’t always need to buy a tour or visit a museum to see the wonders of a place. Sometimes, wandering the streets of a city is the best tourism you can do.

Wherever you are, there are sights to see and places to go without a price tag. Find them.

  1. Be smart with your money

A surprising amount of our money simply gets wasted when we’re abroad. Forgetting to exchange currency and then being forced to do it at the airport at extortionate rates. Not bringing a travel card and having to use a UK one for transactions. Being forced to withdraw money from machines with hefty ATM fees.

Again, we’ve figured this out for you. Check out our article on different forms of travel money to find out which method to bring and why.

  1. Be transport-wise

News flash! You don’t have to get in the first taxi you find or buy the first flight. In fact, it’s much wiser not to.

When it comes to flights, shopping around, finding deals and being flexible on dates and locations can shave a substantial amount off how much you’re paying.

When you’re there, be smart with your travel methods. Walk! Get local transport - a bus, a train, rather than a taxi. If you do get a taxi, either haggle or compare prices before accepting a ride. A chief money-eater is naive tourists stumbling out of the airport bleary-eyed and accepting the first fare offered. Don’t be that tourist!

  1. Sleep for free

You may not get a 5* hotel room and included towels, but there are countless options for sleeping on a shoestring.

One of the best ways to stay in another country for free is couchsurfing. Not only is the accomodation often better than expected, but it’s a chance to make some friends and get to know the area from a locals perspective.

Other ways to do this is to swap skills for board. There are a number of different methods: homestays, volunteering at hostels or woofing on farms.

If you’re just looking for somewhere to rest your roots and not a social interaction, lose the hotels and check out cheap hostels. You may sacrifice location and luxury, but you’ll save a fair amount of pennies.

Published date: 11/09/2018