The sad fact is that some of the coolest cities in the world are also the most expensive. But Budget Travel magazine did a feature story about doing Expensive Cities on the Cheap. Staying in hostels, taking public transportation and eating at local food stalls are classic Vagabonding strategies. This article included some destination-specific tips, like when museums have free admission and what attractions don’t require any money.
Of course, an even better way to save money would be to avoid expensive cities altogether. Check out Budget Travel magazine’s Top Destinations for 2009. One of the main themes seems to be, “bad for locals, but good for travelers.” Currency devaluations, civil unrest and plummeting tourist numbers can pay off for audacious vagabonders.