Travelling can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be expensive. Between transportation, accommodation, and food costs, finding room in your budget can be challenging for activities and entertainment. However, just because you’re on a tight budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fun and adventure on your trip.
In fact, there are plenty of free activities and experiences to be found in almost every destination around the world. From exploring beautiful parks and historic landmarks to attending local festivals and cultural events, there are many ways to make the most of your travels without spending a penny. Just ensure that you have all of your packing essentials and NATO watch straps in order to have a safe and successful travel.
In this article, we will explore some of the best free activities to do when travelling that will help you save money while still having an unforgettable experience.
Go For A Hike
If you want to see the natural beauty of a country, then there is no better way of doing this than going for a hike and exploring the natural environment. Wherever you go in the world, you are sure to find different wildlife, plants and sceneries to last you a lifetime.
With stunning natural scenery such as mountains, rivers and forests, and plenty of spaces to go for a splash in waterfalls and lakes, you will be able to experience them all when you go off the beaten path and go for an adventure because, at the end of the day, that’s what travelling is all about. It’s true what they say, a tourist carries a map when travelling, but a true traveller goes without one and enjoys life.
Whilst it is possible to just leave where you are staying and just start hiking, for the best experience you are going to want to go on a designated hiking trail. This can involve transportation costs, and if you are planning on trekking all day, you should also bring some food to keep you going.
Some trails can also cost an admission fee, but if you walk through the park, chances are you won’t have to pay.
Take A Free Walking Tour
Experience the best of a new city without breaking the bank by taking a free walking tour. You’ll meet up with a local guide who will take you to all the important landmarks and historic sites and will explain all of their significance along the way. These tours are usually led by local students or freelance guides who have grown up or spent a lot of time in the city.
Free walking tours are a great way to explore pedestrian-friendly cities like Poland, Paris, Berlin, Prague, Madrid, Sydney, and Rome. You can even find themed tours based on beer culture, street art, or historical events like WWII.
Although the tours are technically free, it’s customary to tip the guide at the end of the tour. The amount you tip depends on the length and quality of the tour, but anywhere from £5-£20 in local currency is usually sufficient. Some tours may also require a small amount of money for public transportation.
One potential downside is that some tours may have too many promotional stops, where the guide takes the group to local shops or restaurants and receives a commission or kickback. If you prefer to avoid these stops, you can always do your own self-guided free walking tour by finding a map online and exploring the sites on your own.
Visit A Free Museum
Museums have a wealth of free knowledge, and it is possible to visit many of the world’s best museums for free. Many countries off free museum entry in order to make their history, art and culture more accessible to visitors from all walks of life.
There are also some museums that do charge, but most of these offer a weekly or monthly free entry day, for example, the Sistine Chapel and museums in the Vatican City are free on the last Sunday of every month. Knowing this allows you to plan your trip accordingly. If you are a student, or on a specific type of holiday, then you may also be able to get free entry. Some museums will also have a certain amount of hours per day that are free entry. To plan your trip around these free entries, browse on the search engine and just type in “free entry to” (chosen museum) and some information will turn up.
View Stunning Architecture
It’s true that art and architecture are all around us, and exploring the city is a great way to appreciate the beauty and diversity of different styles. Walking through different neighbourhoods can reveal a lot about a city’s history and culture through its architecture.
Visiting museums and galleries can also be a great way to view art, but seeing it in its natural setting can add a different perspective and context. From the grandeur of government buildings to the intricate details of a historic home, each structure has its own story to tell.
It’s fascinating to see how different countries and cultures have influenced architecture over time, and how styles have evolved and merged. Visiting different cities can offer a glimpse into the unique architectural features of each place.
Whether you prefer the grandeur of ancient Greek temples or the sleek lines of modern skyscrapers, there’s something for everyone to appreciate in the world of architecture. So take a walk, explore, and open your eyes to the art that surrounds us every day.
Walk Through The Local Market
Shopping may not sound free, but if you window shop, this won’t cost you a thing. It can be difficult to resist temptation but it is a great way to learn about the country and local culture. It’s a great way to learn about different foods and products that the locals buy and sell to bystanders going about their regular daily lives.
Chances are when your browse through the markets you will find at least one thing that you never knew existed and will also learn at least one new thing. There is plenty of sensory stimulation for your nose, eyes and ears, but be careful not to touch anything as many store owners will charge you and make you purchase the item.
There are many types of markets to visit, it just all depends on what you want to see. Whether you want to see all the fresh produce from a farmer’s or fish market, check out new spices from a spice market or look for tourist souvenirs in the local bazaar or open-air market, the choices are endless, you just need to simply find one that suits you.
There are plenty of famous markets such as the floating markets in Vietnam, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul and the Bastille Market in Paris, the options are endless.
Wherever you go travelling, you are going to find free opportunities for things to do. You don’t always have to spend money to have an amazing adventure, sure, travelling to a museum can be worth it, but it’s also important to take some time with nature and explore the culture with a different view. If you are going on your travels, then finding these opportunities before you go can save you time and money.