Ten Signs You’re a Budget Traveler

I’m up for a bit of luxury as much as the next person – when I’m travelling with my parents. On my own, I’ve noticed I’ll do some rather ridiculous things to save rather small amounts of money: after all, every penny I save while abroad is a penny I can use for the next trip. There are a lot of signs you’re a budget traveler – here are ten!

1. You’ll walk for kilometers just to avoid paying a tiny bus fare


2. You’ll book a flight with 2 extra layovers to save $50

3. Street food is your best friend


4. You would never exchange money at an airport

5. The word hotel has almost no meaning to you

6. Roaming plan for your phone? Why would you get that?

7. You’ll wear the same clothes for days because they’re all you could fit in a carryon


8. No matter how poorly Ryanair treats you, you won’t stop flying with them

9. Taxis are pure evil in your mind

10. You refuse to pay a dollar more for a hostel dorm with half the number of beds

Well, what’s the verdict? Are you a hardcore budget traveler? What signs am I missing?


  1. Katie @ Second-Hand Hedgehog says

    Definitely! Love this list, Bethany.

    I never understand why ANYBODY would exchange money in an airport. Surely they thought about currency earlier than that? It’s like selling someone a dollar for 90 cents. Madness! Also: pretty sure I’d eat street food even if I wasn’t travelling on a budget, as it’s usually delicious and a great way to get a flavour of the local area.

    I won’t pay extra for a room with fewer beds or ensuite, but I will pay that small amount extra for somewhere with curtains round the bed. It’s my new favourite thing in hostels, and I think they’re priceless in terms of the privacy they offer.

    • bethanydickey says

      I know right! I think a lot of people just assume it’s the right way to do it; ATM’s are definitely the way to go. You’re so right about street food, it’s an awesome way to interact with locals and try awesome new things!

      You know what I’ve never stayed somewhere with curtains around the bed!! That would totally solve my biggest problem with hostels…wow I hope that catches on.

  2. Franca says

    That sounds familiar! We are quite conscious of how much we spend whilst travelling, I guess this is why more than two and an half year later, we are still travelling full time 🙂

  3. Chloe Logan says

    Eeeek I exchange money at the airport, but only in Morocco! It’s technically illegal to bring in foreign currency, haha. But #1 is SO ON POINT. I walk on average 8-12 miles/day when traveling!

    Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

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