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
1

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

by Matt Hershberger
4

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
15

6 realizations after a month of solo backpacking

by Hester Mourik
3

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

by Jacqueline Kehoe
1

The rucksack wanderer’s guide to Bhutan

by Tim Patterson
6

A budget guide to Stockholm

by Emmy Lennevald
3

An independent guide to snowboarding the Himalaya

by Richard Cashman
29

21 more crazy party hostels around the world

by Tom Gates
137

The 22 craziest party hostels around the world

by Matt Kepnes
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
3

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
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