Want to travel for months to an exotic destination like South America but don't have the cash?
Singapore blogger Hendric Tay travelled to four countries during a duration of 76 days, did a ton of activities, and amazingly, spent only $4,900 during the trip.
In his blog pohtecktoes.com, he teaches you how to scrimp and save, and also satisfy your wanderlust.
However he notes that, "This post isn't about how to use the least money possible to travel South America. It is about what you can do to travel smart and stretch your dollar, leaving more money for unique travel experiences."
He feels that travelling on a budget does not mean "eating crap food and bread all day".
Here are some of his advice he shared:
(1) Spend $20 a night on a hostel is preferable to spending $80 a night on a hotel, because you can use the extra cash to do other activities.
(2) Walk or take public transport for short distances unless you are really pressed for time.
(3) Long distance buses will be always be cheaper than flights, and can also be very comfortable.
(4) To prevent getting ripped off, always do some research before engaging in any activity.
(5) The art of bargaining is a very useful skill to pick up. From acting nonchalant to sweet talking, you can save on quite a few bucks to spend on other things with some effort.
(6) Try to walk a little further from the main streets, and dine at places where locals eat. These are usually cheaper and more authentic.
(7) Save on drinks: Avoid buying drinks while dining out. Water is better for you too.
(8) Carry a few pre-mixes from home on longer trips for when you miss Singaporean food. It's also cheaper and a great way to interact with other travellers in the hostels by sharing food.
A more detailed guide is available on his blog.
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