I bet most of us would consider it unthinkable or impossible to live like a globetrotter.
Obviously having money helps this cause, but a lack of it shouldn’t prevent you from pursuing your travel dreams.
So, if you’re wondering how to go knocking around the world without having a million-dollar bank balance (or $100,000 or even $10,000 bank balance), then read on.
Have the courage to let go
Be mentally prepared to embrace change and let go of routines, attachments, and preconceived notions.
When travelling, all you really need is food, clothing, shelter, sanity, and self-respect. All these are easily available and some are even free.
Look for local lodging and boarding
In many places, locals open up their homes for travellers to stay for free, and in return for some household chores it’s also possible to get your meals on the house.
www.couchsurfing.com will help you find a free bed all around the world, while www.wwoof.com.au will give you a bed and meals in exchange for a few hours of hard work in Australia.
Find work that will pay your bills
Need to make money for some necessary expenses? Then get a job. Not a career, a job.
Consider jobs such as housekeeping, babysitting, waiting/waitressing, bartending, being a hostel or a store worker.
You’ll soon meet others like you and realise that people from all walks of life do this for some extra travel cash. You may even make friends along the way.
Fly for free
You can fly free by earning frequent flier points every time you fly and if you sign up for a few travel credit cards and enjoy collecting and using the miles. This is one of the easiest ways to collect points as most subscriptions will get you at least two flights.
You can also save a lot of money by booking your tickets (flight and rail) in advance.
Housesit your way around the world
Want a taste of champagne on a budget that can barely buy you a pint of lager? Give housesitting a go.
You essentially look after the upkeep of a house when its owners are away. In return, you get to stay there for free. An added bonus is you’ll have a fully equipped kitchen at your disposal (think how nice it would be to say goodbye to spending a stack of cash each time you want to eat something).
Use discount cards
If you’re a student under 26, make it a point to use your discount card wherever applicable. This will get you the things you need at almost half the price.
A lot of cities offer traveller’s discounts on tourism, transportation, and access to museums and monuments. This is another great way to save money on your journeys, so do make that London pass, the Paris museum card, and that Helsinki card save your money for you.