Hey, why dont you travel? The number one answer to this is usually because I don’t have the money. This is something every travel blogger or writer hears 20 times a day.You do not need to be rich to travel, yes. Let’s chant that till we get it right. While in the old days travel was something only the exquisitely rich did but with the rise of places like Airbnb and couchsurfing its much more affordable and within range for the common person.
Traveling cheap is all about taking advantage of technology including apps and websites. Below are some ideas on traveling cheap before 2020 ends:
1.Find free accommodation
When it comes to traveling, ticket fare and accomodation are the biggest money culprits. Once you save on these the rest of the trip is like only a few dollars more. There are many services that connect travelers to locals who are willing to welcome them into their homes. Ideally, you cook a meal, take your host out for a drink or help them some other way around the house but if that doesn’t work. One of the famous cheap accommodation methods is couchsurfing and large dorms.
Hitchhiking is getting around the city for free. Many locals are willing to give you a ride as long as you are in their way. It’s safer and quite common in many parts around the world. Central America, Australia, Eastren Europe and New Zealand are one of the few. It has a bad reputation in some parts but nothing a bit of common sense and patience can’t fix. Be aware of the laws, keep your valuables on you, use a sign and look presentable.
Tight budget but really want to go somewhere? Consider a house sitting for someone while they go on their vacation. House sitting or pet sitting is the act of taking care of someone’s home or pets while they are away in exchange for living in their home.You can sign up on websites like trusted housesitters, home exchange and house carers etc. If luck is on your side, you will sometimes get a vehicle, a tip or free groceries even. May the force be with you!!
All you need is the ability to speak english fluently, a TEFL degree and you are good to go. If you have a university or college degree, you will be able to make more money although its not necessary in many countries. There are websites out there allowing virtual teaching, all you need is a wifi connection. Some of them are italki, VIPkid and Cambly.
5.Get a job overseas
If you aren’t making enough money or worst of all, working at a job you hate. This is the perfect opportunity to travel and work overseas. There are plenty of options as long as you are not too picky. After all this is for you to travel and not a permanent career. Some options will include
- Hostel worker
- Dive instructor
- Tour guide
Between all these options gone are the days of expensive hotel stays and overpriced flights. A little planning, research and creativity can get hope around the world for almost free. It all starts with a little courage and mindset shit. Make the intention, plan and go. We wish you the best of luck for your next trip.