How to Plan a Vacation on a Budget

Tips for the travel lover who doesn’t have money growing on trees.

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Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today we’re going to be talking about ways you can travel if you’re on a budget.

Coming from a college student like myself, I KNOW #thestruggleisreal when is comes to money sometimes (or all the time). But, there’s so much to see and do out there, so why not go explore it?

Here are some of my top tips for exploring on a budget, and if you have any of your own, leave them below!

  1. Book ahead of time

By doing this, it helps the person providing the accommodations to prepare and not rush to get everything together at the last minute, which will definitely raise the prices for you!

This also goes for transportation. If you aren’t driving to get there, booking your flight ahead of time can and will save you money in the long run.

2. Use GasBuddy!

GasBuddy is an app that helps you track down the gas stations with the cheapest gas near you. It is updated regularly by customers and the gas station owners themselves, however sometimes it can be outdated, so be aware of that. Overall it’s a GREAT app to have.

3. Book flights on weekdays (such as Tuesdays)

Weekdays are obviously going to be cheaper than Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as less people are traveling on days such as Tuesday. This is the perfect opportunity to take that trip you’ve been dreaming of!

4. Try Airbnb

Airbnb’s are great for cheaper accommodations and unique experiences a hotel can’t provide. Get the app or look online and see what great options are available! Check out the host, reviews, and location of the place and make sure it’s a good fit before booking.

Remember, you don’t need to have a huge place to stay, especially if you’re on a budget. You’re traveling to see new places, make memories, and have a good time, NOT to stay in the most luxurious of accommodations. Obviously find one that is safe but keep in mind if you are on a budget it does not need to be fancy!

5. Get the experience of wherever you’re visiting, but be smart with how you spend your money! (There are free experiences wherever you go!)

I’ve always been one of those people (aka a foodie) who say “We should eat out while we’re here, because there’s places here we don’t have at home!” while out of town. While that’s true, that doesn’t mean you should go out to eat every single day. Find one or two places you really want to try, and the rest of the time you’re there make your own food. It saves money and it can be a fun experience, especially if you’re with others!

This goes for not only food, but other things as well, such as entertainment and shopping. In a tourist-y destination, you’re going to have entertainment and attractions that you’ll probably want to check out. Just don’t go overboard! Remember, there are free options and experiences wherever you go, and those can be just as much fun. As for shopping, allow yourself to get a souvenir or two, especially if you’ve never been there before. (I ALWAYS get a bumper sticker for my car when I visit a new place 🙂 )


Depending on where you go, a lot of places have coupon books at the destination site, and if not, you can try to find coupons for the restaurant, entertainment, attraction, shopping, etc. online. Take advantage of any deals going on with accommodation or transportation sites as well, such as seasonal offers.

7. Make a plan/budget so you’re aware of how much you’ll be spending BEFORE you go!

You don’t want to get there and have absolutely no clue how much money you’ll be spending. Trust me, I love the spontaneity of just packing up and leaving and not knowing where the road will take you, but you can have a general budget/plan in mind and still have some spontaneous moments to your trip.


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That’s it for this post guys! I hope you enjoyed it and don’t forget to leave a comment below sharing your thoughts and if you have any additional tips 🙂

Published by Cheyenne

travel and lifestyle blogger from Kentucky

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