I’m back at it again with another collaborative wanderlust post for you guys!! This one’s full of tips to help you see the world and not go broke while doing so!
For many people, traveling the world is their number one goal in life, and you can see why that’s the case. When you have the chance to see so many different cultures and parts of the world you know nothing about, the prospect is tantalizing. At the same time, many people put their travel ambitions on the back burner because they assume that they don’t have the kind of money that’s needed to make it happen.
It’s about time you realised that traveling the world is more than possible, no matter what your budget is. There are so many little things you can do to make traveling more affordable. Plenty of backpackers make their way around the world without much money at all, and they have a great time doing so. What’s stopping you from doing the same? The answer to that question is nothing.
Now it’s time to look at the things you can do to make traveling cheap and within your price range. The ideas you’re about to find out about prove that it’s possible for anyway to travel the entire globe on a small budget.
Focusing on Natural Experiences Helps Save Money
If you focus on doing things that are part of nature, the chances are they won’t cost any money at all. You can explore mountain ranges, swim in seas and camp in forests without spending money. Sure, you might need a tent for the last idea, but it’s not much to spend on a positive and fun-filled experience is it? If you focus on these things, you will spend less time worrying about how much money you’ve got left later in the trip.
You Don’t Need to Fall for Tourist Traps
Tourist trips are found in pretty much any place where you find tourists. Sure it’s a shame, but that’s the way it is. And after all, you don’t need to spend money in those tourist traps just because they’re there. Head out of the central zones where there are attractions fight for your attentions and all put pleading for your cash. You’ll find that the vast majority of authentic local places are not like that at all, so don’t let the expensive tourist traps suck you in.
Combine Sleeping and Traveling Whenever You Can
This is a trick that many backpackers and exploring use. If you travel by train or plane during the night, you can combine sleeping and travelling. So rather than paying for a train during the day and a hotel for that night, you could take a sleeper train to get you between two locations. It’s a nifty trick and it will save you a lot of money over the course of your travels if you’re going all the way around the globe. Be sure to make use of it.
Get Frequent Flyer Points
Frequent flyer points will help you a lot if you’re serious about going all the way around the globe. It is possible to find cheap flights, but why not make them even cheaper if you’ve got the chance to? Frequent flyer points offer you that chance. You will get further on less money if you do this, and what’s not to like about that? Anyone can make the most of them so research which airlines offer them and see how much money you could save using them.
You Can Earn While You Work
There’s nothing stopping you from working while you travel. This is how many people fund their travels, so why shouldn’t you? There are plenty of ways to do it; you could work as an English teacher, teaching kids English as a second language. Or you could do basic manual working every now and then when you need some cash in your hand. Alternatively, you could work digitally and simply do your job online as you travel from place to place.
Make Lunch Your Main Meal of the Day
If you’re going to be eating out a lot, it definitely makes sense to start making lunch the main meal of your day. That might sound strange but if you look at the menus of most restaurants, the lunch menus are cheaper than the dinner menus. It’s almost universally true. So by eating more at lunch and less at dinner, you will actually save quite a lot of money each and every day of the week. It’s something everyone should do while traveling.
Know Which Expensive Locations to Avoid
There are some locations that are more expensive than others. The food is more costly, as are the hotel rooms and pretty much everything else you might want to buy while you travel. So by learning which places are more expensive, you can be sure to skip past them and move only a more affordable location instead. It might mean doing more research than you might have done otherwise, but it’ll be worth it when you’re saving tons of money.
Fly on the Cheaper Days
Generally speaking, it’s much more expensive to fly on Fridays and weekends than it is to fly on Monday to Thursday. That’s because more people want to fly on those days, so you should save money on your transportation costs by only ever flying on the cheaper day. It’s simple to do this, so why shouldn’t you make the most of it? Sadly, many people don’t even realize the prices of flights change depending on the date and time. Just remember all this next time you’re booking.
The Internet Can Help You to Search for the Cheapest Place to Stay
The internet is there for a reason; and more often than not, that reason is to save you money. If you use all the options at your disposal, you will find cheap deals on hotel rooms, hostels or whatever else you’re looking for. Whether you’re looking for a Singapore room for rent or a Parisian hostel, the internet is there to serve you. Don’t just head to the nearest hotel because that’s almost never the best way to find a good deal.
Couch Surf When in Big Cities
If you’re willing to spend time sleeping on other people’s couches, you will certainly save a lot of money. Of course, it might not be ideal for the entirety of your trip but it’s worth doing when you’re visiting big cities where accommodation costs tend to be much higher. There are website that can link travelers like you with people who are willing to host guests on their sofa. You should at least try it once and see how it goes for you. It might be exactly what you need.
Eat in the Restaurants Where the Locals Eat
Some restaurants are aimed at tourists, and others cater for the locals. It’s definitely worth finding out which restaurants are which in the location you’re heading to. The places where the locals eat not only offer better food, but it also tends to be a lot cheaper than eating at the kinds of restaurants that are priced with foreign tourists firmly in mind. You don’t have to accept high prices in restaurants any longer because all it takes is a little awareness and a little research to find out about the culinary scene of the area.
Spend Some Time Camping
Camping is ideal because it doesn’t cost money, as we mentioned above. If you make the most of a decent camping experience in a nice location, it becomes better than many hotels anyway, so why not do it? It save money and gets you back closer to nature so it’s certainly worthwhile. Just make sure you take a small cooking stove with you.
If There Are Costly Things You Want to do, Book Early to Save
Not everything you’re going to want to do on your travels is going to be free and cheap. So how can you save money on those things? Usually, the simple answer is to book early and book online. This is pretty much always how you access the very best deals nowadays. Places want you to book as early as possible and that means they’ll offer incentives for you to book right now. It’s often possible to find discount coupons for popular attractions too.
You Don’t Have to Accumulate Trinkets and Souvenirs
Buying gifts and souvenirs from every place you visit is clearly not a good idea if the aim here is to spend money. Most gifts that you buy from places tend to be tacky and not particularly high quality. Take photos or find other ways to remember your trip. These ideas are often better in the long-term than buying trinkets that will probably be Theon.
These ideas offer you easy and sensible ways to travel without having to break the bank at any point along the way. Make the most of them and stop putting off your travel plans. No matter how small your budget is, traveling is possible for you as long as you plan and approach it in the right way.
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