Taking my first trip ON A BUDGET!

Worrying about a budget for a trip is always a setback, for as long as I remember all I wanted to do was travel around but budget was a problem! In 2013, I took my first trip along with my best friend. We chose Amsterdam where my brother was living at that time and spent 12 amazing days!

 

Here are a few tips I’ve learned that can help you get started on your plans:

#1: Travel to a country where you know someone.
This is a 2 in 1 kind of tip! Having someone there means you don’t need to worry about accommodation, and it means you get the city’s tricks on saving from a local.

#2: Do your research on high and low seasons of that city
Now I know for some beach destinations you need to be there in the high season but if you do enough research you can enjoy the best of the city for cheaper prices. This depends a lot on the destination & type of traveler you are, but research is always the key!

#3: Enjoy the city like a local.
Touristic sites in every city are usually the most expensive, they are a must see of course but for food & drinks I recommend you dive into the city and just walk in to the places that appeal to you. You never know but that small shop in the corner of London’s Camden Market may offer the best burger you ever had!

#4: Buy tickets for shows or museums online before you go.
If you have a show you would like to see try to get your tickets online ahead of time, you will surely find cheaper tickets. Most museums around the world have a free entrance but it’s always better to check ahead for specific events or shows. If you are a theatre or musicals person you have several options to buy tickets online. I bought my tickets to Mamma Mia in London on Seat Plan, they offer many options for tickets and theatres as well. Again, do your research!

#5: Learn about the city’s transportation system.
Make sure you know the best transportation option in the city you are visiting. All European cities have trams, buses or metros and you can easily get rechargeable cards to use, like the oyster card in London that allows you to use the bus and metro systems. I also recommend you download apps that can help you move around the city, citymapper has been one of my favorite options so far.

Here are a few of my thoughts, let me know if I was helpful!

Sarah