Traveling is considered an expensive and sparingly done activity. For those that stay in hotels, fly first class, and eat out for every meal, then it likely is a once in a lifetime deal.
However, you can travel the world for years without asking for a single loan! If you dream of visiting multiple countries and staying abroad for longer than a month, then click next for our 10 best tips for traveling affordably no matter what the duration!
While it’s nice spending money today, you could be spending that money in Rome later on instead. Next time you crave a $20 meal at a restaurant or a $50 concert ticket, remind yourself that it could be used abroad instead. Of course, you don’t have to neglect enjoyment while at home, but cutting down on leisurely expenses can add up tremendously. Start living a bit more minimally now to have a better time in the future!
If you want to travel the world for years, you need to save money on major things such as flight tickets and hotels. Luckily, many credit cards offer tremendous rewards programs for airline partners and certain hotels. Look for credit cards or frequent flyer clubs that coincide with your destination, and with a little planning, you can accrue enough points for significant savings. While this will help you, make sure that you are able to pay off each statement in full to avoid paying interest. Any interest on your account will likely trump your rewards, and debt is the last thing you want while abroad! Also, make sure to get a flight with a changeable return ticket. Buying a roundtrip ticket is almost always cheaper than buying a one-way, but make sure you can change the return ticket so that you don’t have to buy a new one when you’re ready to come back.
Couchsurfing is one of the best ways to maximize your time abroad. Not only will you be staying in your destination for practically no cost, you will also be able to learn from your hosts and get true insider tips for the city. Make sure to plan ahead of time to ensure that your hosts are willing to accept you, and also ensure that you feel comfortable with your hosts and their flat’s location. By utilizing Couchsurfing or similar programs like Workaway, you will be able to save a tremendous amount of cash while also learning more about your destination than any other tourist!
Depending on your destination, you may be able to camp in a local park or nearby area. Of course, you must always check local laws and ordinances in advance, but camping can allow you to save a tremendous amount of money. Also, camping can help you get closer to the city than you ever thought possible! A simple sleeping bag will often suffice in warmer climates, and if you choose a well populated park, you shouldn’t have to worry about safety either.
Cafes and restaurants are nice, but are they always worth it? Instead of having every meal out, find ways to have meals cooked by locals. This can be done through Couchsurfing, or by simply posting an ad online. Look at forums for cultural exchanges, or post on Craigslist to find a temporary host family that’s willing to provide locally relevant meals. You will save money, and in most cases, you will likely have a better meal as well!