Many of us, if given the chance, would travel more. Unfortunately, due to time, fear, and most often money – most of us will not venture away from our homes to travel.
The scary part? Some of us can’t remember the last time we went on vacation. Or when we used our time off to take care of errands.
I’m about to give you 15 reasons why you no longer have an excuse as to why you can’t travel more. If you have the itch to travel, then, by all means, do it.
I love to travel and admit that I don’t do enough of it. In fact, I used to think that in order to go on vacation, you had to spend at least a grand or two to have fun.
Thankfully, I knew there was a better way and that people just like me were traveling a lot more than me.
Even with a small budget.
So, I decided to look to the people who make travel their business. Travelers who spend a good amount of time traveling throughout the world and who do it without going broke…
…and guess what? I was amazed to find out that there are A LOT of budget-friendly travel blogs out there. Informative budget travel blogs that put saving money in the forefront.
These bloggers come from all backgrounds and ethnicities, and though their stories are different; they all give some pretty good tips on how to travel on a budget.
And as much as I wish I could list all of the ones I came across, I decided not to and instead share 15 of the best budget travel blogs I found.
What to expect from this list…
I left out the blogs that spent most of the time roughing it (like living in a van or sleeping in tents). I’m all about saving a dollar, but I don’t want to sacrifice comfort.
I also left out the blogs that focus solely on
expensive luxury travel. Because let’s face it, I can’t afford it.
I included blogs that were written by people who genuinely enjoy traveling and have great tips to share with the rest of us homebound folks.
Can you really travel for cheap?
Short answer: yes.
Long answer: it depends on your travel goals. After reading these blogs, I’ve found inexpensive travel is possible and that many of bloggers don’t travel on yachts or take expensive excursions to exotic places.
They live off the premise that you can travel as much as you want to. You just have to know where to save and how to maximize your travel dollars.
Some of the bloggers I mention in this post are full-timers, which means they spend the majority of the year moving from place to place.
You may not want to do that. You might just want to go on a girl’s trip with your best friends, a romantic rendezvous with your husband, or to the beach with your family…
…all in the same year.
And it is possible to do so if you follow the tips these budget travel bloggers share.
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After scouring through these blogs, I have found some similarities among them in regards to budget travel:
- Travel involves you to think outside of the box. Yes, you can save money to go on a cruise, but you could save money going to less touristy areas.
- Moving slow saves you money. Most of us in the U.S. only have one or two weeks of vacation, and they’re usually during the peak times of the season. If you have the time to sit in one place for a longer time, you can save money.
- To travel on a budget, you will have to be creative. There are ways to save more money while you move around the world (or through your own country) as well as have part or all of your trip paid for.
If you’re looking for ways to travel more – on a budget – here are 15 of the best budget travel blogs to visit.
Wanderlust and Lipstick
Started by veteran solo traveler Beth Whitman, Wanderlust and Lipstick provide not only great budget travel tips but also tips on how to remain safe as a female solo traveler. You’ll find great guides and guided tours to popular destinations such as New Orleans, Ireland, and New Guinea.
I purchased the 1st edition of her book Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo awhile ago and was impressed with the practical tips she provided.
Check out her podcast interview with Chef Amy Cyrex Sins on her Be Bold Podcast.
A travel blog written by two friends, Cez and Agness (they’re Polish), eTramping talks about traveling the world solo and on a budget. You’ll enjoy they’re tips on how to support your full-time travel through freelancing (because travel ain’t free honey).
My favorite part of their blog is being able to click on locations on a map to learn more about them (Machu Picchu anyone?). eTramping encourages independent travel with tips to stay safe and have fun.
Check out their post 10 Dream Trips that Every Traveler Should Experience.
Rachel makes traveling on a budget seem glamorous and will have you reaching for your passport as we speak. Rachel Travels is a blog that shows how you can travel the world without busting your budget and possibly have some (or all) of your expenses paid through sponsorship opportunities.
She gave up her corporate job to travel, but you won’t have to in order to benefit from her tips.
Sign up for her free budget travel course and read How to do Cuba on $50/Day + An Ultimate Guide!
Living off the premise that you don’t have to be rich to travel, Matt, better known as Nomadic Matt, blogs about traveling longer and cheaper.
As a New York Times Best Selling author, Matt has written books and guides packed with tips on how to travel the world on the cheap and how to pay for them.
On the blog, you won’t find sponsored posts, but you will find actionable (and extensive) tips. In addition, he interviews other travel experts to help you plan for a budget-friendly and unique trip.
The Budget-Minded Traveler
Jackie is the voice behind the Budget-Minded Traveler, where she encourages people to get out there and to experience the world. Through her own nomadic lifestyle, she spends most of her time traveling and slowing down long enough to experience each new culture.
Learn more about her adventures and budget-friendly tips on her blog and podcast. Jackie also offers trips in addition to her course, so if you’re really for a guided adventure – check her out here.
