Budget

Budget

A GREAT ADVENTURE ON A DIME

With the following tips, I backpacked Mexico for 1.5 years and only spent $2000!

STAY FOR FREE: Use cheap/free places to stay:  Couchsurfing, WWOOF, Airbnb & house sitting. I used couchsurfing for most of my journey through Mexico and then only paid $5/night at a hostel for 2 nights.

EAT FOR CHEAP. Buy food on the street as opposed to the grocery store. Street food all over Mexico is delicious and cheap. It’s about $0.50 USD for a couple delicious tacos or a some freshly cut fruit on the street. Fresh veggies off the street are also super cheap! Never had a problem getting sick from the food. Maybe from eating too much of the food, but not from the food itself.

COME PREPARED WITH YOUR NEEDS I carried a little bag of pre-mixed spices with me everywhere so I didn’t have to buy whole bottles of them while traveling. I had a ziploc bag of garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt and pepper to season my veggies.

FLY FOR FREE. Accumulate airline miles and points for free flights. Apply for credit cards whose bonus points are high. My recommendation is to shoot for 40,000-50,000 points *that can be used on any airline* (ask which airlines they can be used on). Others like Southwest are good for domestic cheap flights. My favorite credit cards for this are: British Airways, Capital OneVenture, Barclaycard, Southwest & Chase sapphire.

TAKE PART IN AFFORDABLE CULTURAL EXPERIENCES. Go see museums, archaeological sites, national parks, and national treasures & famous landmarks. I never spent money on clubbing, alcohol or anything ‘lavish’ and had an amazing time.

CARPOOL. Apps like Blablacar are great for carpool. It’s about half the cost of the bus!

USE TRAVEL FRIENDLY CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS that do not charge foreign transaction fees and reimburse ATM fees. I used a Schwab debit card.

 

SPLURGE RARELY & ENJOY IT WHEN YOU DO!

 

CHEERS TO GREAT TRAVEL ON A DIME!