28 Budget Travel Hacks When You’re Broke AF

28 Budget Travel Hacks When You’re Broke AF

– Whoop! Hello and welcome to Hopscotch the Globe My name is Kristen Sarah. If you are new to this
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we release a new video. (upbeat music) Using the incognito window. Websites have a cheeky way of knowing what they’ve quoted you in the past and will hike up the
price when you return back if you have not booked yet. In order to make things
competitive and cheap, make sure you are browsing on the hush. Try Couchsurfing or stay
in hostels or Airbnbs if you want to save money. It’s a great way to not just save money but also stay in local neighborhoods and get that local feel
that us travelers seek out. Also in Airbnbs and Couchsurfing, you’re in someone else’s house. In hostels, you have access to a kitchen, so you can go to a grocery store, a local grocery store, and cook your food back at your place, so you don’t have to spend
three times, four times the money out at a restaurant. Take a free class or go on a free tour. One of the many amazing
things about hostels, ’cause there are quite a few
things that I absolutely love, is usually at the front lobby
there’s a bulletin board. On that bulletin board, they post things that are happening within the
community, within the hostel. Many times those things are free classes that you can participate
in or free walking tours of the city you’re standing in just the way to get all
the travelers together and create that sense of community that we all absolutely
love when we travel. If you want to get an authentic experience and also save money,
go where the locals go. The locals know best. They don’t just know
where the best food is, but they know where the
best bang for your buck is. Get to know the locals or start
a conversation with a local and ask them where the best
place to get local cuisine is. Many times, I’ve found
myself at a little stall on the street eating this
delicious street food that costs me next to nothing. It ends up being one of the best meals I’ve had on that trip. Work for free room and board. Most of the time, hostels
are run by travelers who have been passing through, decide to stay for a couple of months, and end up working at the
hostel for free room and board. If you don’t really have
a schedule and a timeframe for your travels, you
can extend those travels or save money on your travels
by working at a hostel, working at the front desk or making up the rooms or whatever. Another option is WWOOFing
where you’re working on a farm in exchange for food and a stay as well. There are so many other options. I’ve actually included those
options in another video that you can check out. I’ll leave a link in the
description box below. Choose cheaper destinations. If you are on a tight
budget, don’t go to Europe because it’s gonna cost you a lot more, and you’re not gonna have
as much time to travel as if you were to go to
somewhere like Southeast Asia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia
where you can really, really stretch your budget. I would say from experience
that I would be able to spend the same amount of money spending
maybe two weeks in Europe and doing the same kind of activities, eating the same amount
of food as I could spend staying like two, three
months in Thailand. If I don’t really have the timeframe and I just want to really
travel as long as possible, I would stretch my
money by going to places like Southeast Asia. To add to that, traveling
in the off season will also save you. Usually when people travel, they don’t have an endless amount of time. Maybe they have a couple
of weeks or up to a month, and they want the best weather possible. You’re gonna choose
what’s called high season. This is when most travelers are traveling in that destination because
of the weather for example is going to be the best. But if you’re more flexible
and you have more time, traveling in low season
will save you so much money. In the high season,
hotels or tour companies will really hike up the prices. You’re gonna be paying
like double or even more if you’re traveling in the high season compared to the low season. Another great thing is, there
is not as many travelers. It’s less crowded in the
places that you’re gonna visit. Talk with other travelers. If you have other
friends or family members who are into traveling as much as you are, or reach out to bloggers
or YouTube creators. Hey. Just talk with other travelers
because a lot of the times, they’ll have advice or maybe
they’ve even know of some deals to the places that you want to travel to. Perhaps they know
someone you can stay with in the destination you’re going to, or they have a friend
who owns a tour company. You never know until you
talk to other travelers. It could save you money. Sign up for travel bloggers’
newsletters like ours. We do have a biweekly
newsletter where we share deals as well as giveaways and
updates on our travels. If you want to know
more about travel deals, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter. I’ll leave a link in the
description box below. Quick little plug there. Use a VPN to book things like your flights to get good deals. If you’ve never heard of a VPN, it’s basically a plugin that
is tricking the internet to thinking you’re in
a different location. I’m gonna give you an example. Okay. There is. (laughs) Okay. This is Bob. This is Luis. Bob is in London. Luis is in Toronto. They both want to book the same flight from Toronto to London. But Bob is getting a better deal because he’s located in London. That’s it. That’s the only reason. By changing your VPN, you
