As you may have guessed, I have a serious travel bug. I’m obsessed with discovering new places, and seeing everything the world has to offer. Every trip opens my eyes to something new, and introduces me to new cultures. I make friends wherever I go, and always come home with a great story. It’s the richest way to learn about our planet, and everything on it. You learn more in a few weeks than you learnt at your entire time at school. The only thing holding most of us back is the cost. Well, I’ve learnt a few tricks over the years. Let me show you some of the best cost-saving ways to travel.
Backpacking – Backpacking is the obvious choice for adventurers looking to save money. It’s also one of the best ways to see the world, period. If you’re going to visit a new place, you’ve got to get right into the heart of it. Live like a local, and explore the areas that aren’t in the guide book. Get off the beaten track, and let the road take you. You’ll meet new people, and discover things you never knew existed. Best of all, it’s cheap, and you spend the night in hostels all over the planet.
Road trippin’ – Another one of my favourite ways to travel is simply hitting the road. I love seeing the world from behind the wheel of the car. In fact, some of my most memorable trips were long road journeys. Again, you get to stop in new places, and take the road less travelled. You’ll have spontaneous adventures, and see the real heart of a country. Road trips can save you a lot of money too. If you take a travel trailer, you can pull over at the side of the road to get a night’s sleep! It will save you a fortune on hotels.
Work while you travel – I love to keep myself busy abroad by finding odd jobs. It’s another great way to meet new people, and keep your budget topped up along the way. It’s a chance to meet the locals, and learn more about the culture. You could try a simple bar job, or train as an au pair. Another option is starting a blog and using it to make a little money on your travels. Working along the way allows you to extend your trip, and give you some extra spending money.
Do a house swap – The biggest cost of any trip is usually the accommodation. Hotels cost a fortune, and all you’re going to do is fall asleep there! Instead, find alternatives to help keep the budget down. I often like to find a house swap, which means switching homes with someone abroad. You’ll spend some time living like a local in whichever country you choose.
Being on a budget shouldn’t stop you seeing the world. There are all sorts of alternatives out there to help you keep costs down. In fact, many of these tricks help you discover the world more intimately. Have you got any tricks of your own?