Seeing the world is one of the most enriching things you can do. It’ll teach you more than you ever learned in school. You’ll make friends all around the globe and immerse yourself in cultures you didn’t even know existed. You can see the tourist sights or trek off the beaten track. Whether you’re on a quest to see every continent or just fancy a quick weekend break, don’t hesitate.
Many can be put off travelling due to the expense. Glancing at plane fares or hotel quotes is enough to scare you away. But travelling doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, if you’re prepared to be a little resourceful, traveling is much less expensive than you think. The cheap plane tickets are out there! If you follow these simple rules, you’ll be flying off to your favourite country in no time.
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Firstly, you’re going to need some encouragement. Find that perfect place you’ve always wanted to go. Get a picture of it and put it on your fridge, or stick it to your computer. If it’s always there in front of you, saving will be a little easier.
There is unfortunately no quick solution to building up the money. But saving isn’t necessarily the difficult part. Try saving just $2-5 dollars every day for a few months and you’ll easily save enough to travel. That’s the cost of buying a coffee every morning. Easy, right? Treat saving as an expense and put a certain amount aside every week.
Travel With A Friend
Traveling with a friend is important for many reasons, not least the cost. A buddy will keep you going during the stressful times (like trying to find the right train in a different language!) You can share the laughs with them and you won’t feel so homesick in a strange place. It’s also safer to travel with someone else.
Traveling with a friend can cut down your traveling costs. You can share a hostel room and half your accommodation bill. You can share food and split many other travel costs. If you can’t convince someone to come with you on your crazy journey, find them online. Sites like Tourbar.com help you connect with like-minded people looking to travel.
Sleeping Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive
Thanks to Hollywood horror films, hostels have a bad reputation. But they’re always great value for money and immaculate. They’re cheap and you can usually get yourself a private room if you don’t fancy sharing. You won’t get a five-course meal, but that’s not really why you’re there, is it? Hostels are also a great way to meet other travellers, share stories and tips and maybe even find someone to ride to the next city with.
If you’re feeling adventurous, there are many resources online to help you find places to stay. Some people will offer the use of their spare room or sofa to travellers – often for nothing. It can seem a little strange at first but it’s a great way to immerse yourself into the culture of a foreign place.
Finally, get a credit card that allows you to build up airmiles. Find the right one and do all of your regular shopping with it. Over the course of the year you’ll have built up enough points for a free flight or a night in a hotel. Easy!
There are plenty of ways to travel on the cheap. If you’re prepared to look for it, the cheap rates and the travel hacks are out there. When you finally made it to your dream city, all the searching and saving will be worth it.