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Tips On Traveling Cheap For A Vagabonder (Yes, Hitchhiking Is One Of Them)

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Are you someone who enjoys traveling and immersing yourself in new cultures?  You might have what it takes to be a vagabonder.

While the carefree lifestyle a Vagabonder like me may seem out of reach, you don’t necessarily need to be rich to enjoy a life that allows you to have the freedom to travel. By understanding how to travel cheaply, you will be able to travel to various places without needing a huge bank account.

Below, we will be going over some of the top tips on traveling cheap I’ve learned over the 10+ years of traveling light…

Some Of The Best Tips For Traveling Cheap For A Vagabonder:

1. Take It Slow

One of the most important things that you should be keeping in mind when you are looking to save money while traveling is to take things very slow. You want to engage in the art of slow travel when you are looking to maximize savings while on a trip. The slower you travel, the more you will save.  Consequently, the more you’ll likely enjoy your travels!

It can be very easy to want to speed your travels up and try to see and experience everything. By doing this, you will find flight costs and other transportation and lodging costs adding up more and more. Slow down and you will be able to live more like a local in many places where it is cheap to do so.

2. Couch-Surfing

Over the years of traveling domestically and overseas, I’ve been able to accumulate a great, network of friends that don’t mind me setting up on their couch or guest room for a night or 2.

Also called “couch-surfing”, this is one of the very best ways to drastically the total costs of your trip because room and board is typically one of the more expensive aspects associated with traveling. Your accommodations are typically going to be around 50% of your total travel costs. Because of this, you want to try to work to cut down on the costs associated with this. Couch-surfing is one of the best ways to eliminate the need to spend money on your accommodations while you are traveling.

3. Hitchhiking

Once an acceptable norm of traveling in the United States, the art of hitchhiking has since died down with a perceived lack of safety.

There is a lot of fear-mongering going on about hitchhiking whether due to Hollywood or for other reasons. In many places, Hitchhiking is still widely used. This is one of the best ways you will be able to save a lot of money while you are traveling. The cost to get from one place to another can really add up the more you do it. By using this money-saving technique, you can cut the costs considerably. Even more, you will be able to immerse yourself with the locals and get advice from the locals that give you rides. In fact, they may even invite you to stay at their home which can further decrease the costs of your trips.

4. Be As Flexible As Possible

Another crucial tip that you are going to want to be certain that you are using when you are trying to save as much money as possible while traveling has to be maintaining optimal flexibility with your traveling plan. You want to be certain that you are not being too rigid in your plans because it can cause you to have to spend a lot more money than you would like. By maintaining a high level of flexibility, you should be able to pivot when it makes sense and save as much money on your journey.


Overall, there is a lot that you can do in order to save money when you are someone who is looking to travel a lot. By taking things slow and using the tips above, you should be able to cut down on the high costs typically associated with traveling. You should be looking to reduce the highest costs as much as possible which are your accommodation and transportation costs. Each of the tips above will help you do just that.

Despite what you see on the news, the United States of America is a beautiful country, filled with beautiful people and places. is a travelers site by Jim G. Thomason who since leaving college at the University Of London a year early in 2012 has been hiking, biking, hitching, and vagabonding America at his own leisurely pace. In no hurry, Jim shares the details, the people, and the secret of locales he's visited that most visitor people miss and only the locals know of. Enjoy!

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