Traveling on a Budget

Travel doesn’t need to all be about high-rolling and big-spending. You can travel almost anywhere on a tight budget and have fun doing it too! Here’s a few ways I’ve found to save money on the road…

Gas Station Hot Water

It’s not as bad as it sounds… at 99% of the gas stations I’ve come across there’s been a hot water spout on the coffee machine. Simply bring a thermos and fill it to your heart’s content! Here’s a few things you can do with that…

  1. Steep tea

  2. Brew coffee

  3. Make oatmeal

  4. Heat instant noodles

  5. Add to bouillon for a hot meal

You just have to great creative with it!

Bring Your Car

This one is pretty case-by-case, but if you’re not driving to far and you have a lot of people, drive instead of flying! As long as you pay attention to how much you’re spending in gas, it can be a really economical way to travel (especially when the alternative is renting a car or taking a ride-sharing service everywhere).

Be Flexible

If you want to fly instead of driving, be open to different dates for flights! The cost per ticket can vary hundreds depending on demand, so keeping an eye on that is crucial. Also, as most know, booking more in advance is usually always cheaper than booking the night before.

GasBuddy

If you choose to take the car-route, I’d recommend using an app like GasBuddy to find the best prices in your region! The cost per gallon can vary as much as $0.50 even over the course of a few miles, so it’s totally worth checking before you pull up to the pump.

Camp

If you have a multi-day road trip, don’t be afraid to camp instead of paying for an Airbnb or hotel! It is a great way to learn about the region and makes for some amazing memories, especially with friends!

CouchSurf

This app allows you to connect with locals who would be willing to put you up for free! It’s a great way for them to meet new people and a great way for you to make new friends and have a place to sleep.

Pack Food

This one seems obvious, but many people tend to glaze right over it. Packing your own food to have on the road and to cook when you get to your destination can save a ton of time (and stress) especially when you pre-plan your meals! And you you choose to eat out a few times (which I highly recommend) try to go to local restraints that you won’t be able to try anywhere else.

Free Things

Once you arrive somewhere, you don’t need to go blowing through money like hell. Instead, try doing some free things like going to parks, museums, going hiking, checking out markets, etc!


Travel can actually be cheap! As long as you’re smart about how you spend your money, travel to almost anywhere on a budget is possible. Feel free to shoot me a comment below if you have any questions or other money-saving tips.