Even with fall right around the corner, it’s still not too late to plan a late-summer getaway. In fact, with so many restrictions lifted, it’s easier than ever to travel and see the world. Even if you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, there could be one thing holding you back, and that’s paying for it. Even though there were plenty of low-cost vacation packages to be had, travel costs can still add up and ultimately prevent you from visiting places you really want to see. If you’re determined to see the wonders of the world while saving money, we’re here for it. Below are five tips to help you travel without emptying your pockets.
One of the easiest ways to see other parts of the world is to get a job overseas. Even though a lot of people work remotely now, not everyone is that lucky. If you fall into this category, you can always look for employment aboard. You can become a language teacher, work in a bar or even set up with own business. If you prefer to work as a freelancer, you can also set up accounts on freelance websites and start advertising your services.
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Take Out a Loan
If you already work remote but are short on cash, you could consider getting a personal loan. Depending on your situation and credit score, you might be eligible for a higher loan amount. You can use the money to fund your trip without having to dip into savings. Getting a loan also allows you to build credit, so be sure to always pay on time.
Become an Au Pair
If you dream of living in Europe, becoming an au pair might be right for you. In many cases, you can actually live with the family you work for, which cuts the costs of housing. In addition, they might even sign up as your sponsor, so you can get a work visa. It’s a good idea to check out your local consulate’s website about the specifics prior to applying to jobs.
Go on a Tourist Visa and Stay in Hostels
If you’re American, you can travel for up to 90 days without a visa. In addition, you can also choose low-cost housing options, like hostels or B&Bs. Both hostels and B&Bs are quite different than they used to be. In fact, a lot of them are actually considered higher end if you know where to look. A simple online search will bring a variety of options including, co-living spaces, female-only and even places that are family friendly. As with any type of booking, it’s a good idea to check out the reviews prior to booking. Going this route ensures that you will always find ways to entertain yourself while traveling because there is no shortage of adventure and opportunities to meet tons of new people.
If the idea of dropping thousands on a hotel makes you cringe, you’re not alone. Hotels are notorious for overcharging and not delivering the perks you paid for. If that’s what holding you back, but you don’t want to stay in a B&B or hostel, you could look into doing a house swap. There are plenty of people who are looking to spend time aboard in the USA or elsewhere, so all you need to do is find a reputable site and find a suitable match.
Visit Friends and Family
Instead of planning your travel around the places you want to visit, consider planning them around places where you can take advantage of free accommodations. If you have friends or family spread out across the globe, plan a visit. Depending on the closeness of your relationship, you can likely stay at their home for the duration of your travels, which will save you tons of cash. Be sure to think about what this might mean for the way you spend your days though, if there are sights you want to see or activities you want to do, best to communicate that clearly so that you don’t take a trip that just ends up being a couple days of not doing much besides hanging out.