I recently asked subscribers of my newsletter about the number one thing that holds them back from traveling. The near-universal answer?
This is something I hear from everyone I talk to: “shruti, I simply don’t have enough money to travel.”
This problem — and how to overcome it — is my most asked question. I have answered this question in a many of posts, emails, tweets, and Facebook posts. Long-term readers might even be getting sick of me discussing this subject because it is one I talk about so much. But I know no matter how often I address this question, it will come up again.
Since this question comes up so often, I like to constantly remind people of this fact:
You do not need to be rich to travel.
Let’s repeat that.
You do not need to be rich to travel cheaply.
There are plenty of ways to travel cheap or for free. There are plenty of ways to travel around the world when you have no money if you’re willing to be creative.
Traveling spontaneously is great if you have the luxury of time and money to spare. But if you’re traveling on a budget, the first thing to do is come up with a plan. You don’t have to need a tight, hour-by-hour itinerary, but you should at least have an idea of how long you’ll be spending in each city or country, and know the route that your epic adventure will take. Leaving less to chance means less unexpected spends; last-minute flights and accommodation are often far more expensive.
avoid trips during the school holiday, this is when the travel industry hike up prices to take advantage of families who can only travel during
Large hostel dorm rooms are the cheapest paid accommodation out there this is your next best way to save money on a place to sleep. The bigger the dorm, the cheaper it will be. While a 4-6 bed dorm might give you more privacy, a 12-18 bed dorm is going to be a bit cheaper. In the long run, this will add up. As long as you’ve got earplugs, opt for the bigger door to keep your budget intact!
Are you a student, teacher, or under 28 Welcome to the world of 50%-off attraction and many discounts. Get a student/teacher/youth card and save big! Even if you’ve recently graduated, chances are you can still get by with your expired ID card (as long as it doesn’t have an expiry date). Always ask if there are discounts available for student or youth as this is an easy way to save tons of cash as you travel around.
There are so many ways to earn free flights these days. Sign up for a few travel credit cards, collect miles, and then fly for free. Most cards offer sign-up bonuses of 50,000 points — and if you sign up for both an airline card (e.g., a United Airlines card) and a general rewards card like the Chase Sapphire or AMEX card, you can combine the two-point balances and get a cheap flight faster.
By collecting points and miles through credit card bonuses, smart everyday spending, online surveys, bonuses, and other methods, you’ll accrue a ton of miles even before you’ve left for your trip. You can go a lot further in the world when you take away the cost of flights and some accommodation.
Especially return flights; running out of money abroad without a guaranteed ticket home is never ideal. Airlines ‘release’ their flight seats up to a year in advance and the closer you get to your departure date, the more the prices increase, especially in the last month
a. Camp or Hire a Campervan– We remained in France, Spain and Italy for multi month the previous summer in our tent. The campgrounds of Europe are extravagant finished with swimming pools, spas, eateries and now and then free transports to real attractions. This for under €20 per night. We leased a vehicle for €600 for multi month and paid under €500 for the long stretch of housing to camp through Europe! We stayed outdoors the distance from England to Mongolia, commonly for nothing! also, in New Zealand we procured a campervan to drive around and take as much time as is needed encountering the nation.
Our Campervan in New Zealand by AllWays Rentals
b. Spending Rooms – Chain inns are costly, rather search for autonomous visitor houses or B&B’s. You can remain in a shoreline cottage for under $10 in the event that you have the persistence to glance around for a deal. Utilize a manual like Lonely Planet to discover spending territories and lodging. It very well may be finished!
c. Lodgings – Save on your space to make the most of your time in your goal. Lodgings have made considerable progress as of late and you can discover huge numbers of the enhancements that you will discover in inns incorporating private rooms with shower and TV. In addition, most inns offer complimentary wireless internet and a kitchen to cook your suppers saving money on eating out.
d. Remain for Free – Housesitting,
attempting these facilities and open doors
e. Loft Rentals or Air BnB – We cherish utilizing condo rentals to set aside some cash. More individuals can remain together in one place to part the expense, and you can cook at home which will spare you a huge amount of cash. Furthermore, flat rentals are regularly in the core of all the activity at a small amount of the cost of
Want to learn about the city, get your bearings, and see the major sights? Take a free walking tour. You can find them in 90% of the major cities in Europe, and there are also a few in large Asian cities, South America, New York, Australia, and New Zealand. To find these tours, ask the local tourist office, your hostel staff (or just walk into a hostel and ask about them), or Google “free walking tour (city name).” Just be sure to tip at the end.
Food is usually the hardest area for me to estimate what I will spend. But think about where you’re going. If you’re traveling to western Europe, Australia or New Zealand, eating out will probably cost you approximately the same as it does in the US or Canada, maybe even a little bit more. If you’re going to South America or Southeast Asia, it should be cheaper in most cases.
Since it’s harder to get exact numbers for food, use your best judgment. For travel in Europe, a good estimate per day per person US$15 for lunch, US$20 for dinner, and a few more dollars for extras like a bottle of water or soda during the day. This does not include alcohol. Also, keep in mind that you can eat for a lot less than that if you don’t eat at expensive touristy places. And remember that most places outside of the US don’t do free refills.
Need some cash? Use Craigslist, TaskRabbit, Upwork, or Gumtree to find people who need a few things done around the house and get paid to help them. It’s a way to make money when you travel without committing to a long-term job. Additionally, if you have a skill, sell it. Offer haircuts to other travelers, busk for money, provide online services like editing or consulting. The sky is the limit here! You can also help people learn your native language through apps like Duolingo.
If you want to tighten up on your food budget, look for hotels or guesthous that include breakfast. Consider apartment rentals where you will have access to a kitchen. Even if you buy groceries and cook just a few times and always eat breakfast in the apartment, you will save money on your trip budget.
Outstanding amongst other approaches to profit for movement is to show English abroad. You can make a great deal of cash instructing — I recharged my movement reserves while working in Thailand, and I have had companions leave South Korea with a huge number of dollars in the bank. All you require is the capacity to communicate in English easily and possibly a TEFL degree, contingent upon the nation you work in. The world is longing for instructors, and this is an occupation sought after; numerous organizations in Asia will even pay for your trip over.
Furthermore, there are numerous sites and administrations out there that enable you to educate for all intents and purposes. For whatever length of time that you have an incredible wi-fi association, you can enable individuals to take in English from anyplace on the planet!
Will you be taking any tours on your vacation? Are there entrance fees for museums, parks, ruins, or other attractions? Do you plan on doing something more expensive like scuba diving or a hot air balloon ride? Add up these travel costs too, and make sure you know what is and is not included.
Working holidays are a brilliant way to afford to spend several months of the year (or more) living the travel dream: Teach skiing on a winter season, take care of holidaymakers travelling to the Mediterranean in the summer, or earn by teaching a language in Thailand; you could even freelance while traveling if you’re able to work “on the go”. The opportunities are literally endless