7 Ways You Can Travel to Asia for Under $25 a Day

Editor’s Note: We’d like to thank our guest blogger, Vincent Stokes, for writing this insightful contribution about international travel. We seriously want to travel to Asia now, especially now that we know we can do so on a budget. 

Creative Lodging Solutions is quickly expanding our scope into the international travel sector, with over 10% of annual trips outside the United States. If you’re an international CLS traveler, here are a few brilliant ideas for your moments of “bleisure” travel in beautiful and exotic Asia! Side note: Don’t forget to read this handy guide for what NOT to do when you’re there!

A trip to Asia can provide you with all kinds of excitement and enrichment. One of the benefits of Asia is that many diverse countries are so close to one another. On the other hand, travel on this continent is often costly. There are, however, some ways you can save money and see the best of Asia while staying within your budget.

1. Choose Cities That Offer Great Value
One of the best ways to save money on a trip to Asia is to focus on cheaper Asian cities rather than costly ones in certain parts of Asia. Some of the best opportunities for value travel nowadays are in South Eastern Asia cities such as Bangkok, Saigon, Singapore, Manila, and Shanghai. These are all exciting, beautiful and culturally rich places where you can enjoy vacations for a fraction of the cost of other places in Asia.


2.Have Flexible Travel Dates
If you can be a little flexible about your arrival and return dates, you can often save substantially on airfares to Asia. The way online airline tickets are currently sold, it’s often possible to get the best fares if you book at the last minute. This strategy works best if you schedule your trip during off-peak seasons.


3. Save on Meals
One simple hack to cut down on your dining costs is to eat your main meal at lunch when prices are considerably lower. Another trick is to stay at a place where you can do your own cooking. Then you can shop at local grocery stores rather than eat out all the time. If that’s not possible, you can save money by finding food carts, which often offer dishes that are just as savory as anything you’ll find at a restaurant, though at a much lower cost.

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4. Buy Entertainment Passes
Many cities in Asia offer passes that provide you with entrance to museums and other attractions. Some are also valid on public transportation. This is often cheaper than paying for everything separately. Before buying a pass, make sure you do the math. If you only want to visit one or two attractions that the pass covers, it may not be worth it. Some passes are valid for a day, others for a week or longer.


5. Look For Free Tours
There are now many free walking tours in Asian cities. You may also be able to find free bike tours as well. These tours are just as informative and fun as ones that you’d have to pay for. This is a great way to see the major attractions of a place in a casual and economical manner. If the tour visits museums, historic sites or places where food is served, you’ll naturally have to pay for any goods or services you purchase.

6. Take Public Transportation
Most Asian cities have excellent public transportation. If you’re in Singapore, the Metro can take you almost anywhere you want to go. There are comparable bus, subway and tram systems throughout Asia. Walking and bicycles are also great ways to see many sights up close. You will see more and experience life more like a local when you walk, ride a bike or take public transportation rather than relying on rental cars, taxis or tour buses to take you everywhere.


7. Get a Rail Pass
If you want to visit several countries in Asia, your best option may be a rail pass. This is usually cheaper than flying or buying individual rail tickets. There are many different rail passes, so it’s important to do your research and choose the one that best suits your needs. Urban Rail is a great place to look for trains in Asia. A way to save even more on rail travel is to take overnight trains. Then you don’t have to stay at a hotel during those nights.

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