5 Budget Tips to Make Your Southeast Asia Trip More Affordable

Jessica Peterson

Visiting Southeast Asia might appear to be an expensive trip but there are certain tricks you can try to make it even more luxury and cheaper. Saving money on some aspects will enable you to splurge on others. It is easy to travel on a budget when you know how, so see some budget travel tips below to help you on your way.

Book your flights in advance

You might be able to find a bargain by booking last minute short haul flights, but when it comes to booking long haul it pays to plan in advance. Emirates flies to all southeast Asia destinations and you can find some good deals if you are flexible with your dates. By booking your flights in advance you’ll have your dates sorted, which gives you more time to plan the itinerary of the rest of your trip.

Travel light

Not only will traveling light make your trip easier it will make it cheaper too. You will avoid luggage charges on flights and transport and storage charges too. When traveling between a few different countries on your trip and on a budget, backpacking is your best option. Pack your backpack well, bringing minimum items and using packing cubes to maximize space.Make sure you leave some room for the souvenirs you’ll pick up along the way, if you don’t already have a versatile backpack, why not check out Gear Hungry’s guide to tactical backpacks to find the right one for you.

Eat street food

South east Asia is all about the street food. In fact, in places like Thailand locals will usually pick up their dinner from street carts save the cooking at home. There are so many flavors, smells filling the air and tastes to try. Street food here is amazingly cheap too, so you must try the local specialities as well as the mainstream choices. If you are on a budget this is the best way to eat. You’ll enjoy eating local as well as putting money directly in the pockets of local people too.

Use local transport

It is easy to get around in this part of the world and local transport is a quick and cheap way to travel. Yes, you might not have all the modern designs and comforts you are used to, but that is what traveling on a budget is all about. Plan your route and check ahead for bus and train routes before you travel. If you are planning on using taxis, then make sure you get into a licensed metered cab and never get into one you are unsure about.

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Stay safe and healthy

You will want to avoid getting sick on your travels. Not only do you not want to enjoy the whole of your trip without taking time out, you also want to keep yourself healthy as possible. Especially when you are on a budget. Make sure you get all of your travel injections, take your vitamins and don’t get too dehydrated. Take the basic precautions when it comes to food and water and avoid dangerous situations. Stay safe and healthy and you will have a fantastic time exploring this part of the world on a budget.

Are you planning a budget trip to Southeast Asia?

Take on board these five travel tips if you are planning a budget trip around Southeast Asia. You can expect an amazing experience in this part of the world and there is so much to see and do. Discover and explore without spending a fortune. A little planning and budgeting will go a long way.

Do you have any budget travel tips? Let fellow travelers know your hacks for budget travel in South east Asia by commenting below.

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Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island.
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  1. ruma dey baidya
    April 3, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Hi Jessica

    Just finished your beautifully written article and what stunning photos! Thanks for sharing.


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