Shoulder season is brilliant for a variety of reasons. Firstly there are less people and the weather is usually still great, but the most appealing reason is that it’s always cheaper. You’ll get cheaper flights, cheaper accommodation and even cheaper entrance fees. So shoulder season is the sweet spot for anyone wanting to save money whilst travelling.
Most cities nowadays seem to offer some form of free walking tour and over the years Bradley and I have partaken in quite a few. They are a great way to get some extra insight into a destination and work out sights you want to return too. We did one in Rome which was excellent, and in Buenos Aires which was fantastic! Of course when they mean free, it doesn’t mean totally free. You should give your guide a tip, as that’s what their earnings are based on! It’ll always cost less than actually forking out for a tour.
We aren’t students any more, but when I went to South America, I still had a valid in-date student card and was able to get some great discounts, especially on famous sights in Rio de Janeiro. You’ll also get lots of discounts throughout Europe, so it’s definitely worth bringing your student card with you on your travels.
Tonnes of hotels and hostels include breakfast in their rate, but if they don’t, you’ll often have the option to add it on. In Asia, this typically costs an extra $1-2 so it’s worth doing. When possible, we try and choose an accommodation option that includes our breakfast. That’s one less meal we have to worry about paying for! If you’re really tight on money, you could also book accommodation that has cooking facilities so you can cook your own lunch and dinner.
We’ve found this to be the case in many countries all around the world, such as Bolivia, France, Ireland, Peru, and Spain. Lunch time is the time of day you can get great meal deals in restaurants. Typically it could be a set menu for a low price (in Bolivia it’s $2 for a 3 course meal!), or all lunch dishes are $5, and things like that. So if you want cheaper food, then have your bigger meal at lunch time and something smaller for dinner.
In many countries, when you’re at a market or even trying to buy a tour from a local street vendor, haggling is expected. Of course there is a fine line between getting a great deal and offending someone. Naturally, when locals expect you to haggle, they start you off at a price that’s crazy high (something you would never pay back home), that’s because they expect you to cut it by half and start your negotiations from there. Sometimes, if you’re haggling for the sake of a couple of dollars it’s not worth it, so you may just want to pay the little extra. But haggling can be a lot of fun once you get the hang of it, and a great way to share a joke with a local!
I guess this also applies to all clothing. Basically pack enough clothes for a week. I’m not talking about full outfits either, it’s easy to bring 2 pairs of shorts and a couple of tops and suddenly you’ve got like 5 different outfits. But always pack a week's worth of underwear. I actually bring about 10 days worth, simply because I always seem to lose something.
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