Most bohemian travelers prefer to live on a budget but that doesn’t mean the occasional splurge is off limits. Here are a few tips for traveling cheap while feeling loaded.

1) Befriend a Local

This is by far one of the best ways to travel free and fabulously. If you are traveling to visit a local, even better. When you make an effort to meet locals, it’s a great way to learn about their culture, discover off the beaten path restaurants and potentially make a lifelong friend. Another perk is that most locals own a car or know somebody who owns a car. While public transportation is a good option to use on a regular basis, buses and trains don’t always have routes to neighboring towns.

2) Find a “Local”

Even if you are passing through a city for a few days, finding a local bar where you can get to know the bartender and other patrons helps create a more comfortable environment. You may not get free drinks just because you become a regular, but going to a bar more than once gives you a more relaxed feeling and you won’t be just another face at the bar. While picking your local, make sure the drink list is within your budget. Then see if they offer happy hour specials.

3) Manage Spending without Obsessing

This can be a hard concept to master but it will most likely make your trip less stressful. While last minute flight and hotel deals can be tempting, sometimes it helps to book in advance. This way, you’ve already covered the major expenses, allowing you to focus on saving up for local transportation, daily meals, entertainment and anything else you are hoping to include on your cheap but luxurious trip. Try to stick to your budget but don’t punish yourself if you miss your goal one day.

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