As a fond traveller, I’m always faced with the challenge of affording my next adventure on a shoe string budget…
I’m pleased to introduce our first guest writer, Breana Johnson who will sheds some light and give us some tips on how, with a bit of effort, we could travel the world (without being a millionaire)…
How to Travel the World (Without Being a Millionaire)
By Breana Johnson
Travel doesn’t have to be out of your budget. In the last four years, I’ve traveled to nine different countries, ten states in the U.S., and made an international move. In fact, I just bought tickets for another trip yesterday. I’m not wealthy; if fact, I’m a grad student and probably below the poverty line in my home state. This hasn’t kept me from traveling the world, however, and it shouldn’t stop you! Here are some totally practical ways you can travel the world on whatever budget you have.
Okay, this probably sounds like an obvious tip. But seriously, save money! I’m not just talking about throwing your loose change in a jar. That’s a good idea, but you need to be a lot more proactive than that. If you don’t already have a budget, pop in a movie and take some time to create one. This will help you see what you’re spending you money on, and what you can stop buying. You might be surprised how much money you spend on stuff like coffee and movie tickets! Cut that stuff out. Stock up on coffee grounds and ask to borrow movies from your friends.
Again, this might sound like a no-brainer. But if you really want that trip to Jamaica, your nine-to-five might not cut it. Find some night work. I work online as a freelancer and I babysit. The extra money goes a long way, and to be honest, I really enjoy it. I enjoy it even more knowing that’s it’s paying for my next trip.
Find Cheap Tickets.
You worked hard to save that money, so don’t blow it on expensive tickets. Shop around. Make sure you find the best deal possible. My favorite site is Google Flights. You can see everything available, and you can also see which days have cheaper flights. Another tip is to go somewhere offseason. Just because it’s not tourist season doesn’t mean it’s going to be bad!
Take Advantage of the Sharing Economy.
Air B&B and Uber are examples of the sharing economy, which is a business model where everyday people offer their services for a low price. You can take advantage of this in two ways. First, use it when you travel. The second way to take advantage of this is to offer your own services when you’re not traveling. Rent out your extra space, join a shuttle service, or give free walking tours for tips.
Take if from someone who lives in a very touristy area: the locals spend far less than travelers do. So go local. Instead of getting a taxi, take the bus. Instead of eating in the square, walk a little further and find a place full of locals. Instead of taking a $200 speedboat tour, bring your own snorkel mask and go find the reef yourself. You get the idea. Whatever the locals are doing, do that and you’re bound to save a lot of money.