The number one reason most people say they don’t travel more is because they don’t have the money to do it. However, not having enough expendable income to travel isn’t a deal-breaker, its merely a hurdle.
There are several creative strategies to help you travel cheaply.
Crowdfund your adventures
Crowdfunding is when a large number of people donate small proceeds to help some activity, project, or venture. It sounds like a pipedream; having other people fund your travels, but it’s actually a viable solution for budget travelers.
How do you get people to pay for your traveling? There are several platforms that let you pitch your idea to raise money. One of the most popular is Kick Starter which lets you propose a project and accept funds to help achieve your objective. One example of a creative traveler who used Kick Starter to fund her plane ticket and other travel expenses was this project by Susan Milam. She asked people to donate so that she could travel to Oxford and write a step-by-step guide to a walking tour in Oxford.
Consider following Susan’s strategy and propose a project where you create a guide or film documentary about the location you plan to visit. People like to live vicariously through others, so it’s not beyond belief that you could have your travels covered via crowdfunding.
Find sponsorship opportunities
Similar to the crowdfunding idea, sponsorships are another solution to help travelers explore the world without paying for it with their own money. Sponsorships can be hard to find, but they can provide an excellent opportunity to travel the globe at a fraction of what it would normally cost.
Most travel sponsorships are given to travelers that have some influence. This influence could be in the form of a large social following on sites like Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Sponsors are also looking for people who run successful travel blogs. If you have a blog or a large social following, then you should consider joining an influencer program that provides paid writing gigs and sponsorship opportunities for travelers.
Find work abroad
Another way to travel the world without spending a lot of money is to find paid gigs abroad. There are several ways for you to find work abroad. One idea is to teach English or whatever is your native language. Diverbo is a company that looks for English speaking people to help foreigners in Germany and Spain learn to speak English better. You’ll essentially get paid to learn a new culture and teach their people your native language.
The WWOOF is another organization that helps travelers find work abroad. This company will actually set you up with local farms around the world that need help working on the land. If you’re an explorer who isn’t afraid to get dirty and work, this is a great way to explore, while giving back to the local economy of your destination.
Be thrifty with your travels
The easiest way to travel on a budget is to be diligent about your money before the trip and after. You can find plenty of travel affiliate sites that offer cheap plane tickets, flight + hotel deals, and other flash sales for traveling. If you’re always prepared to leave, you can find affordable travel opportunities.
You should also consider dedicating a bank account specifically for traveling. Take out a small % of your check each month to go towards your travel account and when it comes time to plan your trip, you already have money put away.
Outside of being thrifty while planning your trip, you should also find creative ways to save while you’re on vacation. Consider using ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft to avoid having to rent a car. Also, services like Hostel World or Airbnb help you locate places to stay that are affordable and conveniently located.
Traveling doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. If you are smart and creative about how you plan and pay for your adventures, you’ll find that you can see the world for a fraction of what you might expect. The best part is, no matter the cost; if you travel, you’ll see and experience things that leave priceless memories.