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

Seven legit ways to travel in Cuba

by Doree Simon

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

by Alyssa Ramos

This is what hitchhikers and train hoppers really think

by The Plaid Zebra

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

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

by The Plaid Zebra

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

by Ben McKechnie

22 things you didn’t know about North Korea

by Mar Pages

15 things I learned in Indonesia

by Lindsay Anne Williams

Hey budget travelers, here’s another cheap way to overnight in NYC

by Carlo Alcos

Nicaragua’s second city is missing out on the country’s tourism boom. Here’s why that’s a good thing.

by Tomas Navia

9 Things That Only Happen When You Travel Solo

by Janet Newenham

How to travel the world for (almost) free

by Heart of a Vagabond

14 ways to have the time of your life for free in Canada this summer

by Kate Siobhan Mulligan

An open letter to all the arrogant first-time travelers out there, from a Third Culture Kid

by Cecilia Haynes

10 incredible experiences you can have for free around the globe

by Matt Hershberger

10 reasons why you should never visit Oaxaca

by Alejandra López

Why everyone studying abroad in Europe should visit Morocco

by WSA Writers
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