10 Women Share Tips to Save Money While Traveling Solo

Rachel SmithOct 29, 2018

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When it comes to women , myths abound: It’s just not safe. You’ll get lonely. The list goes on.

But these 10 female bloggers have been traveling solo for years. Their blogs offer advice geared toward women about things like packing, food, safety and more, but today we’re looking at ways to save money when traveling solo. (There’s a good chance anyone can get some great ideas from this list.)

Ashley Fleckenstein from Ashley Abroad worked as an au pair in France in exchange for a place to stay and a small additional salary. She says typical duties include . This could be a good way to further explore a specific area, but you’ll need to stay awhile for this kind of job. She also says your accommodation could vary from living with the family to having your own apartment.

Another rent-free option is to become a housesitter, like Amanda Burger from Burger Abroad. Before traveling, she was a full-time, professional housesitter, but she considers it a barter system now. Her advice is to in caring for the home, and because many of these gigs come with pets, it helps to be an animal lover.

If you aren’t interested in working during your travels, a hostel might be a better fit. Michela Fantinel of Rocky Travel  to allow for meeting others and socializing, especially if it’s your first time traveling solo. Hostels tend to be less expensive than hotels, too.

If you have a sense of adventure and are looking to travel to remote destinations but don’t want to do it completely alone, you could join an overland tour, as Helen Davies from Helen in Wonderlust did for . She says that the benefits include built-in transport, accommodations and social connections. Budgets will differ based on location, and it’s important to know what expectations there are of travelers. She helped clean camp dishes as a part of her tour, for instance.

Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse suggests to avoid overpacking, save on baggage fees, avoid lost luggage and save time upon arrival. Kiersten Rich of The Blonde Abroad suggests that can mix and match to maximize your number of outfits. If you do need to do laundry while traveling, it’s likely still cheaper than.

Gloria Atanmo of The Blog Abroad writes that flexibility is key when traveling, and she tends to to ensure she can easily change her plans. Annette White, author and blogger behind Bucket List Journey, but warns not to keep it too strict.

You need to know the average rates in the areas you will be traveling to or exploring. Erica Villas of Girl Unspotted tells the story of and says it could have been avoided had she known what the average cab costs were. Also, do some research to without paying huge fees. Renuka Walter of Voyager for Life also warns about that can be budget busters.

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