You might think that travelling the world means that you have to have a lot of money behind you. People give up their dreams of seeing far off lands because they think that they can’t afford it. However, in most cases, you can do it cheaper than you realise.
Take a look at our tips for living modestly and seeing the world.
Time and Money
When it comes to travelling (as well as life in general), there are two really important things, time and money. Determining which is most valuable to you will help you make decisions more easily. For instance, you may have to spend time by researching into places to stay, but you’ll save money in the process. On the opposite end of the scale, you can spend lots of money for the convenience of letting someone else spend time on organising your stay. The best way to travel on a budget therefore, is to spend more time and save your money.
Package Holidays on the Cheap
Take a look at Money Saving Expert’s many tips on haggling, booking really early or really late, how to get the holiday that you want for the price that you want. Check out online travel agents like Flight Centre for good deals too. While this may not work for travelling the world in one go – it will certainly help for those looking to travel to one or two destinations at a time.
There are lots of options for staying cheaply. Accommodation is often the most costly part of a trip, so cutting down on this cost will save you lots of spending money. Hostels and Bed and Breakfasts often offer similar style lodgings to hotels, but without the big price tag. Sites like AirBnB and Couchsurfing offer an alternative to the big hotels too.
If you’re worried about money, make sure that you have a budget. A daily budget is the best way to keep track of your money, and will depend on where you are. Lonely Planet offers a handy guide on how much to budget per day depending on what country you’re heading to. Use apps to stay aware of the currency exchange rate so you know exactly what you’re spending.
Don’t be afraid to splash out, and prepare yourself for being ripped off, because it’s bound to happen at some point! Don’t worry – it’s all part of the fun, and if you spend so much time worrying about money you won’t enjoy yourself anyway.