Who doesn't like to save money?
Saving travel dollars simply means that we can travel more. So, to find out what readers do to save money, I posed the question to The Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Here's what they had to say:
Conn – I'm a social eater, even when I travel solo so I always try to make friends while I travel and arrange to meet for dinner together. Taste more food, split the bill! =)
Michelle – Travel during ‘off peak' times 🙂
Lee – I am constantly amazed that others can afford hotels at $150 +. When I travel in Italy i stay in convent hotels that are often $60.00 and available all over the country
Zachary – Leave that ol' agenda behind. If the only* goal is to arrive, take your time! Open air markets also have a strong potential to save on food. Hello, samples, and bartering. Sleeping on a budget can be tough. Be safe, but get creative.
Suz Susanna – Do research on places to stay. On the fly, I tried my hand at “polite haggling” for a room as it got dark and got a great deal with excellent amenities. For food I like to keep some basic groceries handy for a sandwich or snack. In London, I found a Safeway that offers out of the ordinary from-home products!
Jennifer Food is a Huge expense!!! I have found that renting an apt, cottage or house is cheaper than a Hotel and you have a kitchen to prepare food and pack lunches. I budget for one meal out a day…Saves me a Ton of money
Tata – When I pre-arranged for a taxi from the Thai border to Siem Reap, I asked the hotel if they have a guest coming down the same time as me so we could split the taxi fare between us…
Willem – When booking a flight and hotel, scope out the best deal you think you can get online then contact a travel agent, explain what you want, tell them what you found and ask if they have anything better. My travel agent has bettered what I found online every single time — sometimes even improving the hotel or adding a day for the same cost.
Tripfilms – Hostel in a dorm room, this way you can meet new people while you're traveling solo and save some money. Also, find a hostel that has a kitchen. No one likes to dine at a restaurant alone anyway, so buy some local groceries and make a meal in the hostel and meet some of the fellow travelers staying there.
My best solo travel money-saving tips include:
- Use local transit, especially for that expensive trip from the airport.
- Be flexible on departure and return dates to save on flights.
- Use libraries for guide books and maps for short trips.
- Along the same lines, gather all sorts of free information online.
- Eat at fine restaurants at lunch rather than dinner. The same caliber of food but for a smaller price.
- I use hostels to save money on accommodation and meet people. It makes a huge difference in how many days I can afford to travel.
- Watching the food groups, I buy food at grocery stores. Fruit and nuts is a typical lunch for me.
- I pack light. No fees at the airport, faster check-in and, with a small suitcase or backpack I'm not inclined to buy souvenirs unless I really, really want them.
- Put out a Google alert for “single supplement waived” if interested in group travel.