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Whenever I travel it seems that I want to add in as many destinations as possible, some of which can be slightly more expensive than others. Budget travel is a key concept that allows me to do so, and even though I may only be able to spend a couple of days in those countries that cost more, it’s still worth it. Some people ask me how I can afford to travel to so many awesome places, and so I’ve put together this short list of top budget travel tops to help anyone get the most out of their next trip abroad.

Travel Light

When it comes to travelling light, the key is to take only what you really need. This might mean taking online a carry on item – something that will save you a total bundle in terms of luggage fees on many low cost carrier airlines in Europe, North America and Asia, as well as beyond. Often airlines charge a huge amount for checked bags – and some airlines, like in North America, even charge for carry on so keep it light and simple and go with just one carry on bag.

Use Sites Like Value Alliance

Travelling in Asia is easy and quick thanks to the huge network of various airlines in the region helping connect you like never before. To make it even easier and to save yourself time when it comes to searching for decently priced flights with good schedules, Value Alliance brings up listings from six different carriers across the region to make booking easier and seamless, along with better value than booking through the carriers directly. With over 160 different destinations in Asia Pacific, and growing, it’s easily one of the best ways to find the cheapest flights online and is easily now my favourite way to find low cost carriers between countries throughout Asia and the Pacific region.

Use Groupon Or Visitor Cards

Groupon and Visitor Cards for different cities can help you save a massive amount on things like entrance to tourist attractions, museums and even can give you percentages off at some dining establishments. Groupon can be bought in advance for things like spa days, meals out, evening activities and more in your city of choice, while visitor cards for major tourist cities can get you cheap or even free entry on many attractions, free tourist bus rides and more for an upfront cost.

Public Transport

One hundred percent the easiest way to save money is by taking public transport. Sure, it can seem really intimidating in some cities, but many cities have user friendly systems and locals are often keen to help visitors navigate the train or bus system if you ask. Consider getting a three, five or seven day pass depending on how long you’re in town. With some cities, they work out cheaper the longer you stay, so it’s worth buying one for your whole stay.

Eat At Local Places

Eating at back alley, local places can often work out far cheaper than eating in main squares, tourists areas and the like. If you head off to a side street where you seem to see fewer and fewer foreigners, you know you’re on the right track. You’ll find all manner of unique experiences and flavours if you skip the tourist region and head where the locals do – and you’ll save cash too.

So what would you do if you could save more money on flights? Where would you go and what would you do? Travelling on a budget, as you can see, doesn’t have to be a tough experience. So tell us – where are you off to next? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

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