If you want to travel more, it doesn’t have to be more expensive. There are many ways to travel like a minimalist— travel lighter while saving money for future traveling. Here are my six recommendation for traveling like a minimalist.
# 1 Sign up for travel deal alerts
There are many airfare deal websites where you can subscribe for updates on the latest deals. This is a way to be in the know about cheap flights on certain dates and take advantage of them. Since one of the biggest costs of traveling is usually airfare, this is a way to save up to hundreds of dollars.
#2 Look for alternative hosting arrangements
Options such as Airbnb and hostels, you can look for accommodations that work best for your traveling needs. For example, if you’re staying a bit longer and would like the ability to eat in a few times, perhaps you can find a small apartment or room to rent with a kitchen.
#3 Invest in a durable, carry-on friendly travel backpack
Traveling lighter will not only save you luggage fees, it will save you time as you won’t need to wait for checked luggage. This also ensures that you never lose your luggage as well. There are plenty of luggage choices that can fit in the overhead bin of the plane or under your seat.
#4 Ask locals for suggestions on things to do
Whether it’s your taxi or rideshare driver, your accommodation host, or local people at the market or a café, this is a way to bypass the usually more expensive touristy attractions and go to some cool places you wouldn’t know about otherwise.
#5 Download Google maps using Wi-Fi
This way, you can still use GPS to get around even without cell service. You can also search for information on free walking tours that are tip-based if you’re looking for a more cost-friendly way to experience the area. With these tours, there is usually a meeting location where you’ll meet up with other people who are also traveling and the guide will take you around.
#6 Eat one meal per day from a local grocery store
This is also a way to experience more of the local scene, people and foods, while having more money to spend at restaurants and other places you’d like to experience.