Always Broke? Here’s How to Plan a Holiday on a Budget!

Are you one of those people who is constantly broke? Well, this story is universal. No matter how much we spend, earn or little we spend, by the 15th of every month, we become paupers. So, does that mean that you should give your love for traveling? Truth be told, you need a heart and not a big pocket to travel. The materialistic limitation cannot restrict a wanderlust soul. Careful planning and small cut downs can help you plan a holiday even if you are broke. Here’s how!

Decide on the Place

Let’s be honest and practical, when we talk about a budget holiday, we need to narrow down on a place which is not exactly expensive. Ooty, for instance, is an excellent place to experience the great moment without shelling out a huge amount of money. Located in Nilgiri Hills, the place is surrounded with picturesque locations and greenery.  You can take a boat ride in the Ooty Lake which is not very expensive.

The cities temperature is very pleasant during the day. This means that you can explore the city on foot. That will help you save on travel and cab expense. To visit destinations that are far off from the city, you can rely on the state bus service which is comfortable as well as well-connected.

Stay at an Inexpensive Hotel

Spending an excessive amount of money on holiday does not make sense. Most likely you will be outdoor during the major part of the day. Therefore, instead of spending a lot of money on your stay, you can consider booking an inexpensive hotel.  

Bargain You Way Through

Any place that is swarming with tourists has an escalated price on everything. Cab fares, adventure sport, shopping, etc. can be expensive. In such a situation, the art of bargaining can come to your rescue. Do not hesitate to bargain, especially when it comes to cab fares and travel expense.

Travel During Off Season

Traveling during the off-season has a dual benefit. First, all the facility and services can be procured at a compelling price point. Secondly, the place will be relatively quieter. On a flip side, you may not be able to enjoy the local flavors of a place which the place is famous for. Having said that, during offseason, there are other activities that might ignite your interest. In fact, you might experience a new side of the city.

Don’t eat food at the Hotel

Eating food at the hotel or calling for room service can be expensive. Therefore, you should look for affordable food options. Street food and trying out local cuisine of the place will ensure that your food budget is well under control. However, be wary of the hygiene. You don’t want to fall prey to digestive problems while on holiday. Buy packaged food and ready to eat meals. Avoid eating raw fruits and vegetables, as such food items are more contaminated than cooked food.

With these easy to follow tips and tricks, traveling on a budget is not at all a difficult undertaking. Travelling is one of the most alleviating experiences of life, therefore travel as much as you can. While having money and resources is an important precursor for traveling, one can very well have a wholesome and beautiful holiday on a budget. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head out!


Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram for more travel stories, ideas, and photos from around the world.

Join thousands of other readers by subscribing to our blog and get information about travel contest and giveaways in your mailbox.



You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    June 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Some awesome tips here. Traveling full time I have to keep to a budget, some of these are really useful for me. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    June 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Those are great tips! Unfortunately every time I travel I spend much more than I planned. I love walking, but when you walk 20 miles and you have to take a train you’re thinking “taxi is only x more expensive lets just do that”. Or when you had some street food, and you keep walking and see this wonderful ice cream even when you not hungry 😀 and when you search for cheap hotel and you see this wonderful resort with that amazing pool 😀 yeah not so easy! I do need to control that, as less I spend more I can travel!

  • Reply
    June 19, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Interesting tips! I’ve heard that housesitting is also a good way to save on accommodation costs. We also like to refill our own water bottles when we are out – to save on the odd dollar here and there but also to cut down on plastic use!

  • Reply
    June 20, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Great tips here. If there is a way to travel even on the cheap and then I am there 🙂

  • Reply
    June 21, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Traveling on a budget is hard, but it is still a lot of fun. Thanks for the great tips to make it happen. When we have to get away and are tight on funds we like to visit state parks a few hours away and camp.

  • Reply
    Ricci – When In My Journeys
    June 22, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    These are great tips and I mostly do all of it except for #3 – bargaining. I usually travel alone and I have a bad haggling skills (zero 🙂 ), still a work in progress. If I can walk my way to the destination, I would do it. If not, I will take the public transportation instead.

  • Reply
    June 23, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Anyone can travel if they make it a priority in their life. I have sacrificed quite a bit over the years for the love of travel. If you want it, you will find a way. That simple.

  • Reply
    Eve Kay
    June 24, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Agree with these tips! Perhaps with the exception of #3 as I always feel guilty haggling (especially if I’m in a developing country) :p

  • Reply
    Daniela || Ipanema travels to
    June 24, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Good tips! I would add that you just need to make a budget for the trip and stick to it. We can save on hotel and air fares but once arrived at our destination we would be tempted to spend money on touristy things. Avoiding tourist traps is also important.

  • Reply
    June 24, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing these tips. We shared something similar a few months ago as well. We often spend much more than we anticipated on food because we are self proclaimed foodies. It is really hard to pass up a good meal sometimes. Local street food can be the best!

  • Reply
    Nikki - Notes of Life
    June 25, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    I’d also recommend using cashback sites when booking any hotels or travel online and keeping an eye out for vouchers for restaurants too 🙂

  • Reply
    Joses Travel Tales
    July 31, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Hey! great to connect with you here on IB !! 🙂 Nicely written Swati..a very useful post for all those on a shoe string budget and yet have to urge yo travel 🙂

  • Leave a Reply

    error: Content is protected !!
    %d bloggers like this: