What would you do if you had unlimited funds? Would you buy an elephant? Throw it out of a moving car to tease passersby? Or would you, like many of us, choose to travel the world and experience exotic locales that you used to only dream of? I know I would. That dream is not too far removed from reality, if you know how to budget properly. Creating funds, and using those dollars strategically, is the key to globetrotting frugally and frequently. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite budget travel bloggers, and we highly recommend you follow their blogs and social media pages. This group of talented world travelers and writers will teach you how to scrimp and save, while also not breaking the bank on your next vacation.
“Welcome to A Little Adrift and thanks for stopping by. I’m Shannon O’Donnell, and this site has been my home since I left to travel around the world in 2008. I launched A Little Adrift as a way to share my journey, as well as share the hows and whys for others feeling adrift and looking for a change in their lives. Over the years, A Little Adrift evolved from a pure travelogue into a resource point to motivate and encourage other travelers through stories, advice, and photography. Readers have joined at all stages of the journey, some from my first musings from Sydney, others along the way as numerous international news publications featured A Little Adrift. I am humbled the community now spans more than 100 countries and tens of thousands of readers. Many members of the community dream of taking a similar trip and they use A Little Adrift to find the courage and resources to make international travel a reality.”
“Hi! I’m Neil and welcome to my wee travel blog. It all started back in 2005 with a last minute trip to South Africa. From there things have just spiralled and in 2010 I started this here very travel blog where you can find all sorts of useful info on backpacking, roadtrips, hostels, weekend breaks, volunteering … anything travel really.”
“Hi there, my name’s Steph and I’m a travel addict! Never one for staying at home and working for too long, I’ve always had to make sure I can travel cheap to fund my nomadic lifestyle. #BWSP was created to share with you the highs and lows of happy, healthy budget travel – the sort of real, wild, global adventuring that fires up minds and sets hearts racing. I hope you enjoy it!”
“My name is Kash Bhattacharya. Just call me Kash 😉 For 6 years, I’ve been travelling in style on a budget and challenging people to think differently about budget travel. So whether it is staying at a luxury hostel in Madrid or Tokyo or showing people where to find the best, authentic streetfood in a city, you’ll find it all here on this blog.”
“Since 2001, EuroCheapo has been dedicated to tracking down and recommending the best budget hotels in Europe’s most popular cities. Our editors hunt down and inspect hotels that are affordable, centrally located, and impeccably run. If they have an extra dash of personality, all the better. In our blog, we publish articles daily about ways to experience more for less while on the road, with budget tips for dining, shopping and sightseeing. Stay with us, and save in your sleep.”
“The internet world has been kind to me and helped me pursue my dream to travel long term. As of the time of writing, I’ve been travelling slowly for almost two years now and have been to China, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and India. I will travel even slower in the coming months and would probably stay put in one place for a couple of months while I work on this blog and other websites that I built in the past few years. Join me as I explore the world, one town at a time.”
“My mission is to inspire curiosity about the world and provide the tips and tools to help you see as much of the world as you can for yourself. I do this through all of the different articles here on Globetrottergirls.com, plus our housesitting book. At its core, however, GlobetrotterGirls.com remains the first-hand account of one girl exploring the world. I know not everyone wants to be nomadic like I am, which is why this site is for globetrotters at heart – independent travelers who are curious about the world around them. I believe that travel is a state of mind, requiring only curiosity and exploration wherever you are.”
“I am Hayley Simpson, a twenty-something Australian freelance writer (and whatever else keeps the travel funds healthy) who enjoys following her wandering footsteps to foreign places. I was born in Perth, Western Australia; raised in Townsville, Queensland; and currently call Melbourne, Victoria home. I know, I am a total nomad. I have difficulty sitting still. I created this blog initially because it combined my two passions: travel and writing. I have since written about my home in Townsville, my year living in Brisbane, my expat experience in Vancouver, my solo travel across Canada and the United States and my current life in Melbourne. I have also turned my focus to complementing each post with beautiful images. I can usually be found writing about budget and solo travel, plus random life reflections. I want to inspire you to lead the life you want to live. I know society’s expectations of how we should be living our lives can weigh you down. I know it can be uncomfortable, scary and also liberating to travel solo. I know that travelling as an introvert is a challenge. I have experienced all of these things and emotions — you are definitely not alone. But I believe life is too short and fleeting not to live it how your heart desires. So please, stick around and come along as I explore my own backyard and beyond. I can promise you it will be interesting, funny, enjoyable and always changing, cos that’s just how I roll. I don’t know where I will be next year, but I think that’s just part of the fun.”
