How To Make The Most of Travelling on a Shoestring
The prospect of travelling on a shoestring elicits varied responses, as money is the essential fuel that facilitates your travel adventure as without money your trip will feel like a plane grounded on the runway without the fuel required to take off.
You can travel on a budget and still have a wonderful time but the key principle in making this work is to ensure you have as much disposable cash as possible by reducing your biggest expenses. As an example, staying in the AC Hotel Guadalajara might be comfortable and rewarding but staying in cheap accomodation and riding buses rather than hiring a car would free up your budget to either travel for much longer or enjoy more once in a lifetime activities on your trip.
Here are two great ways to reduce your major travel expenses and squeeze more from a tight travel budget:
FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS
If you’re looking to travel internationally, then flights can take a large chunk of money from your travel fund. However, if you can be flexible with your flight dates then searching for cheap flights via comparison engines can save you a heap of cash.
Another factor to consider is being flexible with your departure and arrival airports; as an example if you were flying to Laos it might be worth searching for flights to other parts of Asia; like hub airports such as Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok – then getting a cheap AirAsia flight (the equivalent of Ryanair) direct to Laos, or even, to the North of Thailand where you get a local bus to the border for just a few dollars.
Similarly, if you are wanting to visit London – and there is a flight to Manchester that is $200 cheaper, it would make sense to book that flight and travel to London on a cheap train ticket that would take just a few hours.
In summary, the more flexible you can be in terms of time and location, the cheaper the flights you will be able to find.
WORK FOR YOUR ACCOMMODATION
A further huge expense when travelling is accommodation; even in countries known for being cheap, a basic room can be around $15 a day – which adds up to $450 per month. There is the option to rent a property for a few months, which can work out a LOT cheaper than staying in hotels or even hostels. Then, if you’re particularly enterprising you could always rent a three bedroom house in a convenient area which you sublet via AirBnB to other travellers.
The other thing to consider, if you’re really on a budget, are sites such as workaway that essentially allow you to volunteer for four hours a day, and in return you get free accomodation and food. This is not just a cheap way to travel, it’s a great way to be part of a community and meet other people whilst making a difference – particularly if you were to be volunteering somewhere like an orphanage or animal sanctuary.