Most people dream of traveling around the world, but many people assume that they can’t afford it. Although it can be expensive, there are ways to make traveling work for any budget. Traveling is an amazing experience and something that everyone should do at some point in their lives, whether you go for a week at a time, or take a year to do everything all at once, visiting different parts of the world is an unparalleled adventure. Here are a few tips on how to fund your dream trip:
1. Your Savings.
This is the big, and main way people pay their way through their travels. Open up a high-interest savings account, or even a cash ISA, and be really strict about how much you put into it each month. Saving is one of those things that are easier said then done. Just keep reminding yourself of why you’re putting that fifty into your savings and not into the cashier’s hands at TopShop or Sephora. It will all be more than worth it in the end. Saving is something I’ve always struggled with, but it’s definitely on my list of priorities for 2018. If you want tips on how to save then visit moneysavingexpert.com.
2. Credit is Your Friend.
A lot of people veer away from credit cards due to the debt it can cause – which is true, but only if you’re bad with money. A credit card can really help your credit score to improve, and using one to pay for your flights and accommodation, as long as you pay it off every month, is a great way to do just that. Best.creditcard has a full review of the best cards of 2017, just in time for you to start planning your adventures for next year.
3. Work While Traveling.
Working your way around the world can be a fantastic way to truly become acquainted with the locals and customs of where you are. If you’re working in a store or for a company, you might run into some language roadblocks depending where you are. But you can also look into blogging or vlogging your way through your travels. As a travel blogger and writer, I’m able to travel the world for free (and sometimes get paid to do it!). With regular updates, not only will you be sharing your experiences, but you will find yourself looking for new and better things to do just so that you can write about them.
Bonus Tip: Check Out Your Options.
You need to look at your options for accommodation, traveling and eating. You probably won’t be able to afford to stay in five-star hotels, dine at Michelin star restaurants and be chauffeured around everywhere. If you can then go you! If not, then you need to downsize to fit your budget. Look into staying in hostels over hotels; they provide a fantastic opportunity for you to meet some amazing people from all over the world who are doing the exact same thing you are doing right now. When it comes to transportation – think public over private. Public transportation is so much cheaper than taking a taxi or renting a car. Also, don’t underestimate the beauty in skipping transportation and walking. I’m a firm believer that the best way to get to know a new place is by exploring on foot. And food? Just eat like a local.