Having fun on a tight budget can be tough especially if you live in a big city or anywhere where a lot of traveling is required. However, we found 5 ways anyone – families, friends, couples, or singles – can have a great time while still meeting their budget guidelines.

1. Check Out Markets

There’s no better way to soak up the atmosphere of a city than at the local market. From the aromas and flavors of fresh food to the fabrics and questionable souvenirs of arts and crafts stands, markets are a great source of entertainment and an insight into local lives. Remember to look out for the free food samples on offer. Whether it is regional ham at a stand in Barcelona’s La Boqueria Market or tasty cheese at a dairy stand in London’s Borough Market, you’ll get a great flavor for the city you’re visiting. (And who doesn’t love free food!?)

2. Museums 

Free museum visits are one of the pleasures of budget travel. To be sure, many of the world’s greatest museums charge relatively little in relation to the experiences they provide to visitors. 

The Smithsonian Institution is actually 19 separate museums and the National Zoo, all of which are free to visitors. Although you will pay for parking, admissions to both the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Villa are free of charge. St. Louis Art Museum actually sits amid some outstanding free attractions that include the St. Louis Zoo and extensive Forest Park to the west of downtown.

3. Walk Around a Park

Parks can often be a major city attraction such as the iconic Central Park in New York, the remarkable Keukenhof in Lisse, Netherlands, or the English Garden in Munich.

Pack yourself a picnic with a bottle of champers to enjoy in the park. You’ll save yourself a fortune by avoiding the restaurant with ‘beautiful park views’. You’re in the park, it doesn’t get much better than that!

4. Sightseeing

Downtown Toronto features quaint Victorian architecture that houses dozens of restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. Yorkville dining and shopping is upscale, and the galleries represent some of the finest Canadian and international artists. View beautiful Halton Homes for Sale and visit some great parks. If you have a dog, he will love this city. Not to mention numerous opportunities for outdoor-sports enthusiasts. If you like running or riding a bike, this is a great place to live in. 

5. University Performing Arts

If you live in or near a college town, there are likely to be university productions, concerts, and recitals that you can attend for a fraction of the cost of a Broadway show or professional performance. Also, local theater and choral groups put on shows throughout the year, especially around the holidays. Check your local paper for upcoming events.

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