How to travel when times are tight

The single most common thing that prevents people from heading out into the world and seeing new places, having new experiences and generally gaining some understanding of the way that the world works is money. Money makes the world go around, and it also helps you to get around the world, right? Well, yes, it always helps to have some cash with you to be able to get you from place to place, but the thing is, you don’t need to be rich to get away and travel the world. You don’t have to have buckets of money for luxury long-haul breaks to be able to see new things and enjoy new experiences. All you have to do is learn how to get yourself around without having to bust through your savings. You could be travelling with children or by yourself, no matter how you choose to do it, you can go and see the far corners of a world that has - until now - been off limits to you.

So, how can you get to those exotic places that you so want to see?

Work Abroad.
Look around your current work situation and ask yourself how you feel about it. Does your job bring you joy? Does it earn you enough money? Do you get enough out of it to make it something that you are incredibly proud of and loyal to? If you answer ‘no’ to any of those questions, then why not look further afield? Even if you have a family, you could make the choice to live and work anywhere in the world you want - skills pending, of course. You could use companies like Bonsai Finance to help you to attend interviews in the location of your choice. You could also take a year out to see the world, working your way around it to fund the trip of a lifetime. You don’t have to make a whole career out of working abroad; there are plenty of jobs out there that you can do to pick up cash. Here are some examples:
  • Bar work
  • Tutoring
  • Tour guide
  • Cruise ship worker
  • waitress/waiter.

All you need is to be open to the opportunities that working abroad can afford you. You’re not going to end up with a high-paying career that means you can carve out a future, but you are going to take on some jobs that can pay for your next ticket to the next destination. If you are fluent in any languages - including English - why not start teaching children abroad whose English is not as great. Teaching English as a second language is a great way to fund your travels.

There are many people out there that choose to travel by offering their services as a volunteer in exchange for a bed for the night or a hot meal. There are cultures where bartering goods and services works far better than cash in hand for waitressing. Working on a farm is one such way to get free room and board in exchange for hard work. You get to see your surroundings in an in-depth way, while not having to pay out for hotels and transport.

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Fly For Free
There is no reason that you can’t learn to get dirt cheap and even free air travel. Here are some of the best ways that you can earn free flights and travel in style:
  • Sign up for travel credit cards and collect the miles. You can fly for free with enough miles collected.
  • Collect points through everyday spending, filling surveys and transferring balances so that you can get the flights paid for to start you off on your adventures.
  • Combine points off multiple cards to go toward more expensive flights. Even if you can’t cover the whole balance, you could still get the flight for much cheaper than previously.

Couch Surfing
This option may not be as viable when you have children and are travelling as a family, but for solo travellers, it’s the best thing you could do for yourself. There are so many websites and services that connect you to others so that you can stay with them for free and using these sites can mean that you never have to pay for accommodation. While we’re on the subject of sharing, you can use websites that allow you to share car rides and even meals if cash is tight and you need to get to the next destination.

The Sharing Economy
Speaking of sharing, you can share accommodation, meals, train and car rides and even tickets to experiences. Locals are invaluable to your travels, as they know where the best sites to see are that will enrich your travel experience and make you feel like your eyes are opened to those places that are off the beaten track. Locals can change your travel experience simply by being the living, breathing guide book you never knew that you needed.

With common sense and a little patience, you can travel the world by hitchhiking your way around it. It’s common practice in many areas of the world and while it’s always a great way to save money, you have to be as safe as possible while you do it. A little faith and a lot of forward planning (and letting loved ones know your route) could be what you need to do to enhance your hitchhiking experience.

Feet Were Made For Walking
Wherever you go, the best free way to travel is always going to be by foot. Walking is not only good for your health, it’s going to save you a lot of money. Walking tours can help you to get your bearings on a new city and 90% of the biggest cities out there have walking tours in some capacity for their visitors.

Travel doesn’t have to be off limits to anyone, so plan your journey and do your research. You won’t have to worry about times being tight if you plan your trip effectively.


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