Photo by @zachspassport
Photo by @zachspassport

When we first set out to plan a trip, whatever our destination, budgeting is one of the most important steps of the process. We have to think about what each component of travel costs us: transportation, food, cultural sites, etc. It can also very well be the reverse, where our budget affects where we choose to travel. Budgeting may not be the most glamorous aspect of travel, but it is one of the most practical and most important, and we thought having a conversation within our community about our best practices would be helpful across the board in that respect.

This Thursday 10/22 at 2pm EST, we’ll be sharing our budget processes, our most successful trips, and our best advice for scrimping and saving when it comes to travel. We’ll be joined by co-hosts who are well-versed in the ups and downs of travel budgeting.

Monica Stott (@TheTravelHack): creator of The Travel Hack, harboring a wide spectrum of travel resources

If you are unavailable during the chat time but would still like to participate, feel free to schedule your tweets according to the times listed below:

Q1 – 2:00pm EST
Do you lay out a budget before setting off, or are you thrifty while traveling? (Or both?)

Q2 – 2:05pm EST
How do you start planning a budget for an upcoming trip? 

Q3 – 2:10pm EST
Is there a tool you find particularly helpful with budgeting your travels? Share it with us! 

Q4 – 2:15pm EST
What’s your biggest challenge in travel budgeting? 

Q5 – 2:20pm EST
What strategies do you use to save money while traveling? 

Q6 – 2:25pm EST
Share a photo from what you consider your best-budgeted trip. What did you do there that was different? 

Q7 – 2:30pm EST
What destination do you think is especially cost-effective? 

Q8 – 2:35pm EST
How do you best save money in a typically expensive destination?

Q9 – 2:40pm EST
What is your favorite travel activity that’s free? Share a photo!

Q10 – 2:45pm EST
What kind of travel do you think is easiest to save money on? Road trips, backpacking, etc.?

Q11 – 2:50pm EST
What’s your number one tip for saving while traveling? 

Q12 – 2:55pm EST
What is your next budget travel destination?