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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.

Photo: Ian MacKenzie

The 12 best budget destinations of 2019

Where to go on the Banana Pancake Trail that isn’t totally overrun with backpackers

The 15 coolest hostels in Europe

American Airlines has some sick new credit card deals that’ll have you on free flights next month

The 9 most affordable airlines to fly in business class

How to move to Costa Rica and live there on the cheap

The 8 best budget airlines for traveling on the cheap all year

The 10 best airlines to travel in economy

4 ways to save money on your trip to Melbourne

How to save money on your trip to Budapest

8 ways to save money on your trip to Toronto

How to go to the Olympics for free

How to save money on your trip to Philadelphia

15 ways to save money on your trip to Hong Kong

How to save money on your trip to New Zealand

9 ways to save money in San Diego

How to save money on your trip to Seattle

How to keep costs down on your visit to Dublin

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