Traveling can be a luxury at times. Flights are not known to be cheap, and if you want decent accommodation, you should be prepared to fork out a bit of money depending on where you’re traveling to. Seeing the world shouldn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, though. Whether you’re a student living off ramen noodles or just have a tight budget for whatever reason, we’ve listed some smart ways you can travel the globe while saving and even earning money.
Book in Advance You’ve most likely heard that flights can cost less if you buy them further in advance. How much you save can depend on whether you are flying domestic or internationally and also which country you are flying to specifically. For places like the Middle East or Africa, it’s recommended you start looking for your tickets around 215 days in advance of flying, whereas you could possibly get away with booking flights to places like Canada and Latin America as little as 70 days in advance. Using comparison websites can also be useful and can help you find the best deal.
Hostels vs. Hotels Hostels have a reputation for being specifically aimed at students or young people. Room sharing may not sound ideal, especially if you value your privacy; however, if you’re planning on being outdoors and exploring the city you’re in most of the time, it might be worth looking into some hostel accommodation. Surprisingly, there are many decent ones if you know where to look. Rooms can be segregated by gender and you can usually choose how many people you’re willing to share with.
Work Remotely Everything is about technology and the internet nowadays. As long as you have a trusty laptop and good internet connection, almost anything is possible. Examples of remote work include freelance writing (from copywriting to ghostwriting), graphic/web designing, and translating or teaching languages. Not only will you be able to have an income, but imagine working on a beach while sipping from a coconut!
Work Abroad If you don’t mind doing some work to earn extra money while traveling, this could be a smart option. There are various jobs you can look into, such as working in a hostel, where accommodation is normally provided free of charge. Au pair or bartender jobs are also popular. Cruise ship work – if you’re okay being off the land for long periods of time – is also a job worth considering. Not only is it possible for you to stay in high-quality crew accommodation, there’s also entertainment such as movie nights, theme parties, gyms, and dining halls – not to mention you get to see the world at the same time. Teaching English is very popular; all you need is a TEFL qualification, which you can obtain online. Schools in countries such as Thailand and Vietnam are always looking for teachers, and living expenses there are much cheaper compared to the western world.
Use Airbnb to Fund Your Travels If you own your own property, whether it be a flat, apartment, or house, it is possible for you to rent it out on Airbnb for travelers in your city. The money you receive from that can go toward – yep, you guessed it – your own travels. This is almost a win-win situation, and it covers most (if not all) of your own traveling expenses. The only problem is you may be dependent on other people and may find yourself only being able to travel certain times of the year.
Buying from Supermarkets Although it’s always nice to eat out and be served food in a restaurant without having to worry about the cooking and washing up, buying food from the supermarket while traveling can always save you a good amount of money. Not only this, it also gives you the opportunity to eat locally sourced and authentic foods.
Stay with Locals for Free This is known as Couchsurfing – although if you’re lucky, you may sometimes get a bed! Couchsurfing.com can connect you with hosts in different cities who can provide free accommodation without asking for anything in return. Not only does this give you the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, but if you have a kind enough host, they may even show you around the city. It’s a good idea to do some research and take extra caution if you are traveling alone, although most hosts are genuine and the service provided by Couchsurfing is reliable the majority of the time.
Travel Hacking If you’re a frequent flyer, then you may or may not already be in the know when it comes to working the system in terms of flying. For instance, frequent flyer miles, credit card sign up bonuses, and reward points can add up and give you a neat free flight. Yes, free flights do exist! There are a few different ways you can take advantage of this system. The first is the good old-fashioned way of earning reward points over time. Simply join a frequent flyer program and be a loyal repeat customer. The second way is through credit card travel rewards. You just need to own a credit card and meet the minimum spend requirement to earn points. You can then redeem the points for flights!
So there you have it: eight travel hacks that can help you save time and money. Of course, there are plenty of other ways you can travel on a budget, and combining a few tricks and tips will hopefully enable you to see the world without breaking your bank balance. Planning trips in advance is always advisable and there are endless comparison websites for flights and accommodation, which will help you get the most out of your money. You don’t have to be rich to see the wonders of the world – all it takes is some planning and preparation.