Tips for Cheap Travel

No matter where you are traveling, Asia or Europe, you should follow this guide:

Establish your budget, and timeline

I researched pousadas that took US currency or credit cards, and were English speaking about a week in advance.


See if where you are going is walkable

The island was accessible via the ocean but also had a mainland that we could explore. All free activities, like sight seeing, and exploring the island.

Look up travel costs

We took one city bus (one way going and return ticket), then a passenger bus to the island, where we were escorted by boat.

Account for all meals

See if they will be inclusive or non-inclusive with accommodations.

All meals were included in our stay (B&B style), as there were only a few restaurants located outside of the pousada.

Also an overlooked key to traveling abroad is to blend in with the locals as much as possible. Keep expensive items wherever you are staying. *Keep spare cash handy, but safely located

If you have a particular hotel in mind, calling the hotel directly can often result in better rates. Since you’re able to speak with someone in real time, the staff will often be privy to rates that aren’t advertised online or, at the very least, they’ll be able to give you insight as to what’s affecting pricing.

Travel off-season

Off season is defined as the season when travel is least active and rates are lowest, as opposed  to high season which are the most popular times to travel. Off season traveling is not for the faint of heart, but your wallets will gladly thank you when you are able to beat the crowds (and sometimes the hottest heat) for temperatures that are just right and access to great lodging at affordable prices.

Why travel off-season?

For example, going to big theme parks like Disney or Universal Studios is much cheaper to do in the fall or early spring—you will want to avoid Christmas and the summer time completely. Most parks like that will create incredible deals that you would never be able to find during high seasons. Also being willing to take a vacation at a different time so that you aren’t unnecessarily sacrificing money! There are also very specific off seasons for cruises and resorts. For example, you would want to avoid spring break! Research is critical around for the off season of your favorite destination, the key is to look early on and wait for the deals to just fall in your lap!

Fewer other travelers to deal with, which means you might get better service from guides, activity organizers, and other service people.

Most related expenses will be cheaper—including large purchases like plane tickets or

activity packages.

Because hotels and attractions need to lure more travelers during this slower period, they

frequently offer discounts, both for lodging and nearby attractions. During high season,

hotels often fill up early in the day, leaving late-arriving travelers scrambling for rooms.

Take advantage of local benefits

During the off-season it is usually not a problem to find an economic and pleasant hotel

even late in the day. In small towns you can expect locals to approach you at a railway or

bus station and invite you to stay at their pension, guesthouse, or bed and breakfast. With

fewer guests, you can also expect friendlier and more attentive service at hotels and


Since prices for lodging are lower, it is also quite easy to find an affordable

hotel in the town or city center you might not be able to afford in the summer. Staying in a

historic center is a great experience, since it is much easier to get around on foot and

explore the surrounding attractions.

In conclusion

These are all examples of traveling off season that are on the upside. You must be cautious of areas with inclement weather, such as extreme snow or rain, and also locales that do not offer events and activities during off season. Otherwise you could be ringing in your new year and celebrating on an island of your choice.