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How to Master the Art of Budget Travel

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | September 08, 2016

How to Master the Art of Budget Travel

Traveling on a budget is a skill — and not one that is necessarily easy to come by — but pro-traveler Nomadic Matt (aka Matt Kepnes), author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day has shares some advice with Talia Lakritz of Insider

His book outlines in detail the ins and outs for everything from discount flights to saving in destinations but here are some of the basics. 

First, don’t book too early, he says. 

"You’ll be the person who ended up paying more than others," Kepnes tells Insider. "When it comes to travel, the early bird doesn’t always get the worm. Don’t be overeager. Wait for the deals."

Find cheaper food away from tourist attractions is another way to save. 

"When restaurants know people aren’t coming back, they don’t have to worry about consistent quality," he says. "However, local, non-touristy restaurants must be high quality or else locals will stop going there."

Using multiple search engines are another way to avoid paying higher prices for travel. 

READ MORE: What Are Low-Cost Airlines Really Like?

"All search engines have blind spots, no matter where they are in the world, but by limiting your searching to only the large search engines, you are reducing the chance you’ll find a deal," he tells Insider. 

Read more of Kepnes’ tips here


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