There is a common misconception among aspiring jet setters that thinking about traveling the world is impossible unless you have an unlimited credit card (and someone to make the repayments for you!). Luckily, these are just nonsense. Of course, traveling costs money, but there are different ways to keep your wallet. Here are our 7 best tips for planning a dream trip at little cost:
1. CHOOSE A TRAVELING STYLE MORE SUITABLE FOR YOUR BUDGET
Forget the hotels and guided tours and let the adventurer in you! Attentive to their expenses, backpackers travel light (they often carry their belongings in a backpack) and choose a cheap accommodation, all along the road. They also tend to consume local food and often schedule longer trips, moving fairly quickly from one point to another. By planning your trip during the low season, you will save even more money, in terms of flights, accommodation and tourist attractions.
2. ENJOY LOW-COST FLIGHTS
Do not just search for flights on Google: be more proactive about money and focus on cheap carriers. In Europe, budget-conscious travelers have access to a variety of airlines providing minimal service, enabling them to travel from point A to point B at a very low cost. Imagine, for example, stopping in Malta, before leaving for Rome, Athens, and Istanbul, or departing from Berlin, flying to Prague, Budapest, and Riga.
But maybe visiting Paris, Nice, Barcelona, Madrid, and Lisbon would please you more. Check WhichBudget.com for a list of low-cost airlines serving your destination or go directly to European carriers like EasyJet, Ryanair, and Vueling. In addition to flying, remember that in Europe, in particular, train travel is also very affordable. For more information, visit Interrail.
3. TRAVEL TO AFFORDABLE DESTINATIONS
Some places in the world will never be affordable (hello London, New York, and Paris!); however, this does not necessarily apply to all destinations. Insightful travelers stamp their passports in countries with weaker currencies than theirs. Southeast Asia (think Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, and India) has always been the land of choice for backpackers and budget travelers – not to mention the many countries from Latin America, so many other great (and affordable!) destinations.
4. PLAN A LONGER JOURNEY
Although you may think otherwise, a long trip is much more economical than a brief getaway. For what reason, you say to me. By setting up their “base” in one place, long-term travelers do not have to constantly pay for transportation to their next destination, and they can take advantage of short-term rental offers, rather than paying hotel nights at exorbitant prices.
In addition, long-term travelers are generally more likely to discover a culture by immersing themselves in it and “living like the locals” (rather than spending their money on short tours and expensive excursions). They also like to do their own cooking and can even work sometimes during their trip. Which brings us to …
5. MAKE YOUR OWN KITCHEN
It’s no secret that taking meals every day at a restaurant strikes a budget (not to mention that this can potentially be detrimental to your line!) Clever travelers know that doing one’s own kitchen saves a lot of money and more if they decide to share the costs with their traveling companions, both at the hotel and for hire (visiting food fairs and local supermarkets is always very entertaining!)
6. BECOME A DIGITAL NOMAD
Self-employed individuals or individuals with skills such as teaching, graphic design, computer programming, consulting, translation or photography have an additional advantage since they can use their laptops to they wish to continue working throughout their long-term journey (travelers of this type are called “digital nomads”.) The advantage of working on your own during a trip is obvious; not only does it provide you with an income, but it also allows you to design your own work schedule!
7. FIND OCCASIONAL EMPLOYMENT
The prospect of becoming a digital nomad does not enchant you? Perhaps you would be the ideal candidate for a casual job! There are dozens of jobs of this type available to travelers wishing to work abroad such as serving in a pub, teaching English, giving diving lessons, helping picking fruit, making coffees, serve indoors, take care of promotion or sale … and the list is still long! Agencies can help you negotiate visas and get a job (Go Workabout is a great starting point for Australia). The most assured travelers will be able, CV in hand, to cross the streets, as soon as they arrive.