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
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7 ways traveling makes you sexy AF

by Alyssa Ramos
1

13 emotional stages you pass through when hiking the Inca Trail

by Lauren Williams

13 essential on-the-road philosophies for the broke, but passionate, shoestring traveller

by The Plaid Zebra
1

How to combat loneliness as a traveler

by Amanda Machado
17

6 realizations after a month of solo backpacking

by Hester Mourik
1

16 cheap and sustainably-minded gifts for travelers

by Sarah de los Cobos
1

Mortgage-phobia is changing the way young couples co-exist

by The Plaid Zebra
1

7 underground things to do in Berlin before they go mainstream

by Marcela FaƩ
2

After college: Why travel is right for your career

by Global Goulets
3

Seven legit ways to travel in Cuba

by Doree Simon
1

10 of the scariest travel stories you’ll hear this Halloween

by Alyssa Ramos
2

This is what hitchhikers and train hoppers really think

by The Plaid Zebra
6

25 signs it’s time to get the hell out of South America

by Rebecca Bellan

Here’s how I traveled 23 countries for free

by Yahoo! Travel
4

Travelling through Europe permanently is cheaper than the 9-5 life

by The Plaid Zebra
1

I traveled to the most rural part of Vietnam. Here’s why I never wanted to leave.

by Ben McKechnie
1

22 things you didn’t know about North Korea

by Mar Pages
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15 things I learned in Indonesia

by Lindsay Anne Williams
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