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Saving up to go on vacation can feel a little wince-worthy when you peek at your bank balance, but it helps to remember that each trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience something special. But what about spending money when you actually arrive at your […]
Travelling is a fantastic life experience, everyone loves the awesome combination of taking a break and seeing new places, but the costs can add up quickly. Flights, accommodation and spending money all work together to make the dream of travelling seem distant. But a little bit of creativity and planning can help you collect the funds for a life-changing trip.
- Save a little bit every month
Sacrificing a little bit of your monthly expenditure on a month-to-month basis can quickly add up to a chunky travel fund. Start with a small monthly amount that involves a small sacrifice, and build it up over a period. You will quickly become used to skipping a few lattes every week, and soon enough be in a saving’s habit that can fund extensive trips covering the globe.
- Think about working while travelling
If you can take long periods of leave or are not currently employed full time think about taking a working holiday. Plenty of regions in the world offer the opportunity to work while you visit, whether it is working on a kibbutz for a summer or acting as bar staff in Paris – working while you’re travelling allows you to enjoy a new environment while saving for an action packed finish to your trip.
- Grab a deal when you see it
Travel deals come and go with the best deals snapped up very quickly. If you don’t have the cash to splash on an excellent deal, consider making use of short-term loans to cash in on savings. Whatever your status, personal loans for people with bad credit can tide you over for a month or two so that you can grab the deal and pay back the money quickly. Carefully look at travel deals before you put up the cash – though there are good savings to be made, some deals are merely repackaged standard rates.
- Get a second income
Have a bit of spare time? Think about what you can do to earn extra cash. Whether it is working a few shifts at your local coffee store, or offering your skills in a freelancing environment, extra hours can quickly add up to an income. Set this money aside for travel funds. Once you’ve enjoyed a trip or two with your extra working hours you will be motivated to work to save up for more travel.
- Apply for a travel grant
Surprisingly, there are organizations that exist for the sole purpose of funding travel. These are often focused on scholars and students, but you could find a travel grant even if you’re not in education. Look for cultural exchange programs that will often fund much of the travel costs. These programs could include a degree of teaching from your side, or simply be awarded based on a competition.
Be creative, and travel
Think outside of the box and your current budget and you could easily come up with some ideas to build a travel fund. You might need to sacrifice a bit of spare time or cut down on some of life’s regular pleasures. But in return, travelling offers you the opportunity to discover the world, new cultures and yourself.
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Staying in a hotel used to be fun and exciting, but lately the opposite has been true. In fact, the majority of the time when I’ve stayed in hotels these days, I’ve been disappointed by either the experience or the service.
There was that hotel by Sydney Airport where I stayed with my mum and didn’t get a minute of sleep since it was right by a truck stop and the room was absolutely filthy. Then there’s the Ibis I stayed at in Prague which felt like prison, and the hotel in Krakow which, while cute, had the narrowest beds I’ve ever stayed in.
And it’s not like hotels are cheap. If anything, prices seem cheap online when you book and then you’re hit with fees once you arrive- taxes, resort fees, wifi, snacks, parking, and more. B&Bs are the best option if you’re sick of these fees, since they’re usually all-inclusive so while you’ll have free wifi, bottled water, parking, and other goodies, you’ll also usually find that breakfast is included as well.
And wow, what a breakfast. Hotel breakfasts have got a lot to answer for lately, and if it’s not a sad continental breakfast, you’re looking at a buffet which has had food left out for hours (can you say food poisoning?)
At B&Bs, not only are you usually treated to a home-cooked breakfast, but it’s going to be a lot more authentic than the cereal you usually get in most hotels. Firstly, it’s likely to be cooked by a local, and you’re also likely to be eating fresh local ingredients as well- what a way to start the day.
Speaking of locals, one of the reasons why B&Bs offer such great service is because you’re often interacting with the locals every day, and they’re usually doing everything they can to make your stay spectacular. Since they usually know the area like the back of their hand, they can tell you where to go for the best local food, the tourist spots that are worth visiting (and the ones to avoid), and will give you priceless inside knowledge about the culture and history of a place. This is something you’re unlikely to find in a hotel where you’re treated like just another number.
I also like B&Bs because they’re often just a little quirky. I’ve stayed in places where each room has a different colour or theme, and it makes you feel like you’re not just another customer, and instead are as unique as the room. It also means that you can often choose a room that reflects your needs or personality which I love.
Another great thing about B&Bs is they offer a great chance to be social if you want to meet new people, while also giving you plenty of privacy if you want to be left alone. This is something you often don’t find at hotels, so if you’re planning to travel sometime soon, consider choosing a bed and breakfast instead of a hotel.
Instead of living at home with your parents, working two jobs and quitting all socializing for a year before embarking on a huge, round the world trip that lasts until you’ve run out of money, have you considered making money while you’re travelling so you […]
We’ve all seen those lucky people who get to travel indefinitely, making money on the road and having adventures around the world without having to go home and work and save. So how do they do it? Believe it or not, earning money while travelling is easier than you may think, so here are a few way different ways you can earn money while you’re on the road:
Take your job with you
Many people assume that in order to galavant around the world, they’ll need to quit their job for good. But if you’re a valued member of your team and you can already work from home, there’s no reason why you can’t keep working for your current company and simply keep working from home….in another country.
Before you approach your boss, have a plan for how you can make it work. Maybe you can attend all meetings via video conference, or you’re happy to commit to working the same hours, even with the time difference? Think about all the possible objections your boss will have, and be prepared to walk if they’re not prepared to compromise.
Use your skills
If you have left your job, there’s no reason why you can’t still use your skills to make some cash on the road. If you’ve been writing software, designing websites, copywriting, or a similar job that can be done remotely, it may be time to launch your own business. Ideally, you want to do this while you’re still working at home, so you can get your portfolio sorted and begin reaching out to clients while you still have money at home. Plenty of people have started businesses abroad though, you may just need to find a cheap spot in Southeast Asia where you can get some serious work done for a few months.
Did you can you can earn money while actually having a good time? This may sound crazy to people who have ditched their stodgy office, but if you already like gambling, you can take your passion online and potentially earn some serious cash while also enjoying yourself.
Find a job overseas
Depending on the country you’re from, you’ll find that there are many different visas available which can allow you to actually work and live in a new country. Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the UK all have reciprocal Youth Mobility Visas, so if you’re under 30 (35 for some countries), you can go ahead and find a job once you’re already overseas.
You’ll need to apply for your visa before you leave your home country in most cases, and the embassy will want to see that you have enough money to support yourself before you find a job. This is a great way to make sure you don’t run out of cash though, and you’ll also be able to spend more time meeting and hanging out with locals.
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