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

How to travel the world for free (seriously)

by Tim Patterson

What Australia’s “backpacker tax” means for travelers

by Paris Marx

8 myths that need to be debunked about long-term travel

by Kate Gilbert

I’m a traveler on a budget — not a budget traveler

by Rosie Spinks

How I saved $8,000 in four months by moving abroad

by Paris Marx

50 backpacking tips you need to know

by Matador Team

How I’ve lived nomadically for 3.5 years

by Elaina Giolando

This is why I hate the term ‘gap year.’

by Whitney Shindelar

7 things nobody tells you about backpacking

by Will Hatton

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

by Brian Gillikin

Infographic: how to travel the world for free

by Alice Latham

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 Lapelosová

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
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