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#3 Whip up your own meals

For those on long road or backpacking trips, whipping up your own meals can be a lot more cost-effective. And it’s not like you have to survive on bread and water — do your research. For example, a DIY juicy steak for dinner will cost you less than ten dollars in places like Australia and New Zealand! Many serviced apartments and hostels also offer cooking facilities to prepare your food, so do take advantage of that. 

#4 Try Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is like staying in a hostel, except it’s always completely free-of-charge and you’ll be living with a local in his/her home. And if you’re keen on exploring the city, especially the non-touristy spots, who better to ask than a local? Many locals who open up their homes to travellers often take it upon themselves to show their guests around the city, making for a unique travel experience. However, be sure to do your research carefully, as there have also been horror stories of locals cancelling bookings at the last minute, or being downright nasty. 


#5 Use offline maps

Forget about overpriced data plans and rely on free wifi. However, it can be tough to find your way around the city since you won’t be able to access your navigational apps. Fortunately, maps.me is here to save the day. It provides detailed, offline maps of numerous cities for your phone and you can download it for free on the App Store or Google Play. Apps like Google Maps also allow you to download offline maps that you can access without a data connection. 

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