Deciding to travel can be quite a daunting thought in many ways, especially financially. Now, travelling can be pretty expensive, but if you put in the necessary effort, you can travel cheap, and in some cases even make a bit of money while you’re on the road.
This doesn’t just happen, though. There are certain steps that you have to take and certain things that you will have to cut back on in order to make this a reality.
Flights can be one of the most costly expenses when it comes to travelling and, in most cases, they are unavoidable.
As you may know, flight prices change on a daily basis, so it is possible to get cheaper flights. It just depends on when you book them.
I also talk about this in more detail in this post.
There is no magical date to get you the cheapest possible flight. A guideline to follow, is to book no sooner than two weeks before the day you leave. Somewhere in the 6-8 week range usually works.
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Finding affordable, yet still comfortable accommodation is the other main step to making your money go further as you travel.
There are a few really good options for you to consider:
- Airbnb – Airbnb is pretty much a cheaper alternative to staying in hotels. You arrange to stay in someone’s house/apartment when they are not there. As well as being cheaper than most hotels, it’s also better if you’re wanting to immerse yourself more in the culture. You can find some pretty awesome places to stay too. It’s not like you’ll be scraping by with this option!
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- Couchsurfing – This is a similar setup to Airbnb, in that you are still staying in someone else’s place. Except they are still there and you just crash on their couch (or you may get a room). Now, although you don’t get a place to yourself, it shouldn’t cost you a thing (you should still show your appreciation by cooking a meal or something). It’s also a great way to meet local people from the area and make friends. Some hosts may even offer to show you around.
- Hostels – The third and final option is one of the most popular forms of accommodation (especially for travelers). While the setup similar to a hotel, hostels are often cheaper and they’re also a great way to meet other people, since you’ll sometimes be staying in shared rooms. And since lots of travelers use this method, you will likely meet other adventurers like yourselves!
3. Work Abroad
Picking up some odd work while you travel will help you keep costs down.
One very common way for travelers to pick up some extra dough is to actually work in hostels.
The work won’t be particularly exciting, but it will be easy enough and you’ll be able to make enough money to move on to the next place and keep your trip going for longer.
Another example is to find work on farms. Work will often involve things like fruit picking. Again, not the most exciting work but more than worth it when you’re able to see more of the world!
Just get creative when you’re looking for potential work. There are lots of opportunities out there!
4. Get a Job Abroad
Now, the difference between this one and the previous point, is that having a job abroad will not only mean that it’s cheaper to travel, but you may also be able to make a living while on the road.
I’ll give you a few examples:
- Freelance/Online Work – This can include a lot of different jobs. It’s pretty much any form of work where location isn’t an issue. One example is what I’m doing. I manage this blog/website full-time. This can be a great, rewarding tool because in order to keep the blog going, I have to travel, and in order to travel, I need to keep the blog going. Other examples of freelance work can include any kind of freelance programming work or working as a virtual assistant. The possibilities are nearly endless with this one!
- English Teaching – Many foreign countries are really desperate for English teachers so it can be really easy to find work. Sometimes you don’t even need a qualification (as long as you’re a native English speaker). Obviously it does help to have a qualification. The best option is probably TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). I’ve done this course myself and would recommend it to anyone interested in English teaching! English teachers also tend to be pretty well paid, but it does depend on what country you’re in.
There are obviously many more options, but – like before – get creative when you’re looking for things to do!
5. Study Abroad
For all the students out there!
Studying abroad can be one of the best things you can do at university, and it’s not necessarily as expensive as you would think.
Pursuing this option is great because, not only are you getting to see the world and gain valuable life experience, but you are also working towards your degree in the process!
6. Travel Apps
Technology has made traveling the world easier than ever.
There are countless travel apps that you can use to help you on your way.
Some can get you cheaper flights. Others find cheap hotel deals at the last-minute. There are even apps that provide you with popular things to do in the area.
Take advantage of modern-day technology to make your traveling experience cheaper and easier.
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In Preparation for Traveling
7. Limit Going Out
Yes, unfortunately you’re going to have to cut back on some things if you’re really serious about this whole travel thing.
One of those things is going out.
Whether that’s eating out, or grabbing drinks.
These costs will mount up and you’ll have less travel money to use.
This coincides with not eating out.
Cooking your own meals will save you a ton in the long run.
You can decide to take this a step further and meal plan. Making your meals for the week, in advance will not only save you more money, but also time. This is ideal if you work a lot and don’t think you have time to cook three times a day.
9. Sell Possessions
This may seem like a bit of an extreme step for some. But, if you’re serious about wanting to travel, it’s a no-brainer.
Clear out your home and I guarantee that you will find plenty of stuff that you don’t need and you could make money for a lot of this stuff.
Also, if you’re wanting to travel pretty much full-time, you’ll have no need for stuff like a car.
You could also rent out your place on Airbnb while you’re away so you’ll still be making money as you’re travelling.
See! You can gather the necessary funds. It just takes a little thought and effort.
10. Make it a Lifestyle
This one may be the most important.
You’ve got to commit to the process and make your life revolve around traveling. That includes everything I’ve already talked about.
Whether its finding cheap flights, cheap accommodation or finding work while you travel. Another one is traveling to cheap destinations.
Whether it’s limiting how much you eat out or deciding whether to sell your possessions.
It may seem like a lot, but it is achievable. You can make traveling a reality, and for not as much as you previously thought!
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