2. travel like a local
Before you go, try to get a feel for the place you’re visiting and the area you’re staying in, so you’re not completely lost. If you need transportation when you get there, research that ahead of time too. Renting a car doesn’t have to be the only option. Try ridesharing apps or take public transportation, as these are low-cost alternatives to the more expensive car rentals.
Before you go, work out a daily budget. This way, you can make the most of your money without having to worry about it when you get there. When looking for things to do, search online for local hidden gems like beaches or experiences. Avoid tourist traps and gift shops as they are usually expensive and crowded. If you want souvenirs, check out local big box stores, as they usually have a pretty good selection for less.
When it comes to meals, if possible, cook for yourself, stay at a hotel or hostel that has free or cheap breakfast or, if you feel comfortable, talk to actual locals to find restaurants that are off the beaten path. These places are usually less expensive and often have the best food.
Don’t act completely like a local, though. If you’re traveling somewhere that has famous or important landmarks, try to work those into your budget instead of missing out.