Budget in Paris. Photo: Ian MacKenzie

Budget + Backpacker

At Matador, we know firsthand that it doesn’t take tons of money to travel the world, and that you don’t even have to be a backpacker to travel on a budget (though sometimes it helps). We’ve compiled hundreds of valuable tips on how to travel for free (seriously), or close to it.

These include guides to places with lower costs of living as well as budget guides to pricier destinations, ideas for making money on the road, info on how to fund your travels through writing, photography, and filmmaking, and opportunities to travel or volunteer abroad for free.

We also have articles focused on the budget backpacker lifestyle.

Budget + Backpacker Articles

4 invaluable tips for traveling cheap in Tokyo

by Sam Bleakly

Why everyone studying abroad in Europe should visit Morocco

by Andy Steves

Plane tickets from New York to London are about to get insanely cheap

by Matt Hershberger

What $100 of travel money gets you in Morocco

by Alyssa James

Travel now: research suggests you’ll regret it if you don’t

by Matt Hershberger

6 realizations after a month of solo backpacking

by Hester Mourik

11 things to do in Vietnam while you’re still in your 20s

by Jacqueline Kehoe

The rucksack wanderer’s guide to Bhutan

by Tim Patterson

A budget guide to Stockholm

by Emmy Lennevald

An independent guide to snowboarding the Himalaya

by Richard Cashman

21 more crazy party hostels around the world

by Tom Gates

The 22 craziest party hostels around the world

by Matt Kepnes

How to walk across Europe

by Nick Hunt

What it’s like to visit Somaliland as a tourist

by Anna Rudycheva

How to ruin a trip to Hanoi, Vietnam

by Mailynn Stormon-Trinh

What it feels like to visit Bangkok for the first time

by Joe Batruny

8 things you can only experience in Laos

by Joe Batruny

5 off-the-radar ancient villages in south China (that don’t charge entrance fees)

by Gaetan Green
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