can act like you’re in London when you’re not actually in London and get that cheaper deal. Frequent flyer points. This one is one of my favorites because you’re just spending money that you would normally
spend on a daily basis buying food, buying gas, et cetera, but you’re collecting points that you can use towards travel. You can use it on flights, you
can use it on accommodations, you can use it on tours. There are many credit cards that offer different point systems. You have to really shop
around and find the one that’s best for you. I use the American Express
Platinum and love it because it not only gives
me really good points, but I get access to so many
lounges around the world. There’s other perks with the card that are just definitely
makes it worth the annual fee. Some of the perks for
example is I get $250 that I can put towards
either a hotel or a flight every single year. I’ve also gotten $250 that
I can use at duty-free to get a crap ton of alcohol
that I’ll never drink. But my friends love coming over. Pack light to avoid baggage fees. I’ve been preaching
carry-on only for years now because that’s how I’ve been traveling, and it’s benefited me in so many ways. One, I always know where my stuff is. Two, I don’t have to pay
those stupid baggage fees that cost too much. Three, I never have to worry
about someone going into my bag or losing my bag when
I get to a destination. If I have a tight connection, I don’t have to worry about my bag not making it to my destination and getting lost who knows where. But we’re talking about money here. We want to save as much as
we can, wherever we can. Not having to pay baggage
fees, that’s gonna save you an extra up to even
sometimes $100 on your trip. Get around by foot, by bike,
or by public transportation. Taxis and Ubers are great. They’re convenient and
all, but they cost money. They definitely cost a lot
more than using your two feet and walking around, or
renting a bike for day, or taking public transportation,
which are all awesome ways to really immerse yourself in the culture and get to places where
you can’t get to by cars. There have been so many times where I’ve just been
walking around a new place or biking around, and I
find like little areas that I get lost in, and
I wouldn’t have been able to get there if I were
to have been driving or taking a taxi. There have been times
where I’ve found myself in little tiny alleyway type
places where I discovered a really delicious restaurant or I struck up a
conversation with a local, and those end up being one
of the best travel stories that I have on that trip. Fly to one destination and
then take public transportation to your final destination. An example of this for me would be flying from Toronto to London again. It is probably the cheapest
way to fly out of Toronto to get to Europe. Let’s say I’m trying to actually
get to Hamburg, Germany. If I choose that cheaper flight to London, and then I just take a train to Hamburg, I still get to my destination, but I’m saving money in the meantime. To go with that, if you
also take an overnight train or an overnight bus, then you’re saving
money on accommodations. This one doesn’t work for everyone, but if it does work for you,
it will definitely save you. Being flexible with your travel dates. On Skyscanner, you have the option of looking at the overall month and seeing where the cheapest date is to travel to your destination. If you are flexible, then you
can choose that cheapest date to fly out and save money. Book a flight on a Tuesday or a Wednesday. The reason is, booking
flights on these days is in lower demand, so
you can get better deals. Not many people want to fly
in and out on a Tuesday. Usually they want to
flight out on a Friday, come back on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday. If you have the flexibility,
I recommend flying in and out on a Tuesday or Wednesday to save money. Sign up or continuously
go and check out sites like YYZ Deals or YVR
Deals, Scott’s Cheap Flights because these resources
are some of my favorite for finding the cheapest flights ever. YYZ Deals is my favorite
because it’s only flights leaving out of Toronto going
everywhere in the world. If you live in the GTA, this
is specifically for you. Go and check out the website right now. It will blow your mind because the guy who runs this is amazing. He posts the cheapest flights. However he finds them, I don’t know, but I love him for it. The cheapest flights leaving from Toronto everywhere in the world,
and I’m talking like $150, all taxes in, return to places
like Morocco or Costa Rica. What’s also really great about it is it’s not just last-minute deals where you have to leave within a week. You usually have a two-
to three-month window where you have to travel to get that deal, which I think is pretty great. Scott’s Cheap Flights is
another one I highly recommend signing up for because it’s flights leaving from all over world. It’s not specifically
leaving out of Toronto going to other destinations. It works for a lot of you watching. KAYAK.com is also another great resource to find cheap flights. You can sign up for alerts. Let’s say you’re flying
from Los Angeles, California to Bangkok, Thailand, and
you only want to spend anywhere under $1,000 for a
