Have you been staring longingly at travel bloggers’ Instagram posts? Do you read Lonely Planet travel guides, and dream of big adventures? Do you suffer from a severe case of wanderlust? Is your bank balance seriously underwhelming? Well, turn that frown upside down, because we have great news for you! You don’t need money to travel. That’s right, you don’t need to turn into Ebeneezer Scrooge, squirreling away every last cent. There are plenty of ways that you can travel to far flung destinations, and have the time of your life, on a shoe-string budget. Here we break down some of the easiest ways to do that.
Work Overseas Teaching English
There is a lot of money to be made by teaching overseas, and it is one of the best ways to make money to travel. Most countries only require that you speak English fluently to bag one of these jobs. However some countries do require a TOEFL degree. Globally, they are crying out for English teachers and many places in Asia will even pay for your flight! There are also some websites that will let you teach English remotely. All you need for this is half decent WiFi!
WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. It is an organisation that will place you on a farm to work in exchange for free room and board. There are lots of countries around the world that do it, from Australia to Ireland and it is a great way to really experience a country or destination while also making lots of new friends in your fellow farm hands.
Get Free Flights
Honestly, this one isn’t as far fetched as it first sounds. You can sign up for travel credit cards and collect air miles. Once you have enough air miles collected you can fly for free. Many of these cards will offer sign up incentives, some as much as 50,000 air miles. You can collect these points and miles by every day spending, signing up for things like online surveys and before you have even left for your trip, you can potentially have saved up tons of free air miles.
Couchsurfing can really get you out of a jam and save you tons of money to boot! There are a lot of couchsurfing apps and services out there that connect travelers with host families, or individuals who are offering places to stay, absolutely free of charge. It is purely out of the goodness of their hearts. The length of stay can be anything from a night to a few months depending on the agreement. It could be a couch, a bed, a spare room, or a shared room but it will always be free and it will always be a place to lay your head.
The Sharing Economy
The sharing economy is a number of different websites and apps that allow you to find a number of cheaper services offered by ordinary people. Accomodation, rideshares, parking, even books and other goods. These apps can save you a ton of money, and also allow you to meet more local people, who may be able to help you on your journey in other ways by giving local advice.
This one comes with a caution, use common sense and listen to your gut instincts if you are going to hitchhike. But in general, it can be a great experience. Traveling around your chosen destination can eat away at your funds. Hitchhiking is a free way to travel across countries without too much hassle. There are many places where hitchhiking is commonplace and, despite what you may have heard from Hollywood movies, is generally a safe and fun experience. It also allows you to meet new people and get to know the locals a little better.
Free Walking Tours
Most cities and large towns will have these available. All you need to do is find a tourist information point and ask about them. These can be a great way to view a city and learn more about the place you are visiting. You will also meet fellow tourists along the way and get to experience things you may not have found by yourself.
There are a number of websites that allow you to sign up as a house sitter. People often don’t like leaving their homes unattended for long periods of time, so they employ a house sitter to stay in their home, free of charge while they are away. Everyone’s account is verified so you know you won’t get cheated. This is a terrific option for long term stays in the one place, and you often get asked to look after pets too which, if you’re an animal lover, is another bonus. You also have full access to a full kitchen too, this will save you heaps of money on food while you are away.