You don’t need lots of money to travel the world. There are cheap ways to save money on transport, accommodation and food, allowing you to still see new countries and experience new cultures without having to be wary of your wallet. Here are just several ways to travel the world on a shoestring.
Stay with locals
Homestay accommodation involves staying with locals. It can be much cheaper than using a hotel and you could get a bed and meals included. Not only that, you’ll get to experience living like a local, which is the ultimate way to experience another culture. They may be able to advise you on things to see and do you wouldn’t otherwise know of. It could even be a chance to practice a foreign language.
Go wild camping
Camping is a great way to save money – campsite fees are small compared to hotels. However, you can save even more money by going wild camping. Many people do this when taking on hiking trails and exploring national parks. The likes of this website have all kinds of camping gear to take along such as portable grills and generators that could make your experience more luxurious. You could even take a car and camp as you go, so that you don’t have to lug all this stuff around with you on your back.
This is undoubtedly the cheapest way of getting around, although certainly not the most reliable nor the safest. Hitchhiking as a pair is your safest bet – whilst fewer drivers will have two spaces free, you’re less likely to run into trouble. Going hitchhiking takes a lot of courage but can be a great way of meeting new people and heating new stories en route. You’ll be surprised by people’s generosity and what they’re willing to do for you.
Travel by coach
Whether you’re exploring Europe or South America or Asia, coach travel is often one of the cheapest forms of travel out there. You can even sleep on some coaches – night buses are specifically set up for this purpose. Many also have an on board toilet and will stop off regularly enough for you to go out and grab a snack. It’s worth researching into the local travel bus networks online before you go using sites such as this one.
Work as you travel
You could even make money as you travel. There are lots of ways to make an income and explore the world. Some of the most popular include teaching English to foreign children, working in a bar or working on a farm. You may even have the skills to do a job that requires only a laptop such as web design, writing or digital marketing. Some people have even travelled the world making money out of skills such as cutting hair and selling art. Then of course there are jobs directly within the travel industry such as working on a cruise, working as a travel rep, making money as a travel blogger or even making money through travel photography.