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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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

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
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9 Things That Only Happen When You Travel Solo

by Janet Newenham
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How to travel the world for (almost) free

by Heart of a Vagabond
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14 ways to have the time of your life for free in Canada this summer

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

by Cecilia Haynes
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10 incredible experiences you can have for free around the globe

by Matt Hershberger
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10 reasons why you should never visit Oaxaca

by Alejandra López
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Why everyone studying abroad in Europe should visit Morocco

by Andy Steves
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4 invaluable tips for traveling cheap in Tokyo

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

by Matt Hershberger
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6 realizations after a month of solo backpacking

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

by Jacqueline Kehoe
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The rucksack wanderer’s guide to Bhutan

by Tim Patterson
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