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3 Simple Tips to Help You Travel on a Budget


If there’s one thing I wish I’d have done more of when I was younger it is travelling. If I’d known how quickly the years would pass and how many more responsibilities life would bring with it along the way, I’d have recognised just how free and easy I had it and jumped on the first plane to South America in a jiffy.

The problem back then was that, even though I was earning money, I still felt that the cost of travelling was going to put it out of reach, especially as I lived on my own from a fairly young age. These days, however, while you may not be Superman and be able to travel the world for free, it’s possible to do it for a lot less than you might think. Here are 4 simple tips to help you see the world for less and make your dreams of travelling on a budget come true.

Work while you travel

The first thing to remember is that you don’t have to give up work completely and have no income while you’re travelling, as there are many temporary – or even long term – job opportunities for globe trotters if you are willing to travel and work at the same time. From fruit picking to online language teaching or freelancing to blogging, there are many ways to make money in a world that is now much more set up for flexible working.

Make the most of credit card rewards

Another tip is to use credit card rewards like Air Miles to help fund some of your flights. If you’re planning a trip then you can start doing most of your spending on these kind of cards in the months – or even years – before you travel to build up your miles, and you can even keep on building them up while you’re on your trip. You can then use them to book free flights to your chosen destinations. Just be sure to pay any credit cards off in full each month so that you don’t end up racking up a load of interest, defeating the object.

Be a part of the sharing economy

Our final tip for traveling on a budget is to make the most of the sharing economy. Whether you manage to get yourself a free couch for the night (Couchsurfing) or perhaps grab yourself a free ride somewhere while you’re on your travels, these days it’s easy to use the internet to find someone who might be willing to help you out. Just be sure to keep your wits about you to make sure you don’t land yourself in any dodgy situations.

Spend less, travel for longer

We can see then that travelling the world doesn’t have to be as expensive or as daunting as you might at first think. With a little planning ahead, a wise use of a credit card and a willingness to work while you travel, you can cut the cost of travelling drastically and perhaps even extend the amount of time you are able to travel for.

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