Saving money while travelling can be quite easy if you know how, here are a few of our saving money travelling tips.
Take your water to restaurants (if worried ask them if it’s ok) so you don’t have to buy a drink, drinks can double your meal cost
Bargain whenever prices aren’t stated, if it’s services like a massage or accommodation go between different businesses and ask them to beat the competitors prices. Locals will quite happily charge you highly inflated prices if you are easily persuaded
Use websites to find cheap accommodation, but it’s usually best to book in person, phone or e-mail. This way you avoid the websites additional fees and you can bargain, definitely do this in low season
Use public transport like buses and bemos
Eat where the locals eat
Travel light, carry-on luggage only, you can use the cheap carriers and avoid extra fees
Have a budget and keep a record of what you spend
Use the free items left at backpackers or given in hotels
Ask seasoned travelers what prices you should be able to get when bargaining for items
A bit of research on forums like Thorntree and Tripadvisor can give you ideas about your options
Always try to pay in the local currency otherwise you may end up paying transfer fees twice and at an unknown rate.
Don’t be pushed in to buying, take your time, this is often when you get ripped off. You can always go back.