13 Top Budget Travel Bloggers

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Travel writer Eugene Fodor once said ‘you don’t have to be rich to travel well’, and we couldn’t agree more – infact, it makes us want to raid our (rather empty) piggy banks and take to the road. There’s something incredibly authentic about hearing tips straight from a traveller’s mouth. It can provide so much more than a guidebook as it comes with personal thoughts and insights creating the inspiration to take the journey ourselves!

Here at dealchecker HQ we’re all about finding the best travel bargains which is why we thought it would be rather apt to put together a list of the best budget travel bloggers – in our mighty opinion of course! Bloggers who not only have fab websites and content but have lots of wisdom when it comes to saving the pennies. Check them out below:


1. Chris – The Aussie Nomad

Chris says: “Budget travel isn’t about doing things on the cheap and missing out on the real experience. It’s about researching your destinations and activities to ensure that you get the most bang for your buck.”


2. Caz & Craig – yTravelBlog

Caz and Craig say: “Budget travel is the best way to stay travelling for longer. Prioritise your spending, travel slower, have adventures in nature, and do as the locals do. But, do make sure you factor those once in a lifetime experiences into your budget – travel is about the magic of those moments too.”


3. Ellis – Ellis Goes On Holiday

Ellis says: “The cost of travelling can be daunting but even though I travel on a budget I’ve never felt like I’ve missed out on anything. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite. I’ve been lucky enough to have had opportunities to save for travelling but whatever your budget there are ways of seeing the world without it costing the earth, whether it’s a gap year, a 2-week holiday from work or a city-break for a long weekend. The best advice I can give is to plan ahead but allow for some spontaneity. A bit of research will uncover deals and other options for making your trip more affordable but don’t forget to be open-minded and take opportunities when you find them. You might be surprised by what you find.”


4. Johnny Ward – OneStep4Ward

Johnny says: “Traveling on a budget isn’t about saving money day-to-day. It’s a mentality where you don’t fritter your money away on little things, because you know the big things are worth a few sacrifices. Don’t get to the end of the day and think “I only spent twenty bucks today” and go and blow the rest of the day’s budget on pizza and booze. It’s those daily saves that allow you to splurge on the Galapagos, Antarctica, Kilimanjaro. Keep your eyes on the prize”


5. Ed Rex – Rexy Edventures

Ed says: “Everyone loves getting great value for money hence this is why I love budget travel! You can gain a more authentic and local experience at any given destination that will offer great memories and deeper understanding of communities across the globe.”


6.Gabi (and family) – The Normadic Family

Gabi says: “Don’t purchase anything in advance. Just get there and you’ll find you can get whatever you want for half price.”


7. Neil Barnes – Backpacks and Bunkbeds

Neil says: “Just because you don’t have thousands to spend on travel does not mean you cannot experience a rich and fulfilling life whilst on the road.”


8. Leif – The Runaway Guide

Leif says: “There’s no past and no future, only a limitless now. You’ll never have enough money but you’ll always find a way. Read up, get inspired and hit the road.”


9. Becki Enright – Borders of Adventure

Becki says: “Budget is mainly about swapping fancy hotels for guesthouses and boutique hostels; eating street food rather than indulging in restaurants; seeking the help of locals rather than signing up to expensive tours. But budget travel is also relative to time and place, and personal choice. It can mean splurging on one thing and saving on something else down the line; sacrificing on some things to make way for more expensive experiences. Budget doesn’t always mean slumming it. It’s a measure of being frugal, with money and your choices.”


10. Jules & Christine – Don’t Forget To Move

Jules and Christine say: “For us budget travel isn’t just about saving a dollar (although that certainly helps us travel longer). Budget travel helps you unlock the authenticity of a country and learn about it from the perspective of a local. Eat, sleep, love and live like a local, it’s the only way to travel!”


11. Jeremy – TravelFREAK

Jeremy says: “Many people believe that traveling has to be expensive. I’ve found the exact opposite to be true.”


12. Mark Kahler – about travel

Mark says: “Many people who lack large travel budgets never see the world’s greatest places. Don’t give up too quickly! Find ways to make it affordable.”


13. Jackie Laulainen – The Budget-Minded Traveler

Jackie says: “Budget travel really isn’t about being able to afford travel or not. It’s about wanting to travel so badly that you make it happen regardless of how much money you make. It’s about setting your priorities straight, and having a perspective on spending that enables you to save for experiences rather than spend on unnecessary “things.” We are all capable of traveling the world if we really want to. You just have to decide to make it happen.”