A lot of people claim that they don’t have the money to travel. But you don’t have to be rich to travel. No matter if you don’t earn a lot, or you have debt, there are still ways that you can travel around the world. Here is a guide to traveling frugally.
1. Work Overseas
Aren’t making the money you want at your job? Try getting a job overseas. There are lots of opportunities as long you aren’t picky. You aren’t looking for a career, just a way to travel. Some jobs you can get to help pay bills and fund trips: yacht worker, seasonal worker at a ski resort, casino worker, cruise ship worker, tour guide, dive instructor, farm worker, waitress, hostel worker, bartender, and au pair.
This isn’t that hard to do, either. You just need to be open. Advanced degrees aren’t typically required. Teaching English overseas is one of the best ways to do this. You can also do this virtually as long as you have good wi-fi.
2. Get Free Flights
There are a lot of ways to earn free flights. Get some travel credit cards, collect miles, and then get free flights. A lot will give you 50,000 points for signing up.
3. Stay with Locals
There are a lot of websites that will help match people with locals who will let you stay with them for free. Couchsurfing is a great site to check out. This is a great way to meet new people as well.
4. Use the Sharing Economy
The sharing economy can help you to find cheaper accommodations, home-cooked meals, rideshare options, and quirky tour guides. Try to find some of these websites to help you save on travel expenses. Websites like EatWith, BlaBlaCar, Vayable, and Airbnb are great options.
5. Walking Tour
The best way to learn about a city and get your bearings to take a free walking tour. 90% of the major cities in Europe offer these, and there are some in New Zealand, Australia, New York, South America, and Asian cities.
6. Cook Your Own Meals
If you spend money on groceries and cook your own meals, you could end up saving $150. If you are Couchsurfing, then you host will typically have a kitchen. Guesthouses, campsites, and hostels also have kitchens. If you don’t have a kitchen, try making sandwiches and salads. It’s not going to ruin your trip if you don’t eat out.