I always seem to get asked how I afford to travel so much. This post should answer some of these questions. There are plenty of people who have this notion that you need to be rich or have lots of money to be able to travel. You don’t! I am living prove of this, trust me. Contrary to what people may believe, I am sorry to disappoint you, I do not have a couple of Irish leprechauns churning up gold coins in my imaginary spare room – well not anymore anyway.
I love it when people say to me “Bee, I can’t afford to travel as much as you do”. ‘First things first, if you go to Starbucks, Cafe Nero, Costa, Boots(meal deals) or any other cafes that you grab food at, a couple of times a week, then you can definitely afford to travel! Why my tips below might help you get started, also look at budget travel guidebook that will help you budget for specific travel regions like traveling around Europe on a budget or taking on South America or even Asia on a budget.
- 1 Top Tips For Traveling On A Budget
- 1.1 1. Be Loyal, Because Loyalty Pays
- 1.2 2. Charity Begins At Home
- 1.3 3. Booking Hotels Early – Early Bird Gets Catches The Worm
- 1.4 4. There Is Strength In Numbers – Make Group Bookings – Hostels And House Rentals
- 1.5 5. Seek out Opportunities To Travel For Work
- 1.6 6. Be An Opportunist
- 1.7 7. Travel and Earn Money While You Travel
- 1.8 8. Watch Where Your Money Goes – Buy Experiences, Not Things
- 1.9 9. Have Great Flight Search Skills – I’M Like A Bird, I Wanna Fly Away.
- 1.10 10. See Things For Your Self – It’s Better To See Something Once Than To Hear About It A Thousand Times
Top Tips For Traveling On A Budget
1. Be Loyal, Because Loyalty Pays
2. Charity Begins At Home
3. Booking Hotels Early – Early Bird Gets Catches The Worm
4. There Is Strength In Numbers – Make Group Bookings – Hostels And House Rentals
5. Seek out Opportunities To Travel For Work
6. Be An Opportunist
7. Travel and Earn Money While You Travel
2. Manage a social media account for a local company.
8. Watch Where Your Money Goes – Buy Experiences, Not Things
9. Have Great Flight Search Skills – I’M Like A Bird, I Wanna Fly Away.
10. See Things For Your Self – It’s Better To See Something Once Than To Hear About It A Thousand Times
There is no harm in hearing about something a thousand times, but one must go and experience it for themselves. I love reading about people’s experiences of a destination, their tips on saving money, to the best and easiest ways to get to a particular place. Hence this post on how I afford to travel for next to nothing, which not only gives you an insight into how I Travel but how you too, can save money on travel.
We are only in the middle of that year and I have already been to Germany, Denmark, India and Greece all with the above tips I have mentioned. That’s 4 countries and 7 cities in that last 6 months alone. Some of the sites for my source of wanderlust inspiration as well as learning from their experience or mistakes; OneikaTheTravellerwho has been to 66 countries so far, Adventurous Kate for her solo travels as well as featuring other travellers for more travel inspired tales, join Facebook groups with liked minded travellers who come with a wealth of travel information from every corner of the globe.
Groups like Nomadness Tribe with thousands who have been to each country on the planet, imagine the travel knowledge at your disposal. Bloggers like ThePointsGuy, TheFrugalTravelGuy will take you about rewards schemes and travel deals that will have you travelling for without going broke, as well as many other bloggers out there who can give you personal accounts for destinations that you have in mind. That way you will have information on the form of the cheap of transport. The best routes to the place you should visit that you wouldn’t have otherwise considered.
Another Tip: My quest to limit my 10 top travel tips and hacks to just 10, I nearly forgot to mention was travelling in the off-peak season. I have found November to be one of the cheapest times to travel too. As the kids go back to school and folks are saving for Christmas shopping and travelling back to families in December, there are plenty of tickets at crazy prices around that time so you are more likely to find a bargain for both flights and hotels during this time.