With traveling being one of the most current trends with our generation now (kudos to all the travel posts on Facebook and Instagram), everyone seems to be clamoring for a chance to go abroad. That is, until they see the prices and calculate the budget. Now, don’t you shake your head and tearfully file traveling as a ‘what could’ve been’, you can still do it!

No, this doesn’t include Googling the selling price for a kidney (pretty sure that’s illegal, so please don’t). It’s all about organizing, prioritizing and planning. So this one’s for those of us with holes in our wallets. Here’s a short guide on how to have a wallet friendly trip abroad.

  1. Location, Location, Location

Before doing anything, first set a target location for your trip. Setting a location would help focus your planning to be as precise as it can be. Now, keep in mind that the further the location is, the more likely the price for air fares will be higher. (Remember: You are budget traveling.)

2. Survey and Research

Preparation is key. As in any plan, you have to survey your options. First of all, check out the average price ranges as different places have different costs.  Then, compare these prices with special promotions and deals from different outlets. When budget traveling, it’s important to always cover all your bases.

This kind of approach can be used on different parts of your trip, from airfare and accommodations to even activities during your stay. So, repeat after me: Research, Find Average, and keep an eye out for Promotions. Follow the steps, and start recording the approximate cost of the trip.

3. Book it early

After having completed step 1 and 2, now comes the actual spending. Buying the ticket a few days before flying off is a sure way to lose big bucks. Instead, place a deposit or booking on these things beforehand, and you’ll stand a chance to pay lesser than the usual walk-in. Of course, this step is more applicable to your air-ticket (to and fro, please) and also accommodation (for even more cheaper options, take a look at sites like Agoda and Airbnb).

4. Plan your trip

Now that you have a country to visit and a place to stay in, next would be your list of activities. This will be your itinerary. Find out the places you’d like to see and do near where you’ll be staying.  If you find something you’re interested in but it’s a bit far, just don’t forget to include the travel-fare in your projected budget.

5. Save up

The most obvious part of the list, remember your budget. Don’t go overboard with shopping sprees and always keep in mind what you have in hand. Allocate your funds according to day and activities to make sure you don’t run out! Don’t forget to include food and beverage funds and also emergency cash (I usually keep a customary USD 200.00, just in case).

Now, that the list is done and dusted, here’s another word of advice. While saving up for the trip, don’t forget to save up for after the trip. Traveling is all fun and dandy, until you return from it with no money for groceries.