Traveling solo can be very exciting and lots of fun. There's a lot of perks to traveling alone, but sometimes money is your biggest issue. Don't worry though, we've got you covered. Here are our best 10 tips for traveling solo on a budget. Traveling the world, and saving money at the same time, is a win-win situation!
1. Travel during the "off season" if possible
Summer is usually the most expensive month for traveling, so if you have the opportunity to travel any other season, take advantage of it! Flights and other forms of transportation are usually much cheaper, and the weather is usually nice. To read more about these tips, check out The Blonde Abroad for more info!
2. Explore Big Cities
According to Oneika the Traveller, the best places to travel for newbies or solo travelers is a big city like Paris or Hong Kong. In beautiful cities with so much to do, these spots are perfect for solo travelers looking for things to do and people to meet. Click the link above to learn more about different cities to travel to as a new or single-passenger traveler.
3. Earn a Southwest Companion Pass
With the Southwest Companion Pass, you can travel for free for 2 years. All you need to do is earn credit card points with a Southwest credit card. For more info on this awesome deal, check out the blog, Traveling Well for Less.
4. Eat Out Less
When traveling or enjoying ourselves on vacation, we often tend to splurge, especially on food. One of the best ways to save money is to do some grocery shopping and cook yourself a few meals. I find it easiest to do this for breakfast or snacking because you will save so much more money and time in the morning and throughout the day if you get hungry. Just One Way Ticket has more tips like this one, which you should check out to know more about splurging less and saving more.
5. Stay in an Airbnb Instead of a Hotel
Airbnb's are a great way to save your money and still be very comfortable where you're staying. Airbnb has some fantastic rates in exotic places. The World of Wanderlust blog shared their amazing Airbnb experience in Tasmania. Click here to read more about it!
6. Save Money During the Months Before Your Trip
In every travel blog I have read they talk about saving money in the months to come before your trip. Make a budget/finance list and write down everything you are spending money on. This will help you realize how much money you are spending weekly on unnecessary goods or services. For more details, read out it on Be My Travel Muse blog.
7. Pack Lightly!
Although this one may be tough, this is a huge life-saver when traveling alone. I know from personal experience how hard it can be to let go of "over-packing" tendencies, but you will be thankful in the end. Pack accessories that you can pair and wear with multiple outfits, and leave those one pair of shoes that you are taking for that one fancy night outfit. It'll be worth it! Watch this Youtube video for more tips on how to pack lightly.
8. Have a Separate Account for Travel Expenses ONLY!
This is a really cool idea that I read from Helene in Between. She talks about having different bank accounts to help her feel less tempted to spend money. Setting aside your finances for traveling is an excellent way to monitor your spending and ensure that you will travel on a budget while still being able to enjoy yourself.
9. Have a Garage Sale!
Selling unnecessary things you have is an excellent tip to prepare to travel on your own and do so on a budget. You's be surprised at how much money you can make from a garage sale, and all of it can go towards your traveling experience! Check out the Ultimate Guide to Have a Successful Garage Sale.
10. Do Your Research
If there's one thing every traveler should know, it's to do your research! Make sure you're aware of your surroundings and all the info that your trip requires. Have fun, live a little, but be prepared! Traveling alone can be super fun, but it's best when you are confident in where you are going and what you are doing. Need help with researching your destination? Click here for more tips!
Written by: Sophie Collongette