Surviving on a Small Budget While Abroad

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1. Start with the flight. The most difficult way to save money is to start with the flight.

a. Book in advance. The earlier you book a flight the cheaper it is, so sit down sooner, rather than later, and work out your flight plan.

b. Be flexible. Be flexible with your dates as well as with your timing. Apps like Skyscanner and Kayak can give you prices with flexible dates. Flying on certain days (like Tuesdays) tends to be cheaper. Flying on red eye flights or really early in the morning may be inconvenient, but can save you some money, so be sure to do thorough searches before booking your flights.

c. Avoid holiday periods. While it is tempting to take a trip for the holidays, it is one of the most expensive times to travel, so try to avoid mid term and Christmas trips.

d. Use reward programs. Check about frequent flyer programs and reward programs. Some give you points just for signing up which can really help booking your next trip. You can always cancel later.

e. Check for discounts. Many airlines will give you discounts for being a student or part of ISIC or STA Travel. Make sure to double check if your student status gives you any perks.

f. Try Social Media. More and more travel sites and airlines are offering discounts over social media so if you can like your neighbour’s dog walker’s cousin’s photo, then you can like and follow your favorite travel sites.

2. Accommodation. Accommodation is another way to drain the bank quickly so try alternatives to hotels.

a. Hostels and Guesthouses. Hostels and guesthouses are much cheaper than hotels and also a great way to meet fellow travellers to explore with. There are tons of sites like Hostelworld and Bookings.com offer a thorough list of hostels available. Be sure to do some research on the reviews as they are good indication on the state of cleanliness and comfort. Most offer free Wifi and some even have free breakfast so save you a few extra bucks.

b. Airbnb. Airbnb is a great way to stay for a bit longer and save some money. There are places in Brighton that offer accommodation at half the price of hotels with a full kitchen available to cook instead of eating out.

c. Couchsurfing or Housesitting. Another great way to save money on your travels is to couchsurf. Some hosts offer private rooms and use of their kitchens. Housesitting is another way to have free accommodation for a night or two. You may need to feed and walk a pet while you do it, but who doesn’t love cuddles from a friendly dog?