20 Common Misconceptions About Budget Travel

7. You budget only if you’re broke

Quite the contrary! We just don’t like to waste our money. Sometimes, you can find a cheaper restaurant just by walking a few meters from a tourist spot.

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8. You have to share accommodations

Nearly all hostels have private rooms if that’s more your style.

And to be fair, if you’re a couple, it’s generally cheaper to book a double room in a hotel anyway.

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9. You don’t visit expensive countries

Nowadays there are enough tools to travel cheaply that you can easily visit any country on a budget. You can always do some couch surfing or housesit, for instance.

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