Also, check out the 21 Budget Travel Trips that Will Save You Money On the Road.
Big World Small Pockets
If you’re into really roughing it or trekking through countries with your backpack, Big World Small Pockets might be the ticket for you.
Even if you’re like me and not into adventurous travel, you’ll find plenty of money saving tips on this blog, especially when it comes to converting currency in different countries and traveling in an RV.
Written by Steph, a nomadic soul who believes in traveling on a budget and that “money doesn’t always have to be an obstacle to living the life you love”. Check out her fascinating post on her overland safari trip in Africa
Budget Travel with Family
Who said you had to be single to travel? Here are a few blogs that show how easy and fun it can be to travel with a family in tow.
Behind the yTravel Blog is Caz and Craig Makepeace; travel junkies from Austrailia who believe that you shouldn’t have to sit still when you have children. This very comprehensive travel blog may be just what you need before exploring the world yourself.
I became aware of this blog through their travel course I purchased through an Ultimate Bundles purchase. They make travel look fun, even when they talk about the difficulties of getting home from a cruise during the most recent hurricanes. If you’re not on their email list, you need to be.
Check out their 15 Tips to Planning a Trip – Step by Step Guide
Going off the
fact premise that the mom is the one usually in charge of the planning when the family travels, Traveling Mom provides tips and tricks on how to do so mindfully and frugally.
If you’re looking for a way to do Disney on the cheap (but still have fun) and how not to lose your mind while road tripping with the kids, definitely bookmark this blog for reference.
Having fun doesn’t have to cost a thing either. Take a peek at Traveling Mom’s post on Free Fun Things to Do in the 50 States (there’s a worldwide version, too).
Map Happy is a great general travel blog, that covers how to travel on a budget. If you’re looking for tips on how to maximize your travel dollars or save on usually expensive costs, this blog has your name written all over.
These great posts cover domestic and international travel and showcase Instagram worthy staycations. Learn some tricks that no one usually talks about (aloud anyways), such as how to pass off your driver’s license as a student id or cheaply delivering your packages on Greyhound.
Love and Road
Traveling is always fun when there’s two of you…
….and when you can experience the world with your spouse, it’s that much better. Rob and Nat, the creators of Love and Road, are two lovebirds who travel the world together full-time.
My favorite part (besides their awesome photos), is the budget reports they share with us on their blog. When they break down their expenses for the year, you can truly see how inexpensive travel can be with the right preparation.
Check out their tips and budget for two years of travel.
Budget Travel for Everyone
You’ll find general budget travel tips on these blogs that are helpful no matter who you’re traveling with or where you’re going.
Oneika the Traveller
If you’re at the age where you want to travel, but don’t want to backpack it everywhere, check out Oneika the Traveller.
Oneika travels regularly for work and pleasure and shows us that it is possible it is to travel to Paris without busting your wallet. She also encourages women of color to travel abroad and gives tips on how to make money while traveling (check out her post on how she made over $100k a year teaching overseas).
Shereen Travels Cheap
On Shereen Travels Cheap, you’ll find tips on how to save money on travel, without having to backpack or struggle to eat.
You can save money while traveling without sacrificing comfort with real tips from Shereen. You may find her post such as Exploring San Diego on Every Budget.
Follow these great etiquette tips when traveling throughout the world, which includes an informative infographic that will prevent you from offending people from other cultures.
One of my favorites on this list, Trip Savvy is a blog written by multiple travel experts offering plenty of money-saving strategies while traveling. This is great because it gives you well-rounded content from people who vet the places they mention in their posts.
Trip Savvy’s tips on How to Plan an Awesome Family Vacation on a Budget proves to us that Disney is not the only great place to take the kids (even though they have plenty of advice on visiting Mickey).
Try luxury travel to Panama – on a budget – which shows that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to travel to some really nice places.
Who says that cheap has to mean no frills and boring? Stingy Traveller has many tips on how to travel cheaply without sacrificing fun and adventure. No one else makes being a tightwad something to aspire to.
It took me a minute to figure out why this blog was called Globetrotter Girls when there seemed to be only one girl behind it – Dani. However, after reading her story of how it didn’t start that way cleared things up for me (and shows the effect long-term travel can have on a relationship).
Another traveler who gave up the 9 to 5 grind to travel the world, Dani has a lot of tips on how to travel on a shoestring budget. In addition to budget travel, The Globetrotter Girls discusses travel for foodies, LGBT travelers, and ways to make money while traveling.
A great all-around travel resource, you would be remiss not to have this blog on your list. While you’re at it, check out Free Things to Do in Sydney.
Your next steps:
If you want to travel more, but didn’t think you could afford to do so, take the tips these bloggers mentioned and build your favorite vacation. You’ll soon find out that traveling is not only personal but affordable.
Know of any other budget travel blogs that are super duper helpful? Please share!