return flight including taxes. You can sign up for an alert, tell them how much you’re willing to pay, and you’ll get notified when there are flights for $1,000 or less. I would highly recommend taking out money when you get to your destination using your debit card at an ATM. You will get the best rates this way. If you feel a little bit uncomfortable not having money on you when
you get to your destination, then you can always exchange
just a little bit back home, so you have enough to go from
the airport to your hotel and maybe buy a couple of meals. Bring a reusable water bottle with you. This is especially beneficial if you’re traveling for
long periods of time. You’ll be surprised how much
money you can actually spend on bottled water. It really adds up, especially
if you’re traveling destinations where the
weather is really hot and you’re drinking a lot. I was actually surprised
in places like India or Indonesia, Thailand how easy it was to find filtered water systems where I could fill up my water bottle. I thought it would be more
inconvenient than ever, and I would just have to
end up buying bottled water, but I end up reusing my reusable
water bottle quite often. At least have it on you,
so you have that option. Eat a bigger lunch and a lighter dinner. A lot of restaurants are food joints who charge double for dinner
than they would for lunch. So, you might as well eat as
much as possible for lunch, go for a lighter dinner. You can save money that way. Or eat lunch out at a
restaurant, food joint, and then go and get some
groceries and make your own food for dinner at your hostel or Airbnb, and save money that way too. Fly when no one else wants to. I am talking about those red-eye flights, those early morning flights
where you have to get up at like three a.m., and it
sucks, but you can save money. Sometimes it’s worth it. If you have a long layover,
spend the night at the airport instead of getting an airport hotel room, which is going to cost you
way more money than it should. There is a really wicked website. It’s called SleepingInAirports.net. It tells you all the
airports around the world where the best places
are to sleep, to eat, to find WiFi, to lounge, to shower. It tells you everything you want to know to make your overnight stay at
the airport super comfortable and get that rest that you need. Wash your dirty travel
clothes in the tub or sink, or if you’re really lucky
and have a Whirlpool, best washing machine. It actually makes me super
angry how much hotels charge to do your laundry. Who is gonna spend $10 to wash one sock? One sock? There have been where
we’ve stayed in places that have a Whirlpool or just
like a tub that has jets. And we fill our tub with
water, we put our clothes in, we sprinkle something like
those Tide packages you can buy at grocery stores, and
you turn on the jets, and it starts to, like,
turning your clothes just like a washing machine would. It’s fantastic. It works so well. Check for deals and coupons on websites like Travelzoo or Groupon. You can find some pretty sweet
deals in the destinations you’re going to on tours or accommodations or restaurants, et cetera. One of the many great things about travel are the people that you
meet, other travelers. You build these connections with people that you can’t find doing anything else. They happen really fast. They’re like hardcore deep
connections that you can find. A lot of my best friends
today are people that I’ve met all around the world, from
all these different countries during my travels. Now I have places all around the world that I can go and visit
and stay with my friends and get a little close
perspective, save on accommodations and get to hang out with some
of the most amazing people that I’ve ever met in my life. The more you travel, the
more people you meet, the more friends you make,
and the more places you have to stay around the world. Skip the travel size products. I’m talking about those little toothpaste or little shampoos and conditioners. Get yourself GoToobs, which are reusable travel 100-milliliter containers that you can reuse over and over again. Get yourself little containers and get the normal size toothpaste and just squeeze as much as you need into those reusable containers. Two things that are
great, you’re saving money and you’re helping the environment. Follow your favorite travel
bloggers and travel YouTubers to get the best
recommendations, the best deals. Connect with them, reach
out to them, ask them. If you reach out to me,
I will be more than happy to offer my advice or help you out in whatever way I can. Reaching out to Siya and I, for example. This is what we do for a living. This is what Hopscotch
the Globe is all about. Not just us but other
people whose community are willing to help you,
to help you plan that trip, to save money doing it. The vision with Hopscotch has always been to be able to reach out to
as many people as possible and help you realize that you can reach all of your travel dreams, you can travel the world
no matter your lifestyle, no matter your budget. I hope that you realize that
even if you’re broke AF, you can travel using
these budget travel hacks I just shared with you as
well as so many other hacks and advice, tips that we’ve
shared in other videos. I will leave a playlist. I think there is a thing that’s
gonna pop up right now here as well on the description box below. I will leave a playlist
of all the travel hack and tip videos that we’ve done on how do you become a better,
more efficient traveler and save money doing it. Again, if you’re new to this channel and you have not subscribed
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you didn’t know. (laughs)

