Traveling on a budget is not my favorite way.
It´s a necessary evil.
Being in Lisbon feels like getting in the T.A.R.D.I.S. and disappearing to another dimension where flavor and sounds differs and, contradictingly, are all the same.
When going to historical countries like Portugal I want to see, feel, touch and eat everything. I wish to taste all the city has to offer, try all the different wines and cheeses and feel the passage of time that has been such loyal companion; a senses experience which translates in going home without money if I don´t plan it accordingly.
It doesn´t have to be.
Besides choosing where to go, there are tips to follow in order to organize your budget.
First of all: DO NOT FREAK OUT! Although it may look overwhelming, they key to success is to not freak out (and write it down). Now go grab a piece of paper and something that writes. I´ll wait.
With that covered let´s keep on reading:
Lisbon on a Budget: How to
Lisbon is beautiful all year-long. For a cheaper approach on ticket price better fly out of tourist season and look for any sale/discount offered by you company. Also, compare different company prices and what they offer. Have into consideration that a 3-hours fly is not the same that 8-hours one.
Consider whether to use a rented car or to rely on Lisbon public transportation (I go for public transportation).
Time to choose where to sleep.
Having friends or family would be a great way to save in hostel/hotels; If not you can always look for places near a metro station or bus stops (it will help you enormously with transportation if you said no to rented car). There are great places where the night cost as much as 7 Euros. Find them!
Food and Entrainment
When making an itinerary have into consideration some points: are you going to eat, visit historical places and move outside the city? Are you trying to save money during the trip? Plan ahead, sketch the activities you are going to take part on and limit the amount of time you eat out.
If you plan to grab a taste of the gastronomy of the city make sure you find places where locals go, this would ensure you that quality and price are balanced ( don´t be shy and ask, portuguese people are good with their hospitality).
- by Julian Halsmaier
The planning on visiting historical places should go like a grocery list: look for day where discount or even free entry is offered and plan accordingly (usually is the first Sunday of each month). Consider free places to visit in Lisbon.
DO NOT overdue on souvenirs!
I know how hard is to ignore every beautiful piece that captures your eyes, but believe when I tell you: You only need a few of them (few = less than 4), don´t abuse.
Ensure that you phone has full battery before leaving the room; don´t even imagine leaving the house without it. In case you can´t figure out where in Marvel multiverse have you managed to get lost, GPS works perfectly in sync with the public transportation — it saved me a few time!