“No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.” – Chuck Thompson
If you are a traveller, you must have found this to be true quite often. Many destinations have a bad reputation simply because some travellers had a bad experience or two, but unless you visit a place and experience its culture and people for yourself, you cannot form a realistic opinion.
I love to travel for this reason. It allows me to meet new people, explore new places and new cultures. It opens up my mind and makes me appreciate the beauty of nature and humanity much more every single time.
However, the biggest impediment I find to my travel addiction is money. I believed travelling was for the rich, until I met a few like-minded friends who showed me the way to save money while travelling, how to travel on a budget, and even better how to earn money while travelling.
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I have been using these techniques in my own travels and saved considerable amount of money which I then add to my future travel kitty. If you are a novice traveller like I once was, and would like to travel far and wide but within budget, then you have reached the right place. I am going to tell you 5 ways to travel on a budget and 3 ways to make money while travelling, so you can fund a portion of your travel from your earnings during the travel itself!
So let’s get started!
1. Book Smart
I book all my hotels and inns online. The benefit is I can get discounts via deals and offers, and by booking in advance I can save on lots of money, as usually the nearer you get to your travel date, the higher the charges go. Another trick I learnt from seasoned travellers is to book hotel via a private browsing window. As you browse through the hotels in your search for the perfect one, you leave an electronic trail behind via cookies. This makes it easy for the websites to track that you have visited them before and are frequently checking hotels. Kaboom! the hotel prices will go up! Same with the airline booking. To get over this, always book your stay and travel using private browsing window.
2. Take the road Less Travelled
Popular tourist destinations are chock full of tourists and this makes everything at these destinations expensive. From accommodation to food. A simple and adventurous way to save money is to take the roads less travelled. Visit destination less frequented by tourist. Everything at ‘off-the-beaten-path’ destinations will be cheaper, plus you will get a chance to experience the local culture and customs much better.
Popular destinations often showcase the more touristy version of local food and culture.
3. Travel during Off-Peak Season
Peak Season makes everything more expensive everywhere. For budget travellers, off-peak season is the time to travel. Not only do you save money, but you are also free to explore the destination at your own leisure since it will not be as crowded as it would be in the peak season.
If you find the weather to be unbearable during the off-peak season, then you can plan your travel at the very end of the peak season.
4. Be Loyal
Join a frequent flyer program and stock on the miles. It might look silly and far-fetched, but if you are a frequent traveller, you can stack up some impressive miles and exchange them for some cool free flights, saving you tons of money.
5. Stock on Sale
Off peak season often herald sale events as business is less and hotels and airlines like to tempt travellers with steeper discounts. Keep an eye out for these sales, and make your bookings during the events. Also most hotels and airlines do participate in the popular holiday sales like ‘Black Friday’, Boxing Day etc. Stock up on your travel requirements during these sales.
How to Make Money while Travelling:
1. Work at your destination
If you are travelling on Budget, hostels are best places to stay; they are cheap, have basic amenities and give you the real backpacker feel. When you reach your destination, check with your hostel if they have any work opportunities. Many hostels need cleaner, receptionist and such other staff. You can exchange your service for board. If you have any teachable skill like a Yoga instructor, photographer etc., you can offer classes to the hostel inmates and earn money from it.
2. Get your Photos to Earn
Whether you are a professional photographer or not, you are most likely to carry a digital camera with you on your trips. Clicking snaps to save memories, and share them with your family and friends back home is sweet; however, you can use the cameras to make money too. Click the photos and upload them to photo sharing sites like ‘Clashot’, Shutterstock etc. Whenever anybody downloads your submitted photo, you will earn money off it.
3. Online Freelance Work
Travelling doesn’t mean you can work. Carry around your laptop, and get working as freelancer. There are tons of freelancing sites like Upwork, Freelancer and more where you can take up any kind of work that suits you. Data entry, writing articles, clicking photos, making keepsakes and much more. Whatever sails your boat, do it and earn money even while travelling.
So there you go, your budget travel is now a step closer to becoming true. Implement these pointers, and make your next trip more pocket friendly. Happy Travelling.