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The 3 Best Books About Travel in a Budget

Traveling for work or pleasure? Here are suggestions on how you can cut your travel costs.

By Borba de SouzaPublished 3 years ago Updated 2 years ago 4 min read
The 3 Best Books About Travel in a Budget
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Budget travel refers to travelers taking a low-cost approach to their travels. Most people associate the idea of budget traveling with packing a backpack and going on a trip around the world to third-world nations. But the term budget travel can also include domestic travel, such as visiting regional areas of your own country.

In fact, if you’re planning a long-term trip, it’s usually cheaper to do this than it is spending large amounts of money on airfares for each leg of your trip."

I love traveling. Although I have already been to several countries, there are still many others that are on my bucket list. Before I started traveling, I thought it would be an expensive hobby to have. But later discovered how inexpensive it actually is.

I’ve found some amazing tips and tricks along the way which have helped me save money on my trips. Here are some of the best books about budget travel which I recommend to anyone who wants to start traveling or even for seasoned travelers that want to learn new tricks

If you want to purchase any of the books listed below, click on the titles. They are affiliated links that will take you directly to the store.

Budget Travelers, Digital Nomads & Expats: The Ultimate Guide: 50 Tips, Tricks, Hacks and Ways to Free Stuff & Cheaper Flights, by Levi Borba

It's a great book, type of a complete guide for travelers. From tips little tips and hacks to a lots of big ones.

From scanning your itinerary when traveling in case your cellphone battery dies and can't charge to not to drink from bathroom cups at the 3 stars hotel and much more!

It's a must read for professionals, individuals, families and all types of travelers. I got alot of value out of this book because I travel alot and I speak 9 different languages (because of my traveling). I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes to travel often.

I thought I would know most of these tips and tricks but I was wrong. I learned A WHOLE LOT reading this and plan on implementing a few here and there once travel restrictions are lifted. A girl can plan. This is a great way to get started. This book will pay for itself. It would be silly not to buy it!

This book has me raring to go! I always thought I couldn't afford to travel the world, but with all the tips in Budget Travelers I've changed my mind. I found that even the tips for Expats and those relocating for their jobs had nuggets for me that will save me money and embarrassment. It never occurred to me that the best phrase to learn in another language was "I'm sorry." Or that the hotels and airlines had hidden perks they could give me. I am so excited for the world to reopen!! I highly recommend this book for all travelers.

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Third Edition: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter, by Matt Kepnes

I was all set to go on a 32-day trip to Iceland, Greece and Rome next month and was about to book my flights through Google Travel. I got a great price from Manila to Reykjavik but was puzzled about how to get the best (read cheapest) flights within Europe. Then I encountered this book.

I was skeptical about buying this book because I'm a well, "veteran" cheapo traveller. But I saved several hundred dollars instantly when I read about the various websites that Mr. Kepnes talked about in his book (specifically the ones that consolidate the low-cost airlines - not found in google travel). And over the next few days of booking accommodations, I continued saving. Well to be fair, the several hundred dollars savings was for me and four other friends - but still!

What a great book - excellent tips, well written and easily digested. I wish I had written such a useful book. The cost of the book is insignificant compared to what you would save even if you are a solo traveller so don't hesitate to get this book.

The Savvy Backpacker's Guide to Europe on a Budget: Advice on Trip Planning, Packing, Hostels & Lodging, Transportation & More! by James Feess

I’m in the process of planning a 10-week journey through Europe and the whole process has been a little overwhelming. That’s why I’m so happy I found this book. It has alleviated so much of my stress and it has made the whole planning process enjoyable.

This book covers pretty much everything you need to know about planning a trip to Europe — hostels, using the trains/rail passes, budget airlines, solo travel, itinerary tips, packing lists, rental apartments, travel strategies, eating on the cheap, and a lot more.

The book is written for people wanting to travel on a budget so there is a lot of advice about saving money. But the advice isn’t exclusively focused on doing everything as cheaply as possible; it also talks about getting the maximum value for the money you spend (your time is more valuable than money).

This book is great for budget-minded travelers in their 20s/30s but the advice is good for travelers of all ages. If you’ve already traveled to Europe a few times then you might already be familiar with a lot of the information in the book, but for new travelers, the tips in this book will save you a lot of time and money. I highly recommend it.

One final note: This book doesn’t contain information about specific destinations (i.e. it won’t tell you what to see/do/eat in London). It focuses on travel skills and planning advice. For destination-specific advice I recommend looking at guidebooks like Lonely Planet or Rick Steves.

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About the Creator

Borba de Souza

Writer and business founder that enjoys writing about history and culture.

Founder of Small Business Hacks https://www.youtube.com/c/SmallBusinessHacks and https://expatriateconsultancy.com. My published books: https://amzn.to/3tyxDe0

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