We all want to take that vacation, career break, or gap year, but with the way the economy is right now, many people are concerned about being financially stable. To some, travel is not an option. It is a luxury. However, the idea that travel is always expensive is simply not true. There are plenty of great travel destinations in the world that won’t break your bank once you’re there.
Wish that you could afford to travel more? According to a famous traveler you can. For the past eight years, he’s traveled around the world and spent approximately $45,000 in the process, which averages out to just $15 per day.
Here are his tips for aspiring budget travelers:
- Expensive countries make it easier to spend less: As counterintuitive as it sounds, being in a country with a high cost of living forces travelers to seek out the most affordable options. For example In Europe you can go camping and couchsurfing all the time out of necessity, but in Asia you can happily pay for accommodation, because it’s cheaper.
- Couchsurfing is your friend: You can use sites Couchsurfing.org & Warmshowers.org to find places that offer free stay in foreign countries. This way you can save all your accommodation money and use it for other things.
- You don’t need to save a lot of money to get started: Traveling can cost you upto $6,000 a year. You can save this money just by working for three months. If you want to travel and you are passionate about adventure you can start with a small saving goal. Saving $20 a week for a year can give you $1000, which is enough for 2-3 months of traveling.
- Use a little-known search engine for flights: Using ITA Software’s Matrix Airfare Search can help you find the cheapest flights. Some flexibility in your travel plans also helps. Search by month, it will give you all prices for 30 days in a row and hence you can pick the cheapest.
- Look for out-of-the way destinations: Anyone looking to travel on a budget should look for places that have little to no tourism. It’s not so much about the destination itself, but that the people living there will perceive you differently. If the locals are used to rich westerners that spend a lot of money, they see you as a business opportunity. But if they barely come in contact with foreigners, then their curiosity wins and you will get a much more personal contact. You will be a guest, not a walking ATM. Some of the recommended destinations include the Andaman Islands, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Djibouti, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.
- Try touring the world by bike: Takes flights only when absolutely necessary, and travels from country to country on bike. A guy traveled through six bikes in past eight years and spend approx 800 euros (892 USD) for the sirst and 100 euros ($111 USD) for the second and 400 euros ($446 USD) for the third. Since then he attracted sponsors and got his last three bikes for free. You can also use your cycle to travel locally, and since bicycling doesn’t cost anything, you can spend most of your daily budget on food.
- The hardest part is leaving your comfort zone: Once you’re on the road, living without familiar luxuries becomes easy. But getting out of your routine to start traveling can be a challenge, particularly when it mean giving up creature comforts. The most difficult part today would be giving up PC and Fast Internet Connection. If you can adjust on such things, traveling on a budget becomes easy.