100 thoughts on “28 Budget Travel Hacks When You’re Broke AF”

  • You're broke but you want to travel the world. This video is for you. Here's how to travel the world on a budget. No matter if you're a poor student or 30-years old and paying off a student loan or mortgage, you can travel the world, and these 28 budget travel hacks will help you. Subscribe for more travel hacks and tips: http://bit.ly/1258Cu2

  • YES! I always travel off season. You can still get nice weather. We are going to Japan this November because it is low season but it is beautiful there.

  • This is all great! I'm wondering if you have more info about what travel credit card I should buy to rack up flyer miles? I believe you mentioned you created a video, but I can't seem to find it.

  • I'm so not looking forward to waking up at 3am to make my flight but it was going to save me $75 to leave on the earliest flight to my destination.

  • jennifer junkin says:

    I'm traveling to london November 22nd… staying there 3 nights then taking a train to york… staying there 1 night then renting a car and traveling through England and Scotland for 2 weeks… my hubby has booked our b n b rooms for us… but anything you can tell me about london … England… Scotland… much appreciated… our first time there… my first time flying… coming from southern united states…

  • Great video! Thanks a lot for such a good public service 🙂 Can I ask what the footage from Demel, Vienna was about? Did you work there?!

  • I really loved this video. I have traveled and stayed in hostels as a single, childless gal. I do know there are family friendly hostels…maybe we can take an entire room for 4. I envy people who are so open to stay in air b and b's and it's more more comfy setting, than a less frills hostel. But I have heard such nightmare stories about Airbnb owners secretly filming their renters 😬 I am nervous. Do you guys do anything to reassure your safety / privacy? Or is this something you have not thought much about?

  • Awesome tips! We rented an AirBNB 1 bedroom apartment in the middle of Sorrento for $80 a night. Grocery stores, train & bus stations right around the corner. We used all 3 for a fraction of the cost of eating out all the time or hiring a driver. Also rented a scooter for 10 hours for $45 to drive the Amalfi Coast. Loved every second of it!

  • This is the second video I watch from you and I was so surprised to see Budapest! From what you've said I figured that you probably live in America so you really must be a big traveler if you came all the way here to Hungary – it isn't one of the most popular destinations when people visit Europe for the first few times you see. I hope you enjoyed your stay!^^

  • try booking directly with the airline, sometimes they offer the same prices or even less than the websites that advertise "lowest prices guaranteed" where the catch is, it's the lowest prices before their fees… which can hike the ticket prices a fair bit

  • my friends got the best bargain for coming to Australia… the stars aligned for them so well…

    Australia entered a depression, their dollar dropped from 75/100 down to 55/100 on top of that, they got me to shack them up, I have a car so they saved money on a car rental and just paid for gas, plus it was the off season so they found themselves in quite a bargain trip especially when they budgetted for $15-30,000 for the entire trip (90 days) and left with more change in their pocket than they ever expected. Their Visa was expiring from their home country and they wanted to renew their visa legally, so they went to a cheap but somewhat premium location and Australia was kind of a great place to travel

  • elizabethdalloway says:

    I wish I could travel off season, but as a school teacher it is next to impossible to do it, so I travel for shorter periods and I don't do it as often as I wish…alas!

