There are plenty of ways to travel on a budget, you just need to know where to look! Here are 8 ideas to help you get the most travel for your buck:
There are scores of websites such as www.trustedhousesitters.com pairing people who want to house-sit with people who need house-sitters around the world. You can type in the name of any city and see a list of houses, pets and dates to choose from to get in touch with. For very little work and basically not burning down the house, it’s a pretty great deal.
Websites such as www.workaway.info allow people who want to stay somewhere for “free” to volunteer their time working 4 to 6 hours a day in exchange for lodgings. It’s a great way to meet fellow travellers and locals alike while also getting to experience different kinds of jobs.
3. Do casual work
Other websites such as www.anyworkanywhere.com can help you find casual work abroad so that you can work your way through your travels. If you’ve always dreamed of working on a farm for a summer, now is your chance!
The couchsurfing community is based on the idea of sharing space and free travel. You can try your luck and see if you can stay on someone’s couch for a couple of nights, and you can choose to only request stays with verified members and people with good reviews. It’s also always nice to bring a small gift as a thank-you. Even if you don’t stay with anyone it’s a great site for meeting locals who can show you around their city, and take you to the nooks and crannies you would otherwise miss: www.couchsurfing.com
5. Cook your own meals
One of the benefits of staying in a proper apartment or house is that you can cook your own food. If you decide to pay for somewhere to stay but still want to cook your own food, www.airbnb.com is great for finding cheap homes-away-from-home to stay.
6. Sleep in large dorms
Hostels are always cheapest when you choose the largest rooms to sleep in. Sharing a room with 11 other people is much cheaper than sharing with 5 other people. Foregoing the en suite will also save you some cash: www.hostelworld.com
7. Lift Share
Sharing rides with fellow travellers or commuters is a great way to decrease your impact on the environment while also travelling super cheap and meeting people. Bring some music for the ride and don’t forget to share the chips.
8. Buy multi-passes
Most cities will have some version of a multi-pass, allowing you to use any public transport for a given amount of time (often a week to a month). If you plan on moving around a lot, then this could save you tons of cash.
Can you think of any other ways to travel cheaply?