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
7

How to walk across Europe

by Nick Hunt
3

What it’s like to visit Somaliland as a tourist

by Anna Rudycheva
3

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
2

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

by Gaetan Green

Why I don’t want any of you to go to Tofo, Mozambique

by Dikson
7

8 reasons Portugal is the best place to learn how to surf

by Marco Delgado
8

14 things you’ll learn as a first-time traveler to Southeast Asia

by Joe Batruny
1

Koh Rong: The last real party in Southeast Asia

by Lisette Cheresson
6

12 people you meet traveling in Portugal

by Marco Delgado
6

3 reasons you should ignore the media and travel to Egypt NOW

by Shawn Sippin
9

Budget travel guide to Oslo, Norway

by Katka Lapelosa
3

5 essential tips for budget travel in Germany

by Richard Stupart
2

Here’s a t-shirt rolling trick that will save you space in your luggage

by Carlo Alcos
13

10 reasons traveling the world for free is BS

by Alyssa James
11

Why traveling on your parents’ dime isn’t truly traveling

by Brian Gillikin
17

How to travel Iceland on a budget

by Candice Walsh
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