Taking advantage of the breakfast buffet, lying about your age, and sleeping in the airport are all level-headed methods of saving money while traveling. When a user in a popular thread asked, “What extreme measures have you taken to travel on the cheap?” the internet recounts their responses.
Overnight Train with Rats
Trains provide a quick, alternative option to flight travel. I’ve taken a train throughout France and England and from Miami to Orlando to save money and time. One digital nomad acknowledges their overnight train trip in Vietnam: “It was lovely except for the rats.
A complex asset of traveling is finding a place to sleep. Hotels can cost thousands, hostels may be unsafe, and sleeping in cars could have legal ramifications. But, if you travel, you get creative.
“I rode a bicycle. I slept under bridges, in cemeteries, in parks, houses under construction, in fields and wooded areas,” one gallivanter remembers.
Carried a Tent
“Carry a tent, sleeping bag, pad, stove, cooking pot, and camp out. Not recommended if you’re only exploring cities. I spent six weeks in France and northern Italy last summer and camped out half the nights as well as cooking meals myself.
Better with a friend or spouse. We walked/hiked over 300km, and we’re both 65+. Saved a lot, met some nice locals, never had any issues except missed buses and some limited food options in small villages,” one traveler shares.
Not Paying $2 for a Locker
A downside of traveling is lugging around heavy bags before checking into the hotel. According to this voyager, they refused to pay two dollars to store their luggage, so they hauled several bags around a new city.
Walking is a great way to see the world and save money while traveling. However, I prefer to limit my miles to eight to ten a day. This globe trotter says they walked from Malibu to Santa Monica to save cash. They began the hike at sunrise and arrived in Santa Monica at sundown.
Opened 250 Credit Cards
Traveling credit cards offer various travel deals to customers. This method keeps the business high and satisfies customers. A sightseer in this thread claims they took advantage of travel deals by opening 250 credit cards between them and their spouse over nine years. You must make purchases and stay on top of monthly payments to get these deals. It’s difficult enough with two or three cards. I can’t imagine tending to 250.
A vacationer recalls a trip where they saved on food by purchasing several cans of canned Vienna sausage. Eight cans lasted them two days.
Slept on the Beach
Who doesn’t love falling asleep at the beach? A jet setter writes during a layover between Ft. Lauderdale and Ecuador, they took a taxi to the beach and slept there as opposed to getting a hotel room for the night. After the sunrise, they found a quaint diner and returned to the airport.
Long Bus Rides
Bus rides are a common way to save funds while seeing the world. You spend more time on the bus, but the scenic views don’t compare to what you see on a plane. Although bus fares cost much less than plane tickets, safety is compromised, and sleep is a stranger to most.
“Also slept on an overnight bus from Barcelona to Provence. I just don’t sleep well when not in bed, and as I was traveling alone, I was always afraid of someone stealing from me. Not worth it for how tired I was the next day and the time spent recovering,” a user comments.
“Took a 20-hour bus trip from Prague to Rome. Overnight so saved on both the transportation and hotel. Would have been fine if the Flixbus A/C actually worked,” another person answers.
Avoiding Paying for a Tuk-Tuk
“Walking for three kilometers in 40C Bangkok to save less than the cost of a Mars Bar back home for a Tuk-tuk. Finally got to the Skytrain station and was suffering from heat stroke. Even three hours in an air-conditioned room still left me feeling dizzy and confused,” an excursionist reports.