Always find a place that’s cheaper than where you live to travel.
Let’s take Thailand for instance. The flight might be a bit pricey, but once you get there everything is so cheap and within everyones budget. From meals as low such as 2 euros, a private room in a hostel for 10 euros per night. For someone like me who doesn’t eat in restaurants, doesn’t drink or seek night life, i could easily go by with appx 15 euros per day or less apart from the room.
Avoid touristy places at all cost.
Everything will be more expensive and there’s going to be many tourist traps. There are so many more underground places you can visit and traditional things that you can do which are cheaper and also you get to blend in more with the locals and learn more about the culture.
Stay in hostels over hotels.
Stay in hostels not just to save money but also to meet other people from all over the world and also if you want to team up with another solo traveler for a period of time or maybe share rooms costs or splitting cab fares, which is also another great tip for cutting down on costs.
Shop at the local markets.
Shop local and avoid these big establishments and supermarkets. First of all you’ll always get fresh produce, and also everything will be way cheaper. You might encounter a bit of a language barrier but that’s where hand gestures come in hand. Nothing fancy .. just point out at the items and they’ll write down prices on a pice of paper, easier than you think.
Cook for yourself.
Hostels are usually equipped with kitchens for travellers to make use of. Buy your food and make use of it. They usually have tables for everyone to gather around and socialize while eating, which is another way of meeting new people.
Don’t overload your itinerary.
Let’s say you have 3 months, which is a nice time to have for a good backpacking trip. But don’t try to fit it as much as possible in that span of time. This was a mistake that i was about to make and thankfully i realized it before it occurred. While planning my trip to SEA i was trying to fit in 8 countries in 3 months, but when i broke it down to see how much time i would have had it all came down to like 3 days in every place that i had in mind to visit. I broke it down to 4 countries and decided to spend more time in each country and take it slow, blend it with the locals, learn more about the cultures and focus more on local activities. Rush has never got anyone nowhere. Every little town has so much to offer so try to absorb what you can while you’re there.
Don’t get a phone plan.
While the internet is good and can provide you with easy information in a second, not depending on it makes you more focused. Remember, when you’r backpacking, you’re travelling for a reason, and that’s to get out of your comfort zone. If you must keep contact with friends and relatives you can still do that without an internet connection, and here’s how CLICK HERE.