You want to travel to Panama, but you’re on a tight budget. Here are a few tips that may help you:
Flights and lodging will be cheaper if you come during the “off/rainy season”, which is May through October in Panama.
Flights: Try to book your flights to travel during mid-week (Tuesday through Thursday) as these flights are normally less full than other days of the week and prices may reflect it. In the US, Rumor has it that the best day and time to buy plane tickets is at 3pm eastern standard time on Tuesdays as many airlines update their sales on Monday evening and the adjustments finally reach the airline reservation sites by this time.
Lodging: There is alternative lodging available that will help you keep costs down.
Try Airbnb.com and VRBO.com as they may have cost effective places to stay.
For the adventurous traveler, try couchsurfing.org the rooms are free and having a host that lives here would give you access to a wealth of information from a local.
Hostals/hostels (potato/potatoe). There are plenty of hostals in Boquete from which to choose, Most of which have private rooms available and all of them have dorm rooms. Hostals normally have lockers available for valuables, common areas with TV and a communal kitchen. They are a great place to meet people and find out what is going on in town. The dorm rooms will be the cheapest as you will be sharing a room with multiple people. If you do decide to stay in a dorm room at a hostal, please see these tips
WWOOF ! This is an organization that sets you up to work at an organic farm or I’ve even seen hostals listed needing help. If you’re handy, I’m sure you can find a “job”. Your roof, bed and food is taken care of in trade for work. I understand it’s a very rewarding experience.