Planning is an important step for people who are a bit tight on the budget but still want to travel. This situation generally presents itself when you’re young and don’t have a lot of experience with backpacking. Here’s a few things which you should try out to keep the expenses on the shorter side.

Lightweight backpacks

The first rule for such trips should always be to keep the luggage minimal and pack the bare minimum which you need. Carrying a lot of weight around will drain your energy and interest to travel.

Staying outdoors

Camping outside is a unique experience and should be done anytime an opportunity presents itself. A lot of places have grounds which are made solely for camping purposes.

Hostel accommodation with Pantry

There are backpacker friendly hostels which are custom made for travellers. These hostels most often are equipped with kitchens and buying some groceries and cooking helps you save.

Carry snacks

When you’re backpacking, quick bites are what will keep you going. Local vendors are aware of this and they hike the prices of smaller snacks, so it is a good idea to carry some snacks even if it adds a little weight.

Train travel helps

Pre- purchasing train passes are a good way of saving. If you’ve thought of staying in a certain radius in a state or country, train passes surely save a lot of money.

Avoid cabs; walk instead


Local cabbies are well aware that you aren’t from around the place. They might deliberately take you through the longer route and show you enticing visuals but in reality they are just subtly ripping you off. Try public transport or walking from A to B.

Beware of scam artists

Every good place to visit comes with that set of people who’ll take your wallet away without you knowing it or coerce you to hand your money over. Keep some money hidden and set it aside where people don’t see.

Stop by the liquor stores

Never get fooled by local bars who try and take advantage of tourists who are unaware of the rates of drinks at a bar. Be aware of the policies of the bar and how payment happens. Stay sharp so that the bartender doesn’t overcharge you.

Tourist traps should be avoided

Follow the locals and you get a flavour of the place you’re visiting. They know the happening places for lunch, weekend getaways and party spots.

Group travel is a smart option

Many people prefer going out solo and it is definitely a great experience but the fun in group travel is also unparalleled. It’s like a mixed bag of talents and you never know who will help you get out of a tight situation.