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There is this misconception that travelling needs a lot of money and that you need to be rich to travel. I am here to tell you that travelling does not need to be expensive and can be done by everyone. Here are 7 Ways to Save Money when you Travel.

Saving money when travelling doesn’t mean sitting somewhere foreign with no activities, stress, eating food you don’t like no staying somewhere uncomfortable. What I mean is lots of fun, activities, food, drinks and taking Instagram worthy photos!

I am a 22-year-old part time student and full-time worker. I don’t earn a lot of money, but I love beautiful things and new experiences. Whenever I travel, I need to make sure that there is a balance of adventure, comfort and within my budget. This is how I learnt all the tricks and tips that I will be sharing with you today and they have helped me a lot. I no longer worry about travel expenses, and I always make the most of my trips.


7 Ways save money when you travel.

    1. Book you flight in advance!

  1. To get a cheaper flight you will need to book your plane tickets well in advance. As soon as you decide on the dates you would like to travel secure your plane ticket and trust me you will come back to thank me. Generally, the price of plane tickets on domestic flights spike higher and higher closer to the flight date.
  2. A couple of months ago I paid about R1 600 for a return flight to Cape Town whereas my friends paid about R3 300 because they only booked later.
  3. If you have the money, make sure that purchasing your plane ticket is the first thing you do, your wallet will thank you.
    1. Book your accommodation in advance

  4. There is just something about booking for things in advance when travelling. Depending on which website you book on, it is also cheaper to book for accommodation way in advance. Remember, the more people that are booking the higher the demand meaning the higher the price. So, if you book in advance when people aren’t all booking at the same time you get to get the accommodation for a lesser price.
    1. Travel in groups

  5. What I have learnt is that the more the merrier, literally.. Travelling with a group of people means all expenses are shared meaning you spend less.
  6. All expenses such as transport, accommodation and food can all be divided by the number of individuals which ends up saving you a lot of money. Instead of paying for everything alone, all expenses will be shared.When you travel alone most places such as guest houses and Airbnb’s will charge a flat fee for a room that accommodates two people. For example, if the accommodation is supposed to be R600 per night for 2 people (R300 each person) because you are only alone, instead of charging your R300 they will still charge you the R600 which is supposed to be for 2 people (I am not sure if you get what I am trying to say).
  7. So, if possible, always try travel with friends or a partner because it will definitely save you a lot of costs.



  1. 4. Book a guest house or Airbnb instead of a hotel

  2. I understand that certain occasions need luxury hotels but trust me you will be much happier knowing that you have saved coins by finding luxury at an Airbnb or Guest house. There are a lot of Guest Houses and Airbnb’s that are beautiful and breath taking, you just need to take your time and search for the that most suits you. Yes, there can be a lot of perks of booking hotels however most of the time you do not need those perks on your holiday.websites to visit for travel discounts in south africa
    1. Use discounts and coupons all the way.

    A couple of weeks ago I published a blog post that talks about Websites to visit for Travel discounts.

  3. If you haven’t had a look at it, please do because it shares some great websites that I use all the time.
  4. These websites are good because they are versatile and have new activities and experiences added frequently. They are also in almost every province in South Africa so you can never go wrong with them. There is absolutely no need to pay full price when you can get something for way less! You can also check out the area you are visiting and see if there are any specials you can use. This will save you a lot of money and will make your stay a lot more enjoyable.
    1. Book self-catering accommodation.

    Self-catering accommodation is good because you will be able to monitor what you eat and won’t end up spending a lot on food that you could have cooked yourself. Yes, there are times where you just want to be pampered and don’t want to do anything however if you would like to save money, I recommend self-catering accommodation.

  5. This doesn’t have to be for every day or for each meal, for example I normally don’t mind making my own breakfast however I will make sure to go out for lunch and dinner. Also instead of getting someone to clean up after you, you can clean up after yourself and save a lot of money!


    1. Do not book activities and accommodation on peak days and travel for longer periods.

  1. I have learnt that when you stay for longer periods, your accommodation tends to get cheaper. This is because most Airbnb’s and Guest houses will give you a discount when your stay for longer than a specific period at their place.
  2. Another tip: if you book to stay during the week (Monday to Thursday) you tend to get cheaper rates unlike if you were booking on weekends (Friday to Sunday) this is because of that demand thing I spoke about in the beginning.
  3. Lastly if you book on “ordinary” days you also get cheaper rates unlike when booking on peak days such as holidays and weekends because the demand is more.At this point the Travel industry will want to kick me out because I am giving away too much information! 



  1. Those are my 7 ways to save money when you travel. Travelling is amazing but trust me it becomes miraculous when you travel on budget. There is a lot more tips I would like to share with you. If you want a part 2 please let me know!
  2. Thank you so much for reading, please leave a comment telling us how you save money when travelling. Please also don’t forget to like and share this post!


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