This post was originally published on November 3, 2015.
Travel can be expensive, especially when you’re solo
. Even if your destination is ridiculously affordable, airfare and unexpected expenses inevitably drain your bank account. There are multiple advantages to traveling, eating, and shopping like a local, however, and they’re not all about saving money. These options also provide a more intimate cultural experience, and often enable you to engage in a way that tours or more generic travel don't.
Sure, you’ll still get gouged if you’re in a touristy place (or sometimes just by virtue of your foreign status), but the cash-saving hacks ahead will still save you a few bucks — and also provide you with travel memories that'll last longer than most souvenirs. Go forth and experience.
Illustrated by Elliot Salazar