In my last post, I talked about how to find budget accommodation, cheap transport and the importance of using your network. This time I’ll focus on cheap things to do, when you get to your destination and how to eat delicious, local food without breaking the bank.
1Eat where the locals eat
If a restaurant has a display out front with menus in 5 different languages, chances are that their target audience are tourists and the food will more often than not, be more expensive and of worse quality than restaurants that have locals as their audience.
Don’t eat near big tourist attractions, but walk a bit further away in order to find cheaper, better food. If there’s a line of locals out front, chances are that the place is good – remember to check if it’s affordable too, before you line up though! Consult Tripadvisor, Yelp and blogs for inspiration.
2Seek out the free attractions
In London, most museums are free for everyone and in Paris, permanent exhibitions are usually free for Europeans under the age of 26. It’s free to look at monuments from the outside, so enjoy the view without spending a penny, and save your money for the attractions that you really want to explore.
Remember to check out the free magazines that can often be found in a city’s train stations or underground system, such as Time Out London or A Nous Paris. There’s usually a lot of inspiration to be found on where the free concerts, exhibtions and great markets are.
3Walk, walk, walk
One of the best ways to stick to your budget is to walk everywhere you can. Most cities are great to explore by foot. It’s good exercise, you have a better look at things than you do from a bus or a taxi and on top of that, it’s free! I love exploring a new place by foot and whenever I have the time I always opt for walking around Paris. Another cheap solution is renting a bike or if you don’t have the time to walk around, get a travel card or a day pass.
4Ask the locals
Whether a tourist asks me for directions or where to find the nearest café, I’m always up for helping them out and I never hesitate to ask locals for advice when I travel. Locals and expats know all the good places to eat, drink and party, so don’t be afraid to ask. If you’re couchsurfing or staying in an Airbnb, chances are your host has a lot of tips, but you can always chat up someone who looks local if you need help or advice.
I hope you’ll find these tips useful. What are your best travel budget tips?