Travel is one reason that causes many millennials to quit their boring jobs to see the world. Having said that, there’s a major hurdle that preventing people from traveling: money.
Traveling requires some considerable amount of money and meticulous budgeting. But hear this:
You actually can travel the world without a lot of money.
Follow these tips and practices that will allow you to travel the world without breaking the bank.
Get the cheapest ticket.
Have you ever noticed that flight prices increase a few times after searching flights in your browser? That’s because the cookies send data to those air travel sites. They tell the travel sites to increase the prices to “encourage” you to book the flight before the price increases.
Another good tip is trying to find the cheapest destination and date to fly. You can take advantage of tools like Kayak Explore that allows you to find the cheapest month to travel.
Once you’re in the desired region, don’t forget to maximize the use of regional low-cost airlines, trains and public buses to get to places.
Skip pricey hotels and go for cheaper accommodation.
Staying in hostels, homestays, or even on a stranger’s couch can save you a considerable amount of money. Most noteworthy, Hosteling International is a non-profit membership organization that aims to help global youth to learn more about people and cultures. They do that through quality and affordable hostel accommodation.
By now, almost everyone should know about the affordability of staying at Airbnb’s listed accommodations. Furthermore, Airbnb users can have a unique experience staying in places that range from a tree house to a castle.
Couchsurfing is another excellent option for budget travelers.
Couchsurfing enables travelers to stay with locals in every country on earth for free.
You can even join Couchsurfer communities that have weekly activities like language exchanges, dance classes, hikes and dinners.
Last but not the least, Booking.com is a good option to search for all type of accommodations anywhere in the world. You can find detailed information of the place, pictures of the rooms and reviews from other customers. Also, there are so many affordable possibilities with the option to cancel for free and pay when you arrive.
Sweat a little in exchange for room and board.
First of all, it’s fun to do things differently sometimes. Consider volunteering in exchange for free accommodation and food. Organizations like Workaway or HelpX enable fair exchange for budget travelers to get room and board by working with hosts.
You might not sweat from being an au pair since it’s basically babysitting. But it’s definitely one way to live a new adventure without having to spend any money. An au pair mostly lives with a local family and helps to take care of the children.
An au pair is given food, accommodation, and even a decent salary.
Do you speak English? Teach it while traveling.
If English is your first language, that itself opens the door to a myriad of English teaching jobs around the world. It’s possible to teach English in countries like Thailand or Vietnam with no teaching degree.
All you need is the willingness to learn, open to living in a new country and be confident in your English skills. You can find English teaching jobs through websites like Dave’s ESL café. A lot of these teaching jobs come with a decent salary, accommodation, and even in-country assistance.
If you’re a non-native English speaker, things can be a little challenging but not impossible. You can boost your profile by getting an English teaching certificate like TEFL or CELTA.
A lot of people have followed these tips one way or the other to travel the world. While you still need careful budgeting and planning, traveling the world doesn’t require a huge amount of money. Most of all, there’s only one thing that you need when you travel the world: a sense of adventure.
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