Cheap Solo Travel Tips
Before we get to the tips for cheap solo travel, lets
take a quick look at why you might go alone. The obvious reason
is simply that you cant find and friends or family that
have the time or money to take a trip. I have been on many trips
alone simply because it was too difficult to work out a group
trip. Of course, it can be a bit more dangerous and perhaps lonely
going by yourself, but there are advantages too.
You have no stress over where to go or what to do when you
are the only one making the decision. You can wake up or go to
sleep whenever you want to. You can do only those things which
you are truly interested in. One of the biggest advantages, though,
is that going solo can be cheaper, which gets us to our tips.
Cheap Solo Travel Accommodations
Hotels can be expensive, and even more so if you are traveling
with a friend who needs a higher level of comfort than you do.
But being able to stay at the cheapest hotels is not the only
way you save when you are traveling alone. You also have the
option of staying in guest houses and hostels, which can be much
cheaper in some places.
Hostels, if you are not familiar with them, rent you a bed
for the night. You might share the room with several other travelers,
and you will share common areas like living rooms as well. Often
a stay in a hostel is only a third of what a hotel room would
cost in the same area. Furthermore, because you usually have
access to a kitchen, you can save on meals by cooking your own.
Also, when you are alone you may sometimes have a place to
stay offered to you by new friends. People who get to know you
are much more likely to say "stay at my place tonight"
when it is just yourself versus a group or even a couple. It
would be nice and appropriate to buy a bottle of wine or other
gift for your new friends, but that still makes this an inexpensive
place to stay.
If you are willing to have others in your own home, you can
also save a lot when you travel. Just sign up for one of the
"couch surfing" websites where members agree to offer
a place to stay to other members. Let a few people stay in your
extra bedroom, and when you travel you can arrange the same for
Cheap Solo Travel - Other Tips
Keep an open mind to really save money. Instead of choosing
one destination that you "have to" go to, choose several
you would enjoy and go where the plane tickets are cheapest at
the moment. When you get there, eat big lunches - which are usually
cheaper than dinner - and snack the rest of the day. Try any
activity that is cheap before spending more to do other things.