“If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to travel cheaper, turn your dream trip into a reality, save money, or travel the world, you are in the right place! Every month, over 800,000 people visit this website to get inspiration and advice on planning their trip. This website will give you tested tips, advice, and suggestions so you can see more for less and make your dream trip a reality.”
“Hey guys, I’m Johnny Ward, Generation Y, Irish guy who just knew that there was more to life than a 40+ hour work week, a bland social calendar and a 2 week break in the sun each year. Now I work 10-20 hour weeks from my laptop anywhere on the planet, whilst on a full-time journey to travel to every country in the world. I’m a huge advocate of lifestyle design, so I’ve redesigned my lifestyle to allow me to follow my dreams, now I’m hoping I can help you follow yours…”
Rexy Edventures is a travel blog, set up in October 2011, chronicling the:
‘Adventures of a Deaf and Handsome Luxury Backpacker Travelling the Unexpected.’
Adventures – Ed truly has an adventurous spirit searching for his next big adrenaline fix.
Deaf Travel – Ed goes to prove that independent solo travel for deaf people is truly possible!
Handsome – A new addition to RexyEdventures.com. His readers’ appreciation of his selfies and poses of his travels has launched a section called Handsome Travels where he hopes to inspire any reader to take a trip by just one photo including a cheeky smile.
Luxury Backpacker – Appreciating more and more his small luxuries in life, yet, he still wants to travel on a budget. He gives you ‘luxury budget travel.’ Staying in luxury hostels, eating out in more local restaurants and undertaking more unique experiences, he hopes to inspire than anyone can travel on a budget even with luxury.
Travelling the Unexpected – Ed loves being pleasantly surprised at a new destination. He might just book his flight in and out of an unknown destination and discovers the place without any research or planning.
“Solo Traveler is a blog and more – it’s a community where people who share a passion for traveling alone exchange tips, suggestions and encouragement. On the blog we publish posts on the how and why of solo travel, We also have weekly posts on solo travel destinations and Top Pics generously contributed by readers.”
“I noticed something when I was researching my first European backpacking trip. I saw that most backpacking sites offered very little well-researched content — most information was just fluff. I spent countless hours wading through hundreds of websites, but I never found one site that gave me all the information I wanted. Then I went on my first trip to Europe. As a solo-traveler I got a lot of opportunities to talk to many other backpackers. I picked up a lot of helpful information from the experienced backpackers and I learned a lot of things that the guide books never talk about. After a few months of travel I noticed that many of the novice backpackers were struggling with the same issues I faced when was just starting out. When I returned home I was often asked for backpacking advice by my friends and I got the idea to create a high-quality site about backpacking in Europe — a site that I would want to actually use. My vision was to build a site that was well designed, user friendly, and had tons great information. This is how The Savvy Backpacker was born. I hope you find it useful.”
“Welcome to TravellerHannah! I am Hannah, a French and Spanish speaker from the UK. At the start of 2015 I left my job and England behind me, to backpack independently, cheaply and solo around South America. Read about how I travel, spending as little as possible while doing as the locals, and staying safe too. My travel stories will show you how I put my tips into practice to learn how locals live, wherever I go.”
“On vickyflipfloptravels.com you’ll find me having fun on my adventures and reporting back in the hope of giving you the confidence and knowledge to do the same. From city breaks, to days out in London, to two-week itineraries for some of the most popular long-haul destinations, I’ll write about whatever takes my interest. Sometimes I have a bit of money to splash, like on my Coachella road trip. Other times I’m on a strict budget, like when I spent two weeks in Vietnam on £300. What I always want to get out of my travels though, is value and experience.”