Hello! If you would like to see the world and don’t have a huge amount of cash to splash, going on a month’s cruise will not be your ch...

How to Travel Large Distances on a Tiny Budget

Hello!

If you would like to see the world and don’t have a huge amount of cash to splash, going on a month’s cruise will not be your choice of travel. Thankfully, there are plenty of alternative ways to travel that can save you hundreds, even thousands on each trip. The good news is that you don’t even have to stay in a tent or a dirty old hostel. If you have your bucket list of travelling and would like to go through it as soon as possible, without having to get into debt, below you will find a few tips to help you get started.


Choose Alternative Airports
Before you decide where you want to go next, you might want to check all the alternatives, and opt for smaller, regional airports. Chances are that you are going to be able to choose a nearby airport and either take the coach or a train to your destination. The more popular the place you are visiting is the more expensive the plane tickets will be, especially in peak season. When conducting your search, you will have to stay flexible and tick the box: “check nearby airports”. This will give you an idea of how much you can save if you travel to another airport or are willing to book connecting flights.

Go off the beaten path
Just because a place is popular, it doesn’t mean that it is the best destination in the country,. If you plan right, you will be able to find some hidden gems only locals know about, and get better prices on accommodation, transfer, and flights. Instead of travelling to one of the larger cities of Germany, for example, you can choose a destination that is less crowded and popular, so you can make your money go further, Likewise, if you visit Hungary, don’t go for Budapest first; explore the countryside with the stunning mountain ranges and rivers first.

Get a youth train pass in Europe
In case you would like to explore Europe, train might be your best bet, especially if you are under 26. You can take a full month off work and see a different place every day. You can hop on and off whenever you want to, if you get a train pass for Europe. You can take advantage of unlimited travel, and there are plenty of apps you can use to plan your itinerary.

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Take a bus
Taking a coach can also be a cheap option. If you arrive at an alternative airport at Spain or Portugal and would like to see some remote villages or towns, you can get a pass from the local tourist office, and get your regional travel taken care of. The further out of the city you stay the better accommodation value you will get for you bucks. You might also be able to use a bus and train combination. Instead of simply flying over the different countries, you can stop and see something different. Today’s coaches are much safer than they used to be decades ago, and they are also comfortable with air conditioning and WiFi, so you can sit back comfortably and plan the next leg of your journey.

Mix with locals and get invited
If you are a male and a brave person, or travel with others, you might even mix with locals and get invited to their homes. If you choose a local pub or restaurant to have your dinner at, you might start a conversation with people and ask about local hosts. If they like you, they might offer you a bed in a spare room for a night or two. You will, however, need to make sure that you are staying safe, and let your family know where you are. You will not only make friends, but also have a few tips on where to go and how to get there the cheapest way.

Volunteer
In case you are a student and you are still on a shoestring budget, with little or no money to blow on travel, chances are that you will need a solution to support your travel. If you decide to spend your gap year volunteering abroad, you will not have to pay for your food and accommodation, and - in some cases - even your travel costs will be reimbursed. However, the bad news is that you will have to put in some work, and will not have all the time you want to explore. There are, however, some plus sides, as well, such as being able to learn the language for free, making new friends from all over the world, and learning new skills.


Take part in a WWOOF project
In case you are trying to figure out how to be able to afford to travel to your dream destination, such as a remote Asian location or South America on a budget, you might try to sign up for a World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms project. You will have to work on a farm, yes, but you will get free boarding, which will make all the difference. On the other hand, you will stay safe, connect with locals, make important connections, and learn some important skills that will come handy later in life.

Take advantage of the sharing economy
Millennials and those who are even younger are pretty used to the idea of the sharing economy and are used to taking advantage of it. Whether you are looking for a cheap place to stay for a few months and are searching for AirBnB or other sites or would like to share a ride with someone from the airport to your destination, you will save hundreds. Be sure, however, that you are checking the location and the reviews of the host. If they don’t speak your language, you might find it hard to communicate with them and take advantage of the travel tips they are giving out for free. If you get really lucky, you can even get a host who will drive you around or let you borrow their car to get to places.

House-sit
People often worry about their homes when they work or travel abroad. There are some apps and websites where you can offer your house sitting services to homeowners, so you can  stay for free. You will, however, need to provide guarantees that you will not make a mess, hold parties, or distract the neighbors while you are staying. On the other hand, you will benefit from homelike comfort and have a great place to spend a few days or even weeks exploring the area and the main attractions.

Stay Flexible
The key to traveling on a budget is staying flexible. You don’t only have to look for alternative airports and even countries, but also various dates. If you would like to locate the cheapest dates, you can search for a whole month on most of the travel search engines. At the same time, you can search for another region where you could spend a few days at before you hit the big city and pay top price for the accommodation. In case you are on a shoestring budget, you might even choose a low season, such as Monsoon. While you will need to waterproof your luggage and yourself, you will get lower prices and can avoid the crowd.

Stay longer to get better accommodation prices
The longer you stay, the better prices per night you can secure, If you would like to find work or volunteering opportunities at your location, you can even rent an apartment and share it with your friends so you can spread the cost. Check out https://www.rumah.com/rumah/disewa to find quality apartments to rent in major cities where you can find plenty of things to do and lots of opportunities to learn the language, improve your skills, and mix with locals and other tourists. Instead of looking at the tourist district, search for accommodation in residential areas.

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Become a travel blogger
In case your dream is to travel the world all your life and connect with people from various cultures, you can even set out to be a travel blogger. If you are able to build an audience and impress the industry, you can get loads of free perks from your business. Rom hotel discounts to free accommodation and attraction tickets for a review that reaches thousands of people at a time, you can become the ultimate travel marketing machine for big and small brands in the worldwide travel industry.

If you have been dreaming about traveling the world and don’t have the money to splash out on luxury cruises, you will have to get creative when planning your trips. From volunteering to support your lifestyle to earning some money for your tickets, there are plenty of ways you can make your travel budget stretch further. Stay flexible and consider alternative accommodation and mode of travel so you can see more of the world without spending a fortune.


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