  • Aurimas Krištapavičius says:

    Any advices on my next two trips:
    1. New York for 10 days, 24 hours on Toronto with plan to visit Niagara falls. I would like to go by bus to Washington for couple days.
    2. India, landing in new Delhi, going to Goa and trying to visit other interesting cities along the way. 2.5 weeks trip.

  • those street foods were poffertjes werent they? also called dutch mini pancakes? i live in the netherlands so its always fun to see those being called delicious haha

  • My first flight (and trip anywhere) is going to bristol, uk. I booked the flight for Tuesday and im leavi ng at 10:30 am.
    Found a better deal using norwegian air to take a plane to London and hop a CHEAP bus (3 hrs) to Bristol bus terminal.
    And i used skyscannner!!
    I love your ideas. Waaaay below my original budget.
    Im still nervous about getting money over there. 😶😶

  • Krzysztof Puchala says:

    Hello. I love this video. I really want to travel like you, but I'm terrified of it at the same time. I have so many questions, i overthink everything, I'm recovering from some personal vices, etc… Help please.

  • Thankkkk youuuu for this video my husband and I aren’t broke AF lmao but we just had a baby so we can’t afford to spend crazy so I appreciate this video

  • Unexpected Travel says:

    Kristen, I LOVED this vlog post with all of these amazing tips! I just learned about some new sites because of you, so thank you! I have one question…what exactly do you travel with in regards to toiletries / liquids? As a female, I find it hard to use a carry on because I have hair products, gel deodorant, mouth wash, lotion, etc. I've been lucky and have only had my bag lost twice in 35 years, but I hate finding that TSA rummaged through my bag and it happens a lot! Tips would be great! Thanks! 🙂

  • Hi i have found you in a wonderfull Time. have you Been to london??? (Off course you have) so i am going to london with my 15 year old daughter and i do need some recomendations, for her its the first time ever she out, on a plane…..Well, you know. Só, going to see everything, does turistic places but also want to not spent to much. We are going to stay in a hostel…..and walk a lot. Please, give me advices and Good ideas and great things to make this first travel unforgetable. Thank you !!! Ana

  • I actually thought travelling was expensive before getting to travel myself. It's obviously more expensive than your daily life would be but you can travel for a very small amount of money. You don't need to stay in a 5 star hotel use taxis and eat in fancy restaurants nor go very far to enjoy a trip! Those hacks are super useful tbh!

  • Jess Blanchfill says:

    This video was so great. Saves it for sure for later references. And subscribed. Love your content already!! So excited to find inspiration and motivation to follow my desires to travel and see this world!

  • Traveling On a Shoestring says:

    Seriously searching incognito!? Those sneaking websites. I had no idea.
    Also a budget travel blogger and seriously learned so much from your video which is saying a lot. We have traveled a lot. Already subscribed but love watching your videos.
    If you are ever in Utah you and your husband have a free place to stay with my husband and me. We would love to show you guys around. We know all the local secrets

  • I'm going to Thailand and South East Asia for 4 months and I'm so nervous, I'm binge watching travel videos, thank you for such a great video !!!

  • Hi Kristen, I'm going to stay in Seoul for 15 days, can you suggest any place to visit outside from the tourist zone much appreciate, I love your tips actually I did use a few. thanks

  • Hey there, I am planning a trip to England to visit my cousin, then we are planning to hop on over to Ireland. What parts of Ireland would you recommend we see? I'll have 5-6 days & already looking into seeing the Giants Causeway and was thinking Galway and Belfast….? I'm debating on Dublin, idk…is it overrated & too touristy?

  • Hello i agree about the washing clothes bit i normally wash them in the sink but the jet bath thing is brillant never thought of the idea thank you

  • Another travel hack is work for an airline and get flight benefits! Working for Skywest airlines is great because (depending the airport you work in) you can fly with united, delta, American and Alaska airlines. It saves so much money. Also don't be afraid travel when your broke I went to San Francisco last year with a bag of quarters as my spending money and had a blast, got a workout (from walking from pier 39 to the golden gate bridge), I found all sorts of cool stuff along the way and have a great story to tell people when I got home. Thanks for doing these videos there were a few hacks I didn't already know in here so thank you!

