If you asked a room of people if they would travel the world if money was no object, you can guarantee that nearly all of them would say yes. Travel is a huge passion for many people, but unfortunately, the one thing that stops most of us doing it is money. If you’ve ever had to shun a trip of a lifetime because your finances wouldn’t stretch that far, you’ll know how disappointing it can be. You may also marvel at the amount of people who seem to spend months at a time traveling between countries, and assume that they have a rich family who is paying for them to do it. Whilst this may be true in some cases, in others, it may simply be down to these people knowing how to save money on the road. If you don’t want to put your travel dreams off for another day, read on to find out how you can do it all on a budget.
Build up your air miles
Fancy getting money off your flights, or even flying for free? This can all be possible now when you cash in your air miles. To do so, look into getting a credit card which supports an airline’s air miles scheme. You’ll need a good credit score to qualify for one of these, so make sure you check your report before applying and look at travel advice. Many air mile points schemes also allow you to up your points if you travel with a companion too. Some credit cards, such as the Venture card from Capital One, also don’t charge foreign transaction fees.
Look out for food deals
Nearly everyone knows the rule about where to eat when traveling. Avoiding the tourist areas is a must, as prices near popular attractions can be around three times more expensive than the local restaurants. But there are also other ways that you can cut down on your food spend if your budget is seriously tight. Lunch menu deals and set menus will be your best friend in this scenario. Quite often, a dish of the day that would normally be $50 on the evening menu can be priced down to $20 as part of a lunch deal. Keep your eyes and ears open and try to learn a bit of the local lingo, so you’ll be able to read signs advertising this.
Work on a farm in exchange for accommodation
Don’t mind getting your hands dirty? There are now hundreds of places where you can live on an organic farm for free, in exchange for your manual labour. It’s not something to be taken lightly as it requires a lot of hard work, but if you have found somewhere where you’d like to stay for a while, it’s a great way to ‘live’ in new country rather than just visit it. You don’t need any previous farming experience, just a willingness to muck in and commit to the cause! Plus, it can open doors to many other exciting opportunities.