As you all know, I’m all about saving money while traveling. Not counting the price of our airbnb and train ticket, I was actually able to get by on 100€ for 5 days in Prague – which even included picking up some bits and bobs for friends and some items to test out and share with you guys on LFB. Not one to keep travel secrets to myself, I thought I would share with you guys 5 more tips for saving money while traveling:

packed lunch in Prague - photography: Rae Tashman -

Enjoying a packed breakfast by the water in Prague

Prepare breakfast and split the costs

One of my favorite ways to save a bit of money when traveling and not staying at a hotel/b&b/motel that includes a complementary breakfast is to make my own. We did just that during our trip to Prague. It actually worked out great, as our group tally came to 5. Not only did we cut down on costs for breakfasts (preparing your own meals is almost always more cost-effective than eating out), we were able to split costs almost evenly throughout the 5 days – meaning each of us essentially only paid for groceries once.

Preparing things on your own also allows everyone to easily stick to whatever dietary preferences they may have, which came in handy as we were a group of 3 plant-based eaters and 2 omnivores. I kept things relatively light but filling enough to get my through hours of sight-seeing with soy yogurt and fruit as well as some bread with vegan butter and cucumbers.

Pack a travel thermos & snacks

I also brought along a travel thermos with me throughout the day, which came in handy since the weather in Prague was still relatively cool on most of our days (and actually kept my tea surprisingly hot for a good few hours!). Doing so also allowed me to save a bit of money during our many cafe breaks throughout the day. While everyone else enjoyed their latte macchiatos and coffees from Costa, I was just happily sipping away on my (FREE!) tea. We also packed some snacks throughout the week for a mid-day pick-me-up, which saved time AND money.

Make friends

So I don’t know about you guys, but even if I were to be in a relationship at the moment, I would probably still be on tinder. Now I’m not personally looking to have a polyamorous relationship (although if you are, power to you!), but I am always looking to make new friends. That’s right, you heard me, I’m one of those people who uses tinder as a friendship-making app.

Tinder in this regard is particularly awesome when traveling. In Prague, I met up with a guy who was happy to take a foreigner around for a few hours and teach them more about Prague. I probably learned more about the city and the Czech Republic from a historical and cultural perspective in those few hours than I did on the entire trip. The coolest part about hanging with locals is also that you save valuable amounts of time NOT walking around aimlessly with your nose in a map (or iphone a la google maps) only to double back and realize that the two places you wanted to visit were literally a street length apart. You can also always return the favor when your newfound friend makes it over to your neck of the woods by showing them around and inviting them out for a beer!

Note: Now I know we are all adults here, and have relatively good heads on our shoulders, but I feel like I should still put some kind of disclaimer here: Now based on my experiences, think we tend to be too mistrustful of strangers, but that doesn’t mean that shit doesn’t go bad once in a while. Always use discretion when meeting new people you have never met before! No one wants a carefree holiday to turn into an episode of Dateline. If you do plan on meeting up with a local, do so in a public place with your friends around and make sure that the local is aware that your friends will be picking you up as well. If you get the feeling that things are going well, you can always change up your plans (but let your friends know!)

Also, honesty is the best policy. Just up for making new friends and learning more about wherever you are? Be upfront and transparent from the start and make it clear that you are simply looking to learn a little bit more about the new city you currently find yourself in so that your new male tour guide is on the same page as you. This will save you from any uncomfortable misunderstandings later. However, if you are looking for a romantic european weekend fling, go for it! Again, just use your own common sense.

Know where the free wifi is

Now I am not a big fan of giant chains and would much rather live in some blissful universe full of fair-trade coffee and happy cage-less animals running around until the end of their happy days, but even those of us who are very politically and ethically minded know that fair-trade coffee is generally 3x as much as what you might find at Dunkin’ Donuts. While it is important to live by your convictions, we are also limited by the amount of money on our own pay checks, so go ahead and pop into your local fast-food chain while traveling and use their free internet. On more than one occasion, we did just that and popped into Maccy D’s and Costa to make full use of the free wifi.

