Traveling the world can be easy and it can be cheap. As a matter of fact, with a little bit of effort and practice, you too can travel the world with very little money. For a long time now, the idea that “traveling is expensive” has prevented many people from experiencing adventure. Below, we are going to cover the top ten ways that anyone can travel the world safely and cheaply.
10. Choose the Right Location to Travel
One of the easiest ways to save money before you even venture out on your journey is to choose the right location. Keep in mind that certain areas of the world are much more expensive to travel than others. For example, countries like New Zealand, Japan, and Europe tend to be relatively expensive while countries like South America or South-East Asia tend to be relatively cheap.
9. Don’t Book Accommodations before You Arrive
As tempting as it may sound, don’t book your accommodations prior to reaching your destination. A lot of travelers tend to book hotels or hostels for a week only to figure out that they want to leave after one night. Here is a useful tip: if you do decide to book accommodations before you arrive, make sure that you only book for the day that you arrive. This will give you an entire day to determine whether or not that location is a suitable match for your needs. Also, if you are going to be staying in the same place for an extended period of time, don’t be afraid to try and negotiate a discount.
8. Participate in Free Activities
When traveling on a budget, one of the best things you can do is to participate in free activities. This is especially true when you are visiting expensive countries like Europe or Australia. When you make it your goal to do only those things which are free, you accomplish two things: one, you save money and two, you stay busy which essentially lessens the chance of you slipping up and spending more money than you have to. When traveling, try going for a walk, taking some pictures, and sitting down at a local café and enjoy some cheap coffee.
7. Buy Local Food
While traveling, few can argue that food tends to be one of the most expensive aspects about a trip. This is especially true if you are staying in an area that is predominantly known for serving Western Style food. If are staying in an area that promotes it, try food shopping from local vendors. This is where you will find the best deals and not to mention, some fairly decent meals. And despite what many travelers may believe, most vendors sell fresh and healthy food so the chances of becoming sick are small.
6. Pack Light
If you only bring a single backpack full of all your possessions on a trip then you will be saving yourself a lot of money and a lot of hassle. For example, you won’t have to pay your airlines the extra fee associated with bringing on too many bags. Plus, you will be able to walk more places (and not take taxis) when you are carrying a small bag full of stuff. You don’t need to bring your entire kitchen and the truth is that you can perfectly manage with a small amount of things while traveling.