Traveling is the best thing ever happened to me. I started traveling when I was just 17. Since then, I’ve traveled, explored, and learned so many things that I would have never experienced if I had not chosen to travel.
Things have changed so fast that now I don’t make advance bookings generally, rather I just pack my backpack and travel. Most of my friends, relatives, and social friends often ask me ‘How Do I manage to travel in the budget?’ ‘Is it possible for everybody to travel?’ ‘how do I manage to travel so frequently?’ or if there’s any mantra of earning or saving while traveling the world. That’s why in today’s post I am going to tell you some useful information which can be really helpful for you to travel more often and live a life you always wanted to live.
Be Planned: Whenever you plan to travel. Do proper research about your final destination and try to make a halt in/between in order to explore more of that region or country. Search about the destination, accommodation, local food, local people’s attitude, scams, weather conditions, culture, etc. It’ll help you to prepared mentally.
Travel Smart: With my traveling experience, I have learned that public transports are not only cheap but best in order to learn a city’s lifestyle or attitude. Try local food as it’s cheap or comparatively cheaper. Travel in group. If you’re solo, try staying in a hostel, where you can meet fellow travelers and make some travel expeditions together.
Night Journeys: On average, 30% of your budget you spend on lodging or accommodation. I would recommend if your journey is more than 8 hours, travel in night as it may help you to save your 1 night stay. You can do late check-out from your origin and make an early check-in request at your destination.
I have done it a lot and have saved a lot of money.
Go off the track: Mother nature is the most luxurious thing in the world. No 4-5 star can replace the experience of sleeping under billions of stars. Being a traveler, you just book accommodation for night sleeping and I would say to book something according to your budget.
Sometimes we want to live in a lavish or themed property and I completely understand it. So, in that case, I still live in budget hostels and at the last of my journey, I stay in a good hotel to relax. You can also do it?
Join Local Traveler Communities: Like all other professions, we travelers have communities as well. You can search for them on Facebook. I also have a traveler’s group called Travelhood, you can join it if you want. 🙂
Apart from this, there are many websites like Couchsurfing, Bewelcome, Trustroots, HospitalityClub, Air BnB, etc where you can fix-up a meeting with the local traveler, get cheaper accommodation and sometimes for free at your host’s place.
Choose Off-Season: Almost every country has an off-season. At that time many hotels, bar, adventure clubs, and the national park offers a huge discount which can help you to save money and travel to your dream destination. I would say to filter all those destinations first into your bucket list and travel whenever your pocket allows you.
Avoid Expensive Shopping: When I started traveling, I used to buy a lot of stuff which either I never used or gifted to somebody else. It used to happen a lot and I used to get broke in the middle of my travel.
I would say, don’t repeat my mistake. Spend on stuff you really need. I still buy souvenirs for my friends and family.
Hitchhiking: It is not meant for everyone as it takes loads of courage and passion to perform it. I also have done hitchhiking a few times and I know a lot of well-known hitchhikers in India and abroad who do it frequently.
Please do detailed research about the hitchhiking scenario about the country, you’re going to do. As I remember, there were some cases that have happened in Australia until now.
Travel within Group: We all have friends who live in mountains, beaches, desert or cities. Don’t hesitate to ask them for a retreat/host at their home. Also, you can choose to travel someplace where your friend’s relative lives, if they can get you hosted there.
I have traveled like this for years. Now I am very known face among my all relatives. 😀
PS: Carry some gifts to create a good impression on your host.
Join Organizations: There are several organizations that help you in traveling and accommodation to their registered members across the world at cheaper or discounted prices. Eg: YMCA Club Mahindra. Also, you can opt for staying in any Hindu Ashrams or Sikh Gurudwaras. They charge a minimal amount or you can give some donation at the time of checkout.
Volunteering: There are websites, companies, or NGOs that offer to volunteer around the world. You can join them and help the world to become a good place while living and exploring a new region. Eg Global Help Swap, Red Cross Society, WorkAway etc
Blogging/ Vlogging: This is a new and trending thing. I started blogging few years back but never took it seriously but there are some travelers who’ve turned it into a full-time job. Now they make 6-7 figure amounts and living the best of their lives.
You can also get collaboration with brands or tourism boards for cross-promotion and fill your pocket with their money.
Digital Marketing: We are living in a digital age. Until a few years back, there was nothing such as this profession but nowadays it has become the best professionals around the globe. It takes less time to understand social media or search engine’s algorithm which you can sell to the brands and companies and make a really good amount.
The best thing about this job is that you don’t need a job. You can do it remotely.
I have tried to mention as much as information I could share but if you feel there aer more ways to travel cheaper than please share those with me by commenting below.