Travel during Off-Season
I know not everyone has all the time in the world to travel, but if you are limited to a particular time of the year, opt for a destination that is in its off-season. Prices are at its peak during tourist season. Going places during the off-season means cheaper prices, shorter lines, and less crowds! It's all-in-all a better deal.
My boyfriend and I went to Iceland in February 2019. I found roundtrip flights from Detroit into Reykjavik for 210 USD. We rented a camper van for a week and the majority of camp sites were donation only. In the summer it can be 30-50 USD a night just to park your camper van at a campsite!
CouchSurfing or Staying at a Hostel
CouchSurfing is FREE and there is a HUGE online community out there. From my experience, even as a female traveler, it has been safe, but ALWAYS make sure the person is verified and read all the reviews. If you don't feel comfortable then opt for a hostel. Staying safe is the important thing. Hostels offer budget accommodation in dorm style rooms. Some hostels include free breakfast, walking tours, and pub crawls. Many hostels will typically have a list of events going on for the week and will help you with any activities you are hoping to do. It's also a great way to meet other travelers.
While food is one of the best parts about traveling, eating out 3 meals a day can get very expensive. Try cooking a couple meals a week instead and you will be surprised at how much money you can save. I love exploring the grocery stores in different countries, you never know what you will find! Get creative and don't be afraid to try new things.
Take Public Transportation
While Uber and taxis are typically the easiest solution, taking public buses and trains is a great money saving trick. It's also a good way to immerse yourself and learn how the majority of locals live.
If you have a student ID, bring it! There have been so many times I have beaten myself up wishing I had. Many tourist attractions will offer amazing deals and they'll sometimes even be free.
These are an awesome way to start earning points with your daily purchases. Most travel credit cards offer a huge sign up bonus, which can sometimes be 800 USD in travel! The annual fee for each card ranges so pick one that would best suite your lifestyle. If you really want to travel, they are a great way to go.
My first travel credit card was the CitiThankyou card. I got 600 USD in travel, which transferred to a free roundtrip flight to Romania. Since then I have flown to Vegas, Cuba, and several other places free or discounted.