How to travel around the world without going broke in 5 off-beat ways

Ever since we read Around the World in 80 Days, it was all we ever wanted to do. Travel is, after all, one of those things that appeals to even the cagiest souls. It can change your life in so many amazing ways. How many hours have we spent staring in open-mouthed wonder, at the glossy pictures in travel magazines or on the television? Honestly, the only thing between all of us and the unexplored world is money. But what if we told you that we’ve fixed that bit? Snap out of the daydreams and read on. We tell you how to travel around the world in five easy ways.

Connect with people

You have no clue how helpful this is, in terms of saving money. Get in touch with likeminded friends and bring them in on the travel plans. Chipping in always makes expenditure a whole lot easier. Sign up for a volunteer program. If you’re a fluent English speaker, then take up a language-teaching job in a non-English country. All of us have friends in various countries across the globe, thanks to the internet. Make use of your contacts. Get in touch with the local hosts in the countries you’re visiting. They are always willing to let you camp under their roof for free, in exchange for help in the daily chores. All you have to do is brush up your skills, both inter-personal and manual.

Find alternative modes of travel

The best way to save by air travel is by collecting frequent flyer miles or scavenging for discounts and offers. Of course, you have to be prepared to travel cattle class (we’re travelling on a budget, remember?) When on land, hitchhike. It’s not as creepy as we see in the movies. And you’ll be surprised at how many people are willing to give you a free ride. Don’t hesitate to resort to local transport, even if it’s a crowded bus. That’s as close to a country as you can get, and always forms the most interesting vacation stories.

Live off-beat

Accommodation is the black hole of the entire budget. No matter where you go, unless you have a friend/family settled there and willing let you set camp, this is a thing to worry about. Accommodation is something that requires prior research. And if you do that well, you’re sure to find amazing hotels (with a view and everything) and extremely pocket-friendly rates. More importantly, stay in on weekdays and hit the roads on weekends. Some hotels have a reputation for ridiculous price hikes over the weekends. You can also look up for camping sites that offer a cheap and in-touch-with-nature solution. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try stealth camping!

Eat smart

Go, street-food! Travelling on a budget or not, this is something we believe every tourist should try. Street-cart food, and hole-in-the-wall cafes and restaurants give you a perspective of the country or city you would otherwise never have. Moreover, those big fancy hotels never really serve the authentic stuff and more than half the things on the menu will be completely unheard of to the local population. Soak in the shady, slightly messy delights of the streets; dirty your fingers a little and relieve your wallet of a huge stress.

Be the clever tourist

Firstly, Google “things to do in *insert country/city here* for free” and you’ll be surprised at the plethora of awesomeness up for display. Make a printable list of the same, and stick to it. Secondly, don’t buy those absolutely redundant mementos. Those things are always left in the cold musty darkness of the attic, gathering dust, for generations to come. Unless you’re sure that this is something exotic, useful and CHEAP, you’re better off without a shopping list. Instead, click hundreds and hundreds of pictures. They do a far better job at keeping the memories intact than the” I’m-a-tourist” tee.

The tricks may be off-beat and slightly uncomfortable, but that’s the whole essence of travel- to get out of your comfort and explore what you knew not existed! Plus, we do want to return home to money, remember?

  •   William Liam is an employee at The Peninsula, a firm that offers Riverside accommodation in Perth.His hobbies include cooking and travelling to exotic places.

Author: Staff Reporter

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