City Exploration For Budget Travelers


If you could travel to any city, where would you go? Maybe somewhere like New York City, London, or Melbourne? Those are some very popular choices for travellers, but you might have already noticed that those three cities have something in common with one another – they are very expensive places to visit! In fact, the majority of cities can end up eating into your bank balance and could leave you feeling very poor when you are ready to leave.

That doesn’t mean that budget travelers should totally eschew city travel, though. There are some ways you can keep your overall trip costs down to a minimum. Here’s how!

Travel Offseason
Every world destination has its high and low seasons. For instance, most locations in the northern hemisphere won’t get as many travelers visiting them from November to February as the weather won’t be too good through the winter season. As a result, the price of hotels and flights will be lower in an attempt to try and attract more tourists. So, it’s a good idea to research when the offseason is for your city of choice and see if you can find any great deals during that time. You should also bear in mind that public holidays and seasonal celebrations will push the price up, so try not to visit during these.

Research Local Blogs
There will be some restaurants and cafes that are total tourist traps. You know the ones I mean – they are often located close to the city’s biggest attractions and will be very expensive just to take advantage of all the visitors they get through their doors. It’s a good idea to try and stay well away from them. One way you can do that is by reading some local blogs like before you jet off on your trip. These will be full of great eateries just off the beaten track that are a lot more reasonably priced!

Look For Deals And Discounts
It’s also a good idea to try and find some special deals and discounts that you can use in shops, restaurants, and public transport in your destination as well. You should take a look at sites such as to see if you can get any codes for discounts on Uber trips in your chosen city. It’s also worth looking on the local tourist board’s website as they often have great deals on admission to attractions like museums and galleries.

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Hotel prices are often extremely expensive and hostels are increasing in price all the time now as well. Rather than staying in a hotel or hostel, you should consider booking an Airbnb room so that you can live like a local. These are often a lot cheaper and located away from the tourist hotspots and expensive eateries!

City travel doesn’t have to drain your bank balance. If you use all of the above tips, you will find that you can have a great time no matter your budget!

This is a collaborative post.

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