And hey, if you really want to stick it to the man, just pop into chains in very touristy areas, where no one will really be the wiser if you just slide into a booth and take full advantage of the free internet without buying anything. If you can’t really get on board with this idea, small fries only cost 35 Czech crown (1.29€) in Prague.

Put your blogging skills to work!

If you are a blogger and/or active on social media sites like instagram and twitter, traveling is a great opportunity to connect with different companies in new places. If you are confident in your numbers and have a media kit, do some research before arriving in at your destination and find out which cafes, or tourist attractions may be interested in working with you! Not every city or location is knowledgable about blogs, but reaching out to local businesses can never hurt. Hannah and I reached out to a few places in Prague and managed to score a free ticket to the Old Town Hall Tower and ate a lovely meal at Coffee Room as well.*

*This post seems to be full of all kinds of disclaimers, but I do want to mention one here. The aim of blogging should NOT be to get free things. However, if you treat your blog like a business and put in many hours of hard work each day into producing incredible content, and are able to connect with companies you really feel as if you can stand behind ethically, I personally think that is a great thing. Being given opportunities means that you are able to experience wonderful things that will make great content for your blog and social media channels. It also gives you a chance to spread the word about incredible places and businesses that you truly support.

My own convictions are very important to me and are the backbone of LFB as well. Conscious Lifestyle is all about making considered choices. I never engage in partnerships with companies that I would not privately support. However, I think that having an audience is a fantastic way for bloggers to promote businesses both small and large who are educational and/or paving the way for ethical and environmentally conscious production.

Photography: Rae Tashman

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  • Rae, this is such an amazing post. Definitely following these. I always bring an empty water bottle which I fill up with tap water on my travel journey so I’m saving lots of money on water alone. Thanks for sharing, love xx

    Hugs, Hannie from Missing Wanderer

  • I usually only eat out one meal a day, and for other meals it’s either complimentary breakfasts or just lots of sandwiches and carbs! Thanks for your tips!

    nat – Dignifiable

  • Love the idea of packing a thermos! When traveling, the thing that eats up money up is eating/drinking so anything to help cut costs is always welcome :)

  • i always try to find inn/motel with complementary breakfast because i couldn’t be bothered to make a choice so early in the morning haha i always buy like one huge bottle (2L of content, less than a dollar here) of water and it usually lasts me all day. and i’m trying my best to not eat at a fancy restaurant. a careful and detailed planning beforehand should also include cheap places to eat. thank you for sharing your tips, rae! the last one is somewhat genius


  • Having a place with a kitchen and cooking together for some meals is always a good one! My friend jokes that if we run out of money for food while travelling we could always just go on dates with guys off tinder and hope they pay… I feel like that could go awkwardly hahaha!

  • Awesome tips! I will definitely utilize these when I go traveling next time :)

    Enclothed Cognition/Bloglovin

  • Love these tips! I have one of those amazing japanese thermoses that I never thought to bring on a trip, genius!!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

  • thanks for these tips! traveling can be financially draining. i also like to pack snacks and make my own food when I travel, plus with dietary restrictions im not starving while exploring. check out my latest post about budgeting for adventures =o)

  • I am so with you on food. I REALLY don’t like spending a lot on food when traveling, and love when places we stay have complimentary breakfast. The idea of a thermos sounds awesome, especially when friends like to go to cafes, haha.

  • Alona Bronstein

    This post is so great! From my experience, nothing saves money like packing snacks. I always get a bit hungry from walking a lot, and buying little snacks in every corner adds up to quite a bit of money. Loving these travel posts :) x Alona

  • Great post! I would love to be able to save more money, when I travel. And I will keep these tips for next time. Especially with the travel cup. Cause I always use waaaay to much money on coffee and te in other countries, haha.

