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

Infographic: how to travel the world for free

by Alice Latham

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

by Brian Gillikin

What it’s really like to travel to Tibet

by Mark Hay

23 free or ridiculously cheap things to do on your trip to Los Angeles

by Joshywashington

7 experiences you need to have in Bali before you die

by Brynn Utela

How to get discounted tickets for Broadway shows, museums, music, and movies in New York City

by Katka Lapelosov√°

13 emotional stages you pass through when hiking the Inca Trail

by Lauren Williams

7 ways traveling makes you sexy AF

by Alyssa Ramos

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

by The Plaid Zebra

How to combat loneliness as a traveler

by Amanda Machado

6 realizations after a month of solo backpacking

by Hester Mourik

16 cheap and sustainably-minded gifts for travelers

by Sarah de los Cobos

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

by The Plaid Zebra

7 underground things to do in Berlin before they go mainstream

by Marcela Faé

After college: Why travel is right for your career

by Global Goulets

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
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