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Editor's note: This post was originally published in May 2013 and has been updated as of December 2019. All prices were correct at the time of the original posting.
Welcome to Los Angeles! This sprawling, laid-back, perpetually sunny metropolis is the most diverse city in the US, in more ways than one. Each neighborhood has its own topography and vibe, and it's almost all worth exploring. Here are some tips for staying, eating, shopping, and playing cheaply in LA, while still soaking in the best that the city has to offer.
While a vacation can be an exciting way to get away from your day-to-day and explore a new place, it can be hard to really enjoy your trip if you're on a budget. You'll likely want to try the local cuisine, visit the must-see attractions and get the full experience. How can you do it all and stay within your means? It might seem impossible, but with some research and preparation, you'll be able to stay within your budget.
6 Ways to Enjoy Your Vacation While On a Budget …
1. Affordable Accommodations
If you're not planning on staying with friends or family while traveling, you should explore all of your options when it comes to accommodations. Though hotels can be nice (and convenient), staying in a hostel or using a rental accommodation site like Airbnb (use this link to get a $20 credit for your next trip) can save you a considerable amount of money.
Almost every city also has hostels available. In addition to being a more affordable option than a hotel, hostels also allow you to meet fellow travelers from around the globe. Many hostels will host dinners or sponsor other events to help guests meet and get to know one another during their stay.