Any person who is a fan of traveling will be with me when I say that if it were up to us, we would be traveling non-stop for the rest of our lives. There is a lot to see and experience in the world, but unfortunately, traveling can cost some money.
It’s true that traveling is not super cheap, but it also isn’t as expensive as many people believe it to be. If you have the right ideas and know the right tactics, you can quite comfortably visit many locations in the world on a small budget.
Today, I am going to share some of the best budget travel ideas that I have used myself to have a lot of fun and amazing travel experiences. Keep reading to learn more about budget traveling.
Find ways to finance your trips
There are many different ways to finance your travels. You just need to know how to look for them. You can apply for an exchange student program in which you’re going to study, or you can even apply for different fellowships and scholarships to foreign countries.
Another common way to travel abroad without spending any money is to apply for foreign teaching jobs. There are many programs that finance your trips to some amazing locations so that you can teach English to the locals. This is an amazing way to finance your trip, and as you will only have to take a small one or two-hour class a day, you will be free to travel in your spare time.
Not all teaching jobs require you to have a TEFL certification, but it is better to get one if you want to choose this career option. Getting a teaching job abroad will allow you to visit some amazing and exotic countries while actually making money instead of spending it.
You can also get some online job to keep making money while you travel the world.
Vlogging is becoming more and more of a trend these days. There are a lot of different vlogs on the web, but today we are more concerned with travel vlogs. Did you know that making travel vlogs is a full-time job for some people? Bloggers can make a lot of money traveling the world and recording their experiences.
You should also start making vlogs about your travels. Get a good quality camera and record all the fun stuff that you do and upload it on YouTube. Overtime your channel will start to grow, and you will, fortunately, be able to make enough money from your vlogs to continue your travels and make more vlogs. Vlogging is a very effective way to finance your travels, so give it a try.
Use travel apps to find cheap flights
Did you know that there are many travel apps that are designed solely to get you the best deals when you are traveling?
Hopper is a great example of a very useful and essential travel app. This free app tracks flights to different locations, and it uses an algorithm to tell you whether the price of a flight will rise or get lower. Hopper will tell you if you should go ahead and buy your tickets now, or wait and buy them later. You can also book your flights through the hopper app.
Trivago is another very famous and useful app that helps you find the best hotel rooms at the most affordable prices. It compares a lot of different prices and reviews and gives you the best options according to your preferences.
Using Trivago, hopper and many other travel apps can help you save a significant amount of money, so download these apps now to become a master budget traveler.
Visit the locations at the right time
The time of the year, you visit a travel destination also has a major impact on the amount of money you have to spend. Now, most of the popular travel destinations are very expensive in the main traveling season, but during the offseason, the flights and hotels at the same destination get very cheap.
Now, you shouldn’t actually go on a vacation in the offseason, but there is a small time frame at the end of the offseason when the weather at many destinations is very good, but the prices have not risen yet, because the travel season hasn’t officially started. This is the best time to plan your trip because you will get amazing deals and the destinations won’t be littered by a lot of travelers so you will get the amazing location all to yourself.
Find inexpensive lodging at your location
One of the most significant expenses, when you are traveling, is your lodging. Many people make the mistake of staying at hotels. If you really want to save some money, you should look for a traveler’s hostels to stay at.
These hostels are very affordable, and they also give you the opportunity to meet many amazing fellow travelers from different countries. If you can’t find a good travelers hostel, you should get an Airbnb apartment. It will be more comfortable and more affordable than a hotel.
You are going to be spending most of your time outside anyway, so what’s the point of paying for a super expensive hotel if you are only going to sleep in it for 6 to 8 hours.
Save on the small expenses
If you want to travel on a budget, you will need to be a little thrifty. You need to save money wherever it is possible. Start by saving on your credit card transaction fees and get a card that supports international transactions.
Instead of using taxis, and ride-sharing apps, try using the local transport of the area you are visiting, which is going to be significantly cheaper.
Food and snacks are other aspects that can cost you a significant amount of money. Instead of eating at expensive restaurants, try out the local street foods. This will save you money, and it will also allow you to experience the local cuisine in an authentic and original way.
Traveling on a budget is not super easy, but if you follow these ideas, you can have a lot of fun and experience many amazing destinations without spending too much money.
Marcel Schreyer is a French national, a student of English Languages, in his final year at Stanford University. He is exceptionally passionate about writing his thoughts in words. He takes up writing projects in his leisure time to accompany his studies. He is multi-lingual and enjoys every bit of learning and teaching languages. He regularly writes his blogs at https://jimmyesl.com/blog/.