Are you bored of working and crazy about traveling but money is the very problem? Actually, a lot of people are at your same situation thinking that traveling is expensive tours of which activities, transportation, hotels, and food are going to cost a lot of money. But that’s simply not true. Here’s how to cut down your expenses on the road – without living like a hobo.
- Don’t pay bank fees
Just get a no-fee credit and ATM card to avoid paying any bank fees. Capital One’s Venture card is a great no-fee credit card. Bank fees can add up, so there’s no reason to hand over $3 or $5 with every purchase or withdrawal you make.
- Take free walking tours
Don’t be a cheap jerk tipping your guides. You’ll easily find free walking tours in big cities around the world. A simple Google search can give you the names of the major ones in your destination, or you can walk into the tourism office for more information.
- Get free stay
Hospitality networks connect travelers with locals who will let them stay for FREE. Sometimes you get a room, sometimes a couch, sometimes an air mattress, but it’s always free. On top of that, you’ll have a local host who will know the area and show you around. It’s win-win.Remember these services aren’t just for young solo travelers – you’ll find people of all ages willing to host couples and families, too. You can find hosts on Servas and Hospitality Club, but Couchsurfing is considered as the best because of its largest and most active community.
Can’t afford accommodation? Watch someone’s house while they’re on vacation and sleep for free (legally) on reliable sites such as House Carers, Mind My House, The Caretaker Gazette. After you sign up for one of these sites, you can stay in one destination, get to know an area, and save money. Moreinteresting, you get a kitchen to cook your food!(Enjoy like your own house)
- Farm for room and board
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is an umbrella organization that sets up farm work opportunities. Working on a farm will get you free room and board, involve you in the local community, and allow
you to commune with the great outdoors.
- Use student and other discount cards
If you are a student, teacher, or under 26, welcome to the world of 50 percent off attractions, tours, museums, transportation, and a multitude of other discounts. Get a student/teacher/youth card from STA Travel and save big. Remember school IDs work too!
- Use visitor discount cards
Get a city tourism card if you plan on seeing a lot of sights in a city. By this way, you will be offered discounted and free access to the major attractions and museums, as well as free public transportation.
- Get the lowdown from the tourism board
Local tourism information booths also let you see everything going on in their city. They can tell which days museums are free, what free activities, concerts, or festivals are going on now, and where to find markets and good restaurants.
- Don’t eat in a tourist area
Normally, anything close to a tourist attraction will be likely double the price and half as good. If you can see a major attraction from the restaurant window, or the menu is printed in multiple languages, keep moving.
- Eat at fancy restaurants during lunch
Most restaurants offer lunch specials at a fraction of the dinner menu’s price, often featuring the same foods. Don’t look in the guidebook. Just ask your hostel or hotel staff where they eat if you don’t know where to go.
- Skip the taxis
Another no-brainer tip: Taxis are where budgets go to die. Use public transportation. Again, just ask the local tourism board, hotel, bus driver, or subway station officer if there are discount transportation passes available.
Need to get between cities? Try ridesharing companies that let you connect with people with a car going to your destination. You help pitch in for gas, and it’s a lot cheaper than trains or buses as drivers set their own rates. But the goal here is to split costs and have someone to talk
- The big ones include: Liftshare (based in the UK); Mitfahrgelegenheit (German based);
Gumtree (UK/Australia/NZ); Kangaride (Canada); BlaBlaCar (Europe).
This free way to get from place to place is elatively safe and quite common in many parts of the world, including Central America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Australia, and New Zealan. There are many people who have done the same (including the United States), so don’t rule it out just because of stuff you’ve seen in movies.
- Teach English
That English teaching positions are abundant around the world is one of the easiest ways for travelers to get a job on the road. They pay well, have flexible hours, and many countries offer to pay relocation costs along with a completion bonus.
- Get seasonal jobs
Move with the seasons and work in ski resorts, bars, as a camping guide, on boats – whatever’s available. There are many options — wherever there’s a big tourist season, you’ll find a big demand for temporary labor. Hostels can often point you in the right direction.
- Get a working holiday visa
If you’re under the age of 30, countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, Norway, and many others offer working holiday visas that allow you to work up to a year in that country (sometimes up to two). Most of these jobs are temporary, service industry, or seasonal jobs, but they can also be well-paying office jobs too. You’d be surprised by what’s out there.
- Take use of your skills
Teach people music, dance, cut hair, help someone paint, offer business consulting, or be someone’s cook. Be creative. Websites like Craigslist and Gumtree let you advertise your abilities and find work. Moreover, you can use the websites Task Rabbit and Fiverr for finding work as well as helping people move, run errands, whatever. If you’re short on cash, these websites let you trade your time for cash. It’s not that different from going to work every day.
- Work in hospitality
Bars and restaurants in party destinations or at hostels are great places to find jobs, as they have a high urnover and the work can be steady. Bars need bartenders and restaurants need wait staff.
In countries that have working holiday visas, these jobs often go to travelers because they have the most flexible schedule.