You don’t have to be rich to travel! If I can manage it (as well as millions of others) why can’t you? Also, I promise I’m not a trust-fund baby or anything, because that would be cheating! I manage this because I make travel my priority which makes it easier when it comes to saving money. If travel isn’t your priority, it will always seem like an impossible dream to you. If you ever (or have ever) find yourself saying, “I can’t travel because I don’t have enough money or [insert excuse]”, you need to learn how to save money while you travel.
Are you stuck in a shitty, boring, un-fulfilling job? Do you feel stuck? You want out? Here are some jobs you can get abroad to fund your travels and keep you on the road for as long as possible:
- Hostel worker
- Farm worker
- Tour guide
- Cruise ship worker
- Seasonal worker at ski resorts (I highly recommend this one!)
- English teacher (more on this in a bit)
People often think that getting a job abroad is damn near impossible and can be a very complicated process! This is far from the truth. You don’t need much experience and there is no need for any form of advanced degree! It may not be the most enjoyable job in the world but it will allow you to stay on the road and continue travelling. That’s a win in my book!
Maybe you really like your job but it’s keeping you tied down in one place? More and more people are becoming location independent and are making their jobs remote. If you don’t want to quit your job, see if you can arrange it to become remote and location independent.
Become an English Teacher
This is one of the most profitable jobs you can get abroad. It’s pretty easy to qualify too as all you need is to be a fluent English speaker (you may need a TEFL degree but this depends on the country you decide to go to). One other perk is that English teachers are in high demand, especially in Asian countries (Japan is looking for English teachers and English speakers, in general because of the Olympics in 2020).
Find Free Accommodation
There are lots of websites now that set you up to stay with locals for free! The most popular one of these services is Couchsurfing. It’s a great way to meet amazing new people and really immerse yourself in the culture. You may stay in a room, on a sofa, or on an air mattress, but it’s always free. Couchsurfing also has group meet-ups. This can be a great way to meet new people and build your real social network. Your hosts will often want to take you out and show you around the area. It’s like having your own personal tour guide! The best part is that they will know all of the best local spots, the cheapest – and tastiest – places to eat and everything that isn’t in your guide-book.
This is – by far – the cheapest way to get from place to place. It’s relatively safe to hitchhike in most parts of the world and this is yet another way to meet more interesting people!
If you can’t afford to go away somewhere yourself, why don’t you look after someone’s house while they’re away somewhere? Doing this allows you to stay in a certain location for a while without paying for accommodation. The best part of this is that you get an entire house to live in! A full kitchen to cook in, your own room to sleep in. Sounds like a win/win.
Cook Instead of Eat Out
It is nice to eat out when you’re travelling but you will save yourself a heck of a lot of money if you mainly stick to cooking your own meals. This is actually one of the best ways to save money while you travel. If you’re Couchsurfing, your host will most likely have a kitchen, as do hostels, so cooking is a viable option. If you don’t happen to have a kitchen to use, why not make things like sandwiches – food that doesn’t need to be made in a kitchen?
You don’t need to eat out every day just because you’re travelling. This won’t ruin your trip! In fact, it might even prolong it!
Get a Train Pass
If you don’t want to be stuck to a strict schedule – if travelling by train – it would make sense for you to get a train pass/rail card. This was one of the biggest money savers for me when I lived in Japan.
No matter how long you plan to travel for, it doesn’t need to cost tons of money. You don’t need thousands to travel. These tips (along with the ones from this post) prove that there are creative ways to get around the money problem in travel. The key is a mindset shift. Shifting away from “conventional” travel – full price flights, hotels and guided tours – to one of more focus and purpose – where all of the unessential is tossed and you are left with an attainable reality where travel is no longer a pipe dream (or a “once a year” thing), it is a lifestyle!
All that’s required is this mindset shift, a little out-of-the-box thinking and some creative ways to earn and save.
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