Books and Magazines for Frugal Travelers

in Ecotourism, Green Travel, Travel Deals, Trip Planning

Let’s face it. Frugal traveling takes work. You need to research the best options so that you can get the most bang for your buck.

Luckily, there are many good references out there to help with this process.

Here are some suggestions of books and magazines that will guide you along your journey as a frugal traveler.

All of these titles are available on Amazon or many of your other favorite online bookstores.


Travel Happy, Budget Low

Susanna Zaraysky (2009)

With over 160 websites and 200 trips, Travel Happy, Budget Low helps international travelers discover how to travel on the cheap in planes, trains, and buses, how to find inexpensive meals, and how to book inexpensive hotel rooms or stay for free with locals.

How to Travel Practically Anywhere

Susan Stellin (2007)

New York Times contributor Susan Stellin provides readers with timesaving tips to navigate their travel planning, including how to negotiate fare prices or how to resolve issues when you are unhappy with your accommodations. A must read for ‘cheap’ travelers looking to get the most out of their travel experiences.

The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget

Rough Guides Series (2010)

This multi-contributor volume contains tips for finding the best deals while traveling through Europe, including transportation( by InterRail, Eurail or bus) tips, ideas for what to see and do in each country, current descriptions of the best hostels and budget hotels in Europe, bars in Europe, cafes, cheap restaurants, and European shopping and festivals. This guide is a must read for frugal travelers planning a European vacation. In general, the Rough Guide books tend to be full of great ideas for travelers on a budget.

The Little Budget Travel Book

David Ning (2009)

These books and magazines will give you plenty of tips on how to make the most of your time and money while traveling.

A concise guide, jam-packed with general tips for stretching your dollar while traveling. Even if you’ve been traveling frugally for a while, this is worth a read.

Live Your Road Trip Dream: Travel for a Year at the Cost of Staying Home

Phil White (2008)

Phil White gives readers helpful tips for planning the trip of a lifetime on a shoestring budget. A must read for frugal travelers looking to embark on an epic voyage.

Secret Hotels: Extraordinary Values in the World’s Most Stunning Destinations

Erik Torkells and the Editors of Budget Travel (2007)

From the editors of the magazine Budget Travel comes an array of breathtaking lodging options at reasonable prices (most listings are under $200 per night).

In general, the Let’s Go series also offers great advice for travelers on a budget. For more information, visit the company’s website at

Based in the UK, the graphically appealing Vice Travel Guides offer advice on off-the-beaten path travel destinations. For more information, see


Budget Travel

One of the best-known budget travel magazines on the market, Budget Travel provides readers with up-to-date tips on budget transportation, hotels, restaurants and activities in a variety of international locations. For more information, visit the magazine’s website at

Afar Magazine

Though not specifically about budget travel, Afar provides suggestions for alternative travel (humanitarian travel, volunteer travel, eco travel) and inspiring articles that will help to shape your travel philosophy. For more information, visit Afar’s online community at

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