Studies have shown that the number one factor that holds people back when it comes to seeing the world is money.
That’s a sad thought – that some of us aren’t able to get out there and see the world because we simply can’t afford it. Although a lot of people believe that it takes a sizeable budget to explore the world, that’s not actually the case. It’s a common misconception that traveling is expensive.
The truth is, if you’re smart about how you travel, it doesn’t have to be.
How you travel has a big impact on how expensive it is to see the world. Let’s let that sink in – how you choose to travel impacts how much it will cost you to see the world.
Believe it or not, there are thousands of travelers out there that travel on the smallest of budgets, and have the most incredible time doing so. You don’t have to be rich to travel, but you do have to be financially savvy.
There are plenty of ways that you can travel on a very small amount, but you have to take the time to look into and understand those methods. (This is something that a lot of travelers fail to do.)
If you’ve always dreamed of traveling the world but only have a small budget to work with, here’s what you need to do. Take note of these tips, and you can get out there and see the world, even on a shoestring budget!
If you want to see the world and aren’t picky about what you do, perhaps you could work abroad?
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There are thousands of travelers who choose to work as they travel. If you want to give your bank account a boost, working while you travel is a great way to do so.
You’ll find that in most areas that are popular with travelers, there are plenty of jobs available. These tend to be in waiting tables, cleaning, and bartending. There’s no need to be picky about what you do – you’re not looking for a career, just a way to top up your travel funds.
A lot of people who dream of traveling aren’t sure about working abroad, as they discount it as being too difficult. However, the reality is that it’s not hard to do, as long as you’re open to a range of jobs. If you’re not keen on working in the hospitality industry, then perhaps you should consider freelancing.
Do you have a transferable skill, such as being able to write or take quality photos?
If you do, you could offer a freelance content creation service, start a blog, or sell travel photos to travel bloggers or magazines. Find jobs that pay, and you can travel wherever you want to.
Have you ever thought about volunteering?
Whether you’re an animal lover or have always wanted to help people less fortunate than yourself, volunteering could be ideal. You won’t get paid for volunteering, but what you will get is free meals and somewhere to stay free of charge.
The most expensive part of traveling is often paying for your accommodation. So getting to stay somewhere for free will make traveling that little bit more affordable.
To see what volunteering opportunities are available, go online and do some research.
Start by writing a list of all the countries that you would like to visit and then Google volunteer projects in them. For example, in Borneo and Sumatra, you can work with orangutans. While in China, Argentina, and Burma you can volunteer to teach English as a foreign language. You can volunteer to help build houses in many countries in Africa.
There are various volunteering opportunities to choose from; it’s just a case of deciding where you would like to go.
Be like a tortoise
This might sound like a bit of a strange one, but a great way to make travel more affordable is to be like a tortoise and carry your accommodation with you.
The most expensive part of seeing the world is the cost of accommodation. So, instead of booking into hostels each night, it’s much cheaper to buy a tent or RV and sleep in that. The better of the two options is to buy an RV because that means you’ll be safe and secure. Plus, you should have everything that you need on board, from somewhere to cook to somewhere to sleep.
Believe it or not, you can pick up old RVs for incredibly cheap prices.
So, although getting an RV would require paying out a large amount of money at one time, it’s something that’s worth considering. Because, by opting to buy an RV, you won’t need to pay for accommodation, making it much cheaper to travel around. When you move
When you move on to another country, you could opt to drive in instead of flying or sell your RV and then buy another one when you arrive in the next place.
Be smart about how you book your travel
Whether you’re planning on flying from country to country, interrailing, or taking the bus, you need to be smart about how you book your travel.
How you go about booking things like your flights, can impact how expensive they are. Before booking a ticket for a flight, train journey, or any other mode of transport, take the time to compare your options. By doing so, you can work out which company tends to be cheapest to book through and save yourself money.
Let’s say, for example, you’re looking for a plane ticket.
Instead of searching online and seeing what comes up, use Google Flights, or another comparative plane ticket tool.
One of the best ways to use Google Flights is by ticking the ‘Best Flights’ box, to see which flight options are the cheapest and quickest. Another hack for saving money on the cost of your travel, be it travel via plane, train, or bus, is to book a ticket that gives you unlimited travel. For example, booking a round-the-world plane ticket.
Travel with friends
Travel tends to be much more affordable when you’re traveling with a friend because you can split the cost of most things.
So, consider finding a travel buddy to take on your trip with you, to help keep costs low. If you don’t have a friend or relative who would like to go traveling, then perhaps you could attempt to buddy up with another traveler that you meet?
Hostels are fantastic places for making friends, as everyone is just so friendly. So, if you want to find someone to travel with, starting in a hostel could be a good idea. Get to know a few other travelers and see if anyone might fancy partnering up and traveling together.
As well as saving you money traveling with a friend has plenty of other benefits.
It’s much safer to travel in pairs or larger groups, especially if you’re a female traveler. Plus, it’s nice to have someone to do things with – going island hopping is no fun alone.
Visit each destination in the off-season
A fantastic way to save money when traveling is to visit each place on your travel bucket list during the off-season.
In many countries, all the most popular travel destinations double the prices of everything in the peak season. From accommodation to food, the cost of almost everything goes up. This can make them far too expensive to visit.
To save money, aim to visit as many places as possible in the off-season. That way, you can help to keep travel costs as low as possible for yourself.
If you visit any countries in peak season, opt to work. There should be plenty of hours of work available, as well as some pretty good tips. This is especially true if you opt to work in hospitality or catering roles. Think bartending, waiting tables, or working as a tour guide, and you should be able to earn a high amount of money.
To find out when things are cheapest in each place, you’ll need to take the time to research the different destinations.
The good news is that different countries have different peak season times. So there should always be countries that are in their off season, while others are in peak season. This means that as long as you do your research properly, you can help to keep the cost of your trip as low as possible.
So there you have it, all the best tips and suggestions for seeing the world on a shoestring budget.
Believe it or not, it is possible to see the world on the smallest of budgets; it’s just a case of being smart about how you go about it. Take note of the advice above, and you can explore the world even if money is tight.
It’s just a case of thinking outside of the box and getting a little creative; that’s all.