Most people would agree that they’d love to travel more, but at some point, they have to think about their own personal finances. That’s usually when many travel plans get squashed. The good news is that you don’t have to be super-rich to travel frequently, as long as you know a few tricks of the trade. Here are some tips for traveling super-cheap.
Determine how important travel really is to you.
As we’ve said, most people would agree that they’d love to travel more, but if they don’t actively make traveling a priority, they likely won’t be checking it off their bucket list anytime soon. Why? They’ll focus on the things in their life that are priorities, and those are the things they’ll spend their money on. So, if you want to travel more (albeit on a budget), make it a priority and dedicate a budget toward your travel wishes.
So, now that you’ve made it a priority, here are some specific ways to travel cheaply.
Get a job.
If your lifestyle and personal situation allow it, why not work overseas? You’d be surprised how many opportunities are out there and how easily you can fund future travels while working overseas. Some of the common jobs folks will get in other countries are bartending, waiting tables, working ranches, dive instructors, cruise line employees and casino workers.
Be a teacher.
Specifically, teach English. You’d be surprised how much money you can make teaching English in foreign countries. The qualifications are pretty easy to attain, too. All you really need is the ability to speak fluent English and a TEFL degree, although that isn’t always a requirement.
Fly for free.
Airfare is one of the most expensive components of traveling, so if you can score a free flight you’re already money ahead! It’s not hard to earn them, either. If you’re using credit cards, sign up for one that offers travel points and when you rack enough up, book a trip. If credit cards aren’t your thing you can also find deals by simply watching for them on airline sites and mailing lists and shopping at member stores to earn additional miles
One word: Airbnb
If you’re looking to stay a while at your travel destination, Airbnb can help you land some really nice accommodations for a ridiculously cheap price. Plus, when you rent from locals you can ask them about all the local hotspots for shopping, food, etc.
Get in the Kitchen.
Frequent budget travelers agree that one of the best ways to save money while traveling is to cook your own food. In most cases, a week’s worth of groceries cost about the same as a day’s worth of eating out.