How To Save Money Travelling Abroad

Travelling abroad is an unforgettable experience although it can sometimes seem whilst overseas, your money evaporates and doesn’t go as far. It could be because travellers are more relaxed and spend less time counting their pennies but more likely it is simply that they are wasting their money on unnecessary costs.

Here are some annoying and unnecessary costs to avoid on your travels:


A coffee abroad can cost £2-5, or perhaps more if buying a fancy blended ice coffee from a global chain store. Travellers often overdo it on their first couple of weeks abroad and rely on coffee to keep them going drinking multiple cups a day. Just two cups of coffee a day can cost over £300 a month. Instead of going out to cafes every day, get yourself a cheap mug and make coffee where you’re staying. Even if your accommodation doesn’t have kitchen for travellers to use, it is likely another traveller will have a kettle you can borrow a couple of times a day.


Backpacker bars entice customer in with low costing cocktails ranging between £3-10, a lot less than back home in the UK. When you add up all of the drinks you have on a night out, travellers can easily spend over £100 on a night they may not remember. This is great a couple of times during a trip but going out every weekend really adds up. If you do want to go out and enjoy a few drinks in town, a great way to cut costs is to invite everyone to your accommodation first and enjoy a few drinks there, so that you don’t have to buy as many drinks out.

Tours At Attractions.

Museums and other tourist attractions advertise private or small group tours for a fee, but these are not always necessary. Often there are audio tours available in a range of different languages offering the same information for free. If there is no audio tour available, you can walk around and read each plaque learning information as you go.


Hostels and hotels often charge high costs per hour to access the internet. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of doing something online and your session timing out. It may be cheaper to find a local café with free internet. Buy the cheapest thing on the menu and spend the entire day in there using the internet for free for as long as you want.

Bottled Water.

It is not uncommon for tap water overseas to unsettle traveller’s stomachs, causing them to drink, cook and brush their teeth with bottled water. Buying five individual bottles of water each day, two to drink, one for a hot beverage, one to use for cooking and one to use brushing teeth, can cost over £150 each month. Some travellers aren’t aware that after boiling tap water, it is perfectly fine to drink. There is no need to waste precious bottled water on making tea or cooking pasta. Instead of buying thousands of individual bottles of water during your stay, purchase either a multi pack of water bottles or a 5L bottle of water and refill a bottle each day.

Branded Food.

Although it can be comforting to purchase the same brands overseas as you buy back home, it can be a big waste of money. A lot of these brands have been imported from the UK and are considerably more expansive than the local brands. You may know and trust the quality of the food but it’s not worth the price difference. Travellers who cook food themselves at their accommodation save a considerable amount of food and even more when they purchase non-branded local products.

Western Food.

A lot of the locals will not eat western food and it is only there for the tourists to enjoy, because of this it can be a lot more expensive than eating local take out. Not only is it more expensive, it doesn’t always taste the same as back home. Embrace the culture and eat the same as the locals.

Airport Food

With little competition, airport food is always more expensive than cafes and shops outside of the airport, and the same goes for food bought on airplanes. Instead of wasting money, bring food with you. If you are busy with packing and have no time to prepare your own snacks and meals, before heading to the airport. make a stop at a café or supermarket and pick up some ready to eat sandwiches and snacks, food will always be cheaper than buying at the airport. Be sure to check what foods and snacks you can bring on board the plane as different airlines have restrictions.

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