Wanderlust on a Budget: Unveiling the Secrets to Affordable Solo Travel for Women


You want to take that holiday, go on that retreat, have a transformational travel experience, but your bank balance and financial priorities aren’t matching your travel dreams.

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As a solo female traveler myself, with not a lot of disposable income I understand travel can seem unattainable. So I put together a little guide on fulfilling your travel dreams without breaking the bank. 

 I totally get the financial struggles that can often stand in the way of exploring the world.

But fear not, you can make it happen, and I hope to reveal the hidden gems that will enable you to embark on your solo adventures without a hefty price tag.

Let’s dive into the art of traveling affordably and the money-saving strategies to make your dreams a reality.


Budget-Oriented Saving Strategies for Solo Female Travelers:

  1. Embrace the Travel Fund: Create a dedicated travel savings account. Even if you can only afford to deposit a small amount each month, every cent adds up and takes you one step closer to your dream destination. This can be as little as $5.00 a week, or even any loose change hanging around at the bottom of your bag. Create a ‘TRAVEL DREAM”  jar to pop this into.
  2. Cutting Costs: Examine your monthly expenses and identify areas where you can make adjustments. Opt for a homemade coffee instead of the daily latte, cook at home more often, and reduce unnecessary expenditures. Redirect these savings to your travel fund, prioritizing your wanderlust.You’ll be surprised by ditching that one cafe coffee a week can add up.
  3. Supplement Your Income: Get creative with this one. Go through your closet, what old clothes or nick-nacks can you pop onto an “online market” or boot-sale and sell? Consider making items to sell at markets or online as a side hustle. As a solo female traveler, consider exploring part-time or freelance opportunities to earn some extra cash. Online platforms offer a plethora of gigs, ranging from virtual assistance to tutoring, providing you with the flexibility to work while planning your next adventure. This is especially a great option if you have Travel Agent, Accounting, VA, Teacher or Social Media skills.








Planning for Affordable Solo Travel

  1. Off-Peak Travel: Timing is crucial when it comes to affordability. Traveling during off-peak seasons often means lower airfare, accommodation, and attraction prices. Not to mention, you’ll avoid the crowds and have a more authentic experience, which can be especially appealing to solo female travelers. I personally love off peak season travel. Just check the weather patterns for the time of year you’re thinking of travel so it doesn’t coincide with hurricane, cyclone or raining seasons.
  2. Destination Research: Wanderlusters, be mindful of your budget and align your destination choices accordingly. Consider less touristy but equally captivating places where your money goes further, allowing you to delve deeper into the local culture without breaking the bank.E.G South East Asia is a magic place for affordable travel. I always check my budget (how much I am realistically going to save) when searching for new destinations to explore. Find out a rough “daily budget” as a guideline for your overall travel costs. 
  3. Slow Travel: . Solo female travelers can make the most of their budget by embracing slow travel. Resist the urge to rush from one place to another. Slow travel allows you to soak in the beauty of a destination while cutting transportation costs and getting discounts on longer stays. I am a proud advocate for slow travel, (if you can get the time away). Options like Workway, WWOOFing and HelpX not only help you save on your budget, embrace slow travel, but also connect you with local communities.








Money-Saving Tips for Solo Female Travelers: 

  1. Accommodation Alternatives: Embrace the variety of accommodation options available. Look beyond luxurious hotels and explore hostels, guesthouses, homestays, or even house-sitting opportunities, which can offer safety and a chance to connect with locals.Try and avoid the big corporate brands and look for accommodation that also supports sustainable travel. Making travel buddies and searching for distant family is another great way to connect and have an alternative place to stay, where you can  experience a new country the way locals do.
  2. Local Cuisine: One of the best ways for solo female travelers to immerse themselves in a new culture is through its food. Opt for local eateries and street food, not only for the authentic experience but also for the cost savings compared to touristy restaurants.The busier the place the better, don’t get too hung up in the athstetics, as if the locals are eating there and its busy, it must be good!
  3. Free and Low-Cost Activities: Research and uncover the free or budget-friendly activities at your destination. Parks, museums with discount days, walking tours (my fav), and community events are excellent options for enriching experiences without breaking the bank.
  4. Travel Passes and City Cards: Many cities offer travel passes or city cards that provide access to public transportation and discounted entry to attractions. These passes can save you significant money, especially if you plan on visiting multiple sites during your solo journey. Another consideration regarding transport is that when you book your accommodation if you are relying on public transport that it is relatively close to transport hubs, and a great place to base yourself to go walkabout. 
  5. Be Flexible: Go with the flow! Flexibility can be your greatest ally as a solo female traveler. Remain open to last-minute travel deals, discounts, or even flight detours that could lead you to unexpected and exciting adventures while staying within your budget. I always leave some days on my itinerary free as you just never know when plans might change or another exciting adventure opportunity pops up.



Travel is a privilege and truly not accessible to some, but for those of us that are fortunate enough, remember that the lack of finances should not be a barrier to exploring the wonders of our world, or even just your own backyard. 

With a well-planned budget, lots of planning ahead of time, smart saving strategies, a penchant for uncovering affordable gems, and don’t forget determination, you, as a solo female traveler, can make your travel dreams come true. 

So, embrace your wanderlust, pack your bags, and set forth on an adventure that will enrich your soul without emptying your wallet. Happy Travels!




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Gina Cambridge

Gina Cambridge

Your host and founder of Wanderlust Solo Women Tours and Wanderlust Travel Coach

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