Take advantage of alternative accommodation and off- seasons
Hostels and Airbnbs are a lot cheaper than hotels, but make sure that these are in safe neighbourhoods, and not too far from the airport and activities you’re interested in. If you’re open to it, don’t discount working while travelling; there are companies like Trusted Housesitters (trustedhousesitters.com) that can match you to house-sit or pet-sit while owners are away in exchange for a free stay. There are also platforms like Couchsurfing (couchsurfing.com) that allow you to barter in lieu of paying for accommodation, too. Do keep in mind that it’s always cost-effective to travel during the off-season, because everything is cheaper – the ticket, cost of tourist attractions, accommodations. And you can have just as great of a time.