What you should know to travel Malaysia on a budget

It isn’t uncommon for people to go travelling on a tight budget these days. In fact, most people are travelling with little to no money at all, and working while they travel to make ends meet. People just don’t want to wait until they’ve saved a lot of money to go; travelling is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so waiting just isn’t an option. Malaysia is on a lot of travellers’ lists, so here’s what you need to know to travel Malaysia on a budget:

Eat local food on the street

You need to eat around 3 times a day, depending on how hungry you get and your usual routine. The cost of eating can really add up, especially if you’re going to restaurants and eating out every day. You need to be smart when it comes to food. The cheapest food you’ll get is street food, and this can really help you to stretch your budget. Just be sure you buy your street food in a busy area, as the food will be fresher here. This is one of the most helpful tips you’ll find.

Agree on a price for transport or take the bus

When it comes to taking public transport, the bus can be the cheapest way to travel. However, many people find it daunting in comparison to taking buses at home. If you’d rather get a taxi, always agree on a price before getting in one. If you don’t, you’ll end up paying the fare for each seat; this is why lots of people opt to share taxis! Many of them don’t have a working metre either, so don’t rely on that. The smartest thing you can do is agree to a price beforehand.

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Pick accommodation carefully

Choose your accommodation very carefully in Malaysia. Do your research on budget hotels in Malaysia to find something that suits you. You may also want to look into hostels; they are much less scary than you first think.

Consider camping

Camping could also be an option in some parts of Malaysia, and this could really help you to cut back on your budget. Just make sure you’re confident enough to fend for yourself and sleep under the stars.

Don’t Drink in Malaysia

Don’t drink in Malaysia, or you’ll end up spending a lot of money. As it is a mostly muslim country, and drinking is frowned upon, they’ve jacked the price right up to discourage it. Save your drinking for countries where the alcohol is cheaper and it isn’t as frowned upon. Use your time in Malaysia to recuperate and explore.

Join free tours

Free tours are everywhere, so take a couple to get your bearings and learn about the area. There are lots of other free activities too; there’s no need to spend much at all.

Now you know these things, you should be able to save a large portion of your budget in Malaysia. Avoid throwing your money away and remember what you’ve read here – have an awesome time.

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