Do you want to travel more but think it’s too expensive? Would you like to find a way to make travel more affordable?
What if I tell you, that I have the secret to travel wherever you want to go, without breaking the bank?! There is no need to blow your budget to go on the vacation of your dreams wether you want to discover a whole new continent or simply go on a relaxing weekend trip on the beach.
Let me show you unconventional ways to afford the trip you´ve always been dreaming of!
Getting there – Saving on airfares
Saving big on accommodation
Transportation – Getting around for little (or no) money
Eating – Make smarter choices
Currency and Credit Cards
Communication – Cut the cost
Activities that don´t cost an arm and a leg
Make money on the road
Let´s continue the party!
Activities that don´t cost an arm and a leg
Free walking tours — Want to take the cultural path, learn about the city and see the major sights? Take a free walking tour. You can find them in 90% of the major cities in Europe and most other countries. To find these tours, ask the local tourist office, your hostel staff (or just walk into a hostel and ask about them), or do what I do and simply Google “Free walking tour in X.” Works most of the time! Big plus: You will meet many cool people on the tour! And who knows, maybe even a new travel buddy, if you are backpacking…
Tourist spots may not be that hot – I have fallen into that trap numerous times. I read online about this must-see and decide that I definitely have to spend/waste my money on that. The truth is that many countries have tourist spots that aren’t really the most interesting places to go to, but are advertised very well. These tourist traps suck. They cost too much, the crowds are crazy and the attractions are often disappointing. What to do instead? Talk to people who have already been there and ask them if it was really worth it. And again, talk to the locals and ask them where the would go if they had only one vacation day to spend in the area.
Age, student and membership discounts – Don´t pay the full price! Many attractions such as theme parks, museums and others have discounts for senior, children or students. If you are traveling, remember to take your ID and membership cards (e.g. AAA card) with you that might qualify you for these. It might even make sense to get an international student ID, to make sure it is accepted anywhere! You can apply online for a few dollars!
Group discounts – We all know there are group discounts everywhere. To take advantage, team up with a few friends and go to the same destinations together. Or if that is not an option, make friends at the hostel you are staying at or at the free walking tour you attend right after your arrival…
Stroll around a park – Most cities have gorgeous parks to chill out in. Parks can often be a major city attract such as the iconic Central Park of New York or the English Garden in Munich.
Explore the markets – There’s no better way to soak up the atmosphere of a city than at the local market. Markets are a great source of entertainment and an insight into local lives.
Visit churches and cathedrals – Many churches are free to enter so get yourself inside to check out the impressive interior!
Watch the sunset – Kind of obvious, but we always forget to set a few minutes aside each night to watch the sun setting. And the best part? It is totally free!
Search for free events online – There is a smart article or great website for almost any major city, that tells you what free events are happening around you! Facebook is most likely always a wonderful resource too! I once spend a couple weeks in New York attending a free event almost every night! Music in the park, festivals, carnivals, open air cinema, theater etc. – There is just so much to see and do!
Check out the Lonely Planet guide on free things to do in New York and you will get an idea of all the possibilities!
Not just for long time travelers: Make money on the road
Look for a job overseas – Not making enough money at your current job? This is not a reason to quit traveling! Getting a job overseas is simpler than it seems! There are plenty of opportunities in the world. Some ideas might not seem very appealing, but remember it is a way to earn money for travel, you are (most likely) not starting a new career. So don’t´ be picky.
Here are some jobs that fund your adventure: AuPair, working holiday visas, bartending, waitress/waiter, farm or construction worker, tour guide, seasonal worker, englisch teacher, dance or yoga teacher, hostel worker, online freelancer, blogger, photographer and many more!
I will provide you with more details on ways to make money on the road in my following post! Sign up for my newsletter and don´t miss a thing! It will bring you even closer to your next trip.
Of course, there are many more ways to earn money while traveling as well, so if you have anything you’d like to add or share, please leave your thoughts in the comments below. The more opportunities we list, the more we can help each other!
And a very last secret I want to share with you in the ULTIMATE LOW BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE (Part 3):
Travel slow – Don’t try to go everywhere on your list in one trip. The biggest costs in traveling are 1) transport and 2) accommodation. By traveling slow, you lessen the need for frequent transport — and you can also negotiate with hotels/hostels etc. for a discount because you are staying longer.
And that’s the end of the list. If you haven´t already, check out Part 1 and 2 of this series. I really do hope that this has helped you realize that you can travel on a low budget. If it were impossible, there certainly wouldn’t be so many people, from countries all around the world, traveling this great planet of ours!
Planning to go on the trip of your life and trying to save every penny to make the dream come true?! My “How to save money for traveling” guide lets you in on all the secrets you need to know!