6 ways to save money on your next budget solo trip

Going on holiday alone is becoming more and more popular. In the past, going on vacation alone meant huge expenses and saving money for months in advance. Today, single travelers are more financially savvy and are doing their best to learn how to cut costs while traveling. To help you on your quest to save money on your next budget solo trip I came up with a list of budget travel tips. You can check them out below!

How to save money on your next budget solo trip

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Look for accommodation beyond hotels

When trying to find accommodation, broaden your search and don’t look only for hotels. Since you’re traveling alone and there’s nobody else to comment on how thrifty you are, you have a lot more options available. You can try looking for hostels, where you can share a room with other like-minded travelers. Or, you can try booking a bed and breakfast that offers rooms for single travelers, too.

woman on solo trip having breakfast in bed

Check if your accommodation comes with freebies

It doesn’t matter if you’re on a solo trip or traveling with friends. It doesn’t matter if this is a budget trip or a luxury one. Before booking any place to stay for the night or for a longer period, you should always know what is included in the price.

And, if you’re a budget traveler on a solo trip, it’s usually worth paying a bit more for the room if you get free breakfast and wi-fi. If the breakfast is generous, it means fewer snacks during the day or even having 2 meals instead of 3 that day. In the end, that means saving cash during your budget solo trip. And if you keep planning your stays and meals this way, you will save more money in the long run.

Avoid single supplements at all cost!

Remember how I mentioned that in the past solo trips meant spending a fortune? Well, single supplements are actually one of the reasons why budget solo travel was so difficult in the past. Many travel packages, hotels, and cruises have a price thought out for two travelers, usually. And they charge you because you’re traveling alone.

However, as solo travelers have started spreading their wings more and more in recent years, many cruises and travel companies have started to come up with better offers. Therefore, before paying for something, make sure the price was thought up while keeping solo travelers in mind, too.

woman on a budget solo trip negotiating travel deals

Work on your negotiation skills

Hotels may have a particular rate for a certain room type or period of time/day of the week. But depending on how pushy you are, you may be able to negotiate a good deal. It can work in your advantage to mention if you have a travel club membership, as this may bring up deals of which you were unaware.

Personally, I’m a pretty shy person and I almost never negotiate. However, my most recent guilty pleasure is watching Extreme Cheapskates. And I’m stunned over and over again not only by the fact that people ask for a discount for already cheap items but also by the fact that the seller never says no! Sellers seem to always want to keep their potential clients happy, so they give a lot of discounts. It’s up to you how pushy you want to be and, most of all, about what.

But even if you don’t feel like negotiating an offer, it never hurts to ask if there are any available discounts or benefits to take advantage of when you wish to book a place.

excellent food at lunch during a budget solo trip

Go out for lunch instead of dinner

Most restaurants have the same menu for lunch and dinner. However, in the afternoon you might be able to find some pretty convenient lunch offers. These usually include an entree and a main course or a main course with dessert, plus a drink. If you eat out at lunch, you can try the food you’re interested in and end up paying less.

For dinner, you can get a sandwich, some affordable street food or some other type of low-cost meal.

happy adaptable woman on a train

Keep your plans flexible

The best thing about traveling alone? You get to make all the decisions! So if saving money’s in your plans, you can always make changes as you go to avoid spending more than you’re comfortable with.

Search for stuff like “one seat only” / “one place left” deals, which airlines and other companies in this industry have difficulty getting rid of. This kind of deals must be taken on the spot, and they’re perfect for travelers going on budget solo trips. Solo travelers have the advantage of being independent and not needing to run their plans with someone else before taking action.

Going on a solo trip is known to be more expensive. But if you’re creative and keep an eye open for good deals, you can save money while going on holiday alone. Sky’s the limit when it comes to saving money during your budget solo trip!

Are you a solo traveler? How do you save money on your trips?
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21 Thoughts to “6 ways to save money on your next budget solo trip”

  1. I’ve never traveled solo before but this blog has me thinking?!?!

    1. I’m happy to hear that. You should give it a go!

  2. These are all great ideas! I especially agree with your point about going out for lunch instead of dinner. We always think of dinner as being so much nicer and more romantic, but it’s way cheaper going out for lunch!

    1. Correct! And with a bit of searching, lunch can be romantic, too. For example, we had a beautiful lunch on a boat in Prague, it was really nice to do that as a couple and much less expensive than the dinner option 🙂

  3. I think going out for amazing lunches is one of the best travel tips. You still get to try fancy, delicious food, but it is soooo much better value than going out in the evening. 😀

    1. Right, and in the evening you can just have a drink and get some snacks next to it. Especially since in some countries it’s customary to offer the snacks or even meze for free 🙂

  4. Going out for lunch is wise whether you are traveling solo or not. You save money and time and it is safer!

    1. I never thought about having lunch as a safety precaution, but you’re right!

  5. Quite useful tips. I have great negotiating skills but doesn’t end up being profitable😀

    1. Thanks. And me too, but I just don’t have the guts to negotiate outside a business meeting :))

  6. I think the tip about going out for lunch instead of dinner is great — I usually like to have my biggest meal mid-day anyway so that I am not too full when going to sleep. I wasn’t aware of the single supplements, so thank you for telling me, I’ll have to check I’m not getting overcharged when booking things in future.

  7. These are great solo travel tips. I often travel solo and I have put off plans for few destinations in the past because of high cost. These tips will be helpful in reducing the expenditure.

    1. So happy this is useful to you! I hope you get to check off those destinations from your list!

  8. I heard of house sitting being a good alternative ! I never tried it but if it works, it could help save alot on accommodation cost. Lunch for dinner is something I do alot. Nowadays I have light dinner only, so having heavy lunch can usually last me to the night with some snacking. However, that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t spend on the occasional dinner treat ! =p

    1. I heard of house sitting, too. The only downside is that unless you move really fast to contact the owner, the great ones disappear super fast. And sometimes it’s difficult to know how one can take leave from an office job without having a chat etc.

  9. Great tips. I almost always get breakfast included so I can have a big meal and skip lunch. Works for budget and time when you are sightseeing.

    1. I do that, too, unless breakfast takes a lot of time out of the start of the day and I am realy short on time. 🙂

  10. Great list for any solo travelers or even traveling on a budget. You’re right with flexibility, patience and extensive research you can land great deals and not overspend!

    1. Thank you Yara, glad you found this list useful!

  11. I always avoid single supplements because they are a waste of time and money. I would rather go to some motel and spend a night for half the price of these pricey airbnbs

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