  • That's What "i" Said says:

    Sooo how do we go about getting a VPN? Or is it something you alter on your computer? How do we find out the prices from different locations? Thanks. 🙂

  • Belive it or not, Malaysia is the cheapest country for holiday in SE Asia. There are plenty of FREE busses take you to most of the tourists atraction. Good quality food in a comfortable food court for about €2.

  • Tofu and Travel says:

    these were actually great tips! I never really watch these videos anymore as i've traveled to a lot of places but i actually found these helpful! I just subscribed because of it! thanks for a great video!

  • Shantae Walker says:

    Really enjoyed your vid!! I’m going to Amsterdam in a week, any awesome advise on local gems to explore while there? Thanks!

  • Christine Incardona says:

    Thank you for making this video! I am subscribed. I look forward to your future vlogging endeveours! Your personality is great too.

  • You can usually do the vpn trick just by changing the website ending, for example: norwegian.no instead of norwegian.com, and it still will give you a different price.

  • Sofia Abrantes says:

    Leaving 11 more travel hacks here for anyone that needs more inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_wlBRfO6wo&t=13s ❤️

  • Lauren Cisneros says:

    Do you guys have any updates on your airstream? It seems that you guys never really film in there , did you guys have to move out to an apartment for the baby ?

  • Gioia Maiale says:

    I am a college student and my best friend and I are always online searching and researching the best travel deals! This video was very helpful and was wondering where the best & cheapest places to travel in the summer months (in the US)! I know a lot of places in Europe shut down due to weather so where would you recommend in or outside of the US! I have been to Montreal, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Tennessee, and a bunch of other states, but which are your favorites! Thank you!!

  • if you travel with Norwegian you can use the coupon under26 if you are under 26. and you can put it in while looking at the low price calendar to get the best deals.

  • Robert Howland says:

    I am flexible with time but I always have to show a return flight that I don't want to pay for how to avoid that?

  • Do you have a top Pick for Indian food in London?, we are staying in Fulham if you have a recommendation close by

  • You can’t do all of it that with a baby or a toddler… it’s not what you want anymore! Unfortunately! Thanks though!

  • jamesthomasparker says:

    Wow you’ve taught me a lot aha!! Traveling solo for first time in February through Thailand 😃 this will save me lots of ££

  • tar abdulqader says:

    Hello thank you for every advice you’ve given, but I have few issues, am from Iraq and I don’t have bank account so even if I changed the vpn o still can’t pay it, is there any other videos on countries that check online or buying ticket is not easy as a click of a button, thank you

  • Hello, i want To make atra so trip in East Europe, start from Paris to Finland, then Baltic states and Poland, Austria…..Mostar, Dubrovnik, slip, Kosovo, Macedonia Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and return to Paris. Can you give me advice on accommodations, how to organize this solo budget travel in East Europe , please?

  • Charlotte Crolley says:

    I'm wanting to go to South Korea, hopefully Seoul. Will probably be travelling solo which is both nerve wracking and exciting. Any advice about places to go/stay etc would be more than welcome.

  • Muhammad Yahya usman usman says:

    I was in a sleepy mood while watching your this video, but as you told about the incognito windows and VPN, I just got up and my eyes and ears got full attention. Thankyou 🙂

  • If u stay at a place with a included buffet breakfast, eat heaps and than just take a piece of fruit or something while ur out for lunch.

  • Here in Portugal, it's cheaper to exchange money than to take from an ATM at the destination. How so? Here, in currency shops, you pay the equivalent in your currency + 2,5 euros for the service, if you go to the destination and take out money there, you'll pay the equivalent in your currency + 2,5 euros for the service + 1,7% in conversion fee + 1% fee for requesting money abroad + 4% in postage. I found this out when planning my trip to England in the fall so I'd suggest checking your bank's exchange fees and the currency shop fees and choose whichever is cheaper

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