Many of us dream of traveling more, but those dreams come crashing down to the ground as soon as we realize we don’t have the money to do it. Although you could ask your family to send you money when you get to your destination, you can’t depend on their kindness to get you there, or sustain you while you’re vacationing.
You have to make sure you have the money to travel. Or do you?
It turns out, you don’t have to have a ton of money in order to travel the world. You can do it with a modest income when you follow these four tips.
Rack up the Airline Miles
Airline tickets can be expensive. They don’t have to be, and it isn’t just those who fly frequently who can save on airline tickets.
There are many ways to earn airline miles. They include:
- Joining a frequent flyer program
- Signing up for the right credit card
- Using airline shopping portals to make purchases
Signing up for a credit card is one of the best ways to rack up the airline miles. Just make sure you choose one with a great sign-on points bonus!
Get Friendly with the Locals
The tourism industry makes a lot of money knowing it’s part of the tourism industry. Avoid the markup and turn to the locals instead.
That might mean staying with a local in their spare bedroom, or asking someone who lives in the area to give you a ride. They will charge a lot less than a hotel or a cab.
The sharing economy can make this a lot easier. You can use Airbnb to find affordable accommodations, Vayable to schedule a tour, and BlaBlaCar to carpool with other travelers.
Don’t Eat Out
You can save a ton of money by eating all your meals at home. You can save a lot of money by following these same principles when you’re on vacation too.
Using the microwave in your hotel room, you can prepare simple meals that cost a fraction of the price of going to the nearest restaurant. Even the coffee pot can be used to cook food, like spaghetti!
Even if you don’t have access to a microwave or a coffee pot, there are a lot of no-cook meals, like sandwiches, you can prepare to help you save.
Make It a Working Vacation
A working vacation doesn’t necessarily mean taking your computer with you. Instead, if you could use a little extra cash, consider selling your services on the fly.
Help someone using TaskRabbit and get paid for it, or use Gumtree to help someone around the house. If you’re a skilled professional, take your skills with you and offer haircuts, or play your instrument on the corner downtown to earn a few extra bucks.
It’s true that having a lot of money can make traveling easier, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessary. No matter how much money you have, follow the tips on this list and you can travel nearly anywhere you want for less.