  • Boy, I need this post in my life! I have a really bad habit of overspending when I’m away and then literally paying for the consequences when I get back. Your tips will hopefully help me to avoid that in the future x

  • These are great tips! While I’ve never travelled with a group as big as 5 (except for with family which is different) even if I’m travelling on my own I’ll usually always buy cereal or something simple to have for breakfast so that you don’t have to wake up and leave the house immediately to spend money on breakfast, you can eat and then go wherever you like and get some sightseeing or whatever you like done.

    I’ve never used Tinder overseas but one of my best friends did and he got to hang out with lots of local people who showed him around, and since he was travelling on his own I’m sure it was just nice to him to make a friend and have someone to sit and have a drink with.

    I’d never really thought about taking a thermos with me but that’s a really good idea if you know you’re going to want to have a hot drink in the mid-morning before it gets too cold to drink. I’ve always resented when you have to pay something like 3 euro (around $5 Au) for what is basically a cup of hot water and a teabag and a splash of milk when it costs the same to order a cappuccino which has a lot more work in it, so a thermos is a pretty good idea!

    Jessica –

  • sileas

    Wow you really made the most of your trip! I’d love to work with other companies, yet my numbers are still too small, but I’m working on it ;) Making friends is definitely the best way to understand a city but I never though of Tinder, haha! Great tips, Rae!

  • Great tips, Rae! I bank a lot on making friends or taking advantage of friends and family residing in cities I plan to visit. It really comes in handy. Also I think it is important to budget before you leave for a trip, writing down where you want to go and what you’d like to see/do. If there are cheap/free alternatives to activities I usually do them. If I really want to go somewhere where it will cost me, then of course, I have to see where I can recoup later.

  • These are really great tips! Leave travelling alone, I always look for free wifi, less using up my data for me! :P


  • Siffat Haider

    Knowing where the wifi is helps so much! Personally for me, I’ve found that being a blogger is a huge asset – I’ve been invited to eat at restaurants, which obviously saves a ton of money. These are all such great tips!

  • Kelsey & Kenecha
  • Great points! The wifi bit is really true, and when I was on holiday in Dubai, they didn’t seem to mind too much, if you just wanted to sit in to use the net lol

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  • Europe and SE Asia are great for free wifi everywhere, the US… Not so much..! I’ve not used Tinder, but yeah, why not use it to meet new friends…?! :)

  • Sophie Lee

    This post is totally helpful for me, thanks very much <3

    xoxo, Best Bags for Women and Men 2016

  • Such a great blog post!

    XO, Jessi

  • Free wifi for sure! Great ideas girlie.

    Dakota D.

  • Caliope Couture

    Wonderful tips! Absolutely agree on all of them. And loved reading your disclaimers, you can never be too careful ;)
    Christina ♥

  • It’s always helpful to pick up some extra tips for travelling on a budget! The one about preparing your own meals is great. As a vegan, it’s usually easier to take a packed lunch out, unless you’re in a particularly vegan friendly city. I like to cook for myself when I can and then you really enjoy splurging on eating out somewhere special. You’r brave meeting up with locals on tinder, I’m not sure I would have the balls for that! If you’re staying in air bnb though I guess you could always ask the host if they’re up for showing you around xx


  • That was really cool, I enjoyed this. The wi-fi trick is a must, who cares where it’s coming from. Especially if you can slunk in a booth for 20 mins without anyone noticing!

    Buckets & Spades

  • Definitely great tips!


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  • Diana Maria

    These tips are all so, so true! Free wifi is a definite must, and making your own food can honestly save you so much money. I agree that if you can stand behind a brand and you believe in what they represent, why not take on a new exciting project with them? All of your advice is so sound and genuine, I really enjoyed reading this post :)

    My Lovelier Days

  • Wow, you are so brave! I am such a scary cat when it comes to dating apps, which I know you use for meeting new people. I do watch a lot of Dateline, hehe! Anyways, thanks for the great traveling tips!