When it comes to travel the first thing that we think about is having enough money to do so. And that is because many people relate travelling with a very expensive activity. This doesn’t have to be like that all the time.
Sure, you can go on luxury holiday and spend thousands of dollars on just a couple of days. But for the small budget there are also many ways to make travelling the world affordable.
This is why today we want to share with you our top 3 ways to make travelling the world affordable. This will allow you to stretch your travels, so you can travel longer and further.
If you want tips on how to save money for your next trip make sure to read this post.
1. Do Workaway or volunteering
Workaway is a platform where you can find a lot of opportunities to work a couple of hours a day in exchange for accommodation and sometimes food. Usually you have to commit to stay at least 2 weeks, but it always depends on the host.
This gives you the time to get to know the place you are staying at and the people you are staying with. You can experience the culture of the place since you are usually staying with locals.
They hosts vary from families that just want you to help them with language learning or taking care of the kids to hostels where you can do different tasks.
Workaway is probably the most famous platform, but there are many more like it. Some of them are WWOOF, HelpX and hovos.
There are also other platforms where you do housesitting or petsitting. This means that you mainly take care of pets or the house while the owners are away. Some platforms are: Trusted Housitters, Mind My House, House Sitter or Nomador.
Another option is to do volunteering. Find a volunteering project and help out. The thing with volunteering is that sometimes it is hard to find an actual volunteering where you don’t have to pay a lot for the program.
Grassroot Volunteering is focused on volunteering opportunities. Some of them are free, in some you are asked for a little contribution so that they are able to provide you with accommodation and food.
There are always ways to find a honest program that wont charge you a lot of money for helping people.
The main problem with longer travels is not that you didn’t save enough but that you just keep spending money without having any income. That is why most people can’t afford to travel for a long time.
But we are very lucky that we live in a time where working remotely or finding freelance jobs has turned into something very easy. This allows you to make some money online from anywhere in the world as long as you have internet connection.
It doesn’t matter what your background is, there are jobs for everyone. You can do costumer service, writing, design or programming jobs… There are so many opportunities for everyone.
There are many platforms where you can find freelance jobs like for example: Guru, ProBlogger, UpWork, Freelancer, PeoplePerHour…
That is something that we started doing too. It helps us to earn a little bit on the side to keep travelling. We just started out so our income with freelance jobs is still low, but slowly we are getting more jobs.
You can also find a remote job, where you work for a company from anywhere you want, but you know that you have a fixed salary with them and what your tasks are at all time.
3. Starting your own business
What better than having your own business and being your own boss? That way you can manage your time however suits you best. With your own business you don’t have anyone telling you what to do and when to do it.
Yes, maybe it is harder and it will take more time until you make money to live out of it, but isn’t it worth it?
So we recommend starting an online business, that way you are able to run it from everywhere in the world. It also allows you to reach more people. You are just a click away from every person with internet access.
There are many ways to start an online business, and one of them is to start a Blog. Uploading high quality content that your audience wants to see it the key to success here. Building up a community that likes what you do and that is willing to buy from you.
When you have the trust from your readers you can start selling them things. At the beginning you can do affiliate marketing, selling products from other people and earning a commission for every sell. Later you can bring out your own products.
As we said, this takes some time until you actually start seeing some progress. And you probably will have to work more at the beginning than in a normal job. You also have to be patient and keep working even if you don’t see that much progress. But if you keep working on it it will grow and you will see results.
The key when starting an online business is to do it with something that you are passionate about. If you don’t you won’t be willing to put in the time necessary to grow it. And if you don’t do that you will never see results.
When to start?
From our own experience we would recommend to start looking for freelance or remote jobs before leaving for your trip. At least have a couple of people from which you get projects in a regular basis. That way you know that you have at least some income while you are away. And when you have more time you can try to find more projects.
If you are planning to start a business we would also recommend to start doing it before leaving for your big trip. Start creating your blog and building up your community before. Even if it is just a little bit every day it is better than leaving with nothing started.
We started our blog when we were still in Germany and while we still had our jobs. Now that we don’t have our jobs we have more time that we can use to grow our blog. But at least we had all the basics and we can focus now only on growing it.
We are constantly finding ways to make travelling the world affordable for us. We love to do it and we don’t want to stop because we don’t have enough money.
But as you see, there are always ways to earn some money to keep living your dream life. And if it is travelling and being constantly on the road, there are ways to do it too. Just have to follow your dreams and find a way to make them happen.
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