Whether you’re hoping to head off on long-term travel, or you’re just planning a vacation, the more you save while you’re travelling, the more money you have for fun activities. Here are some ways you can make your money stretch further next time you travel:
Work while you travel
If you’re planning to travel long-term, you may already be planning to quit your 9-5. But if you do this with no backup plan, your money will eventually run out and you’ll be forced to head home and get another job.
Instead, work with your boss to see if there’s a possibility of working remotely. The best way to do this is to try to introduce remote work into your normal week at least a few months before. Convince them that you’re just as productive at home as you are in the office.
When you’re almost ready to go travelling, talk to them about your role and let them know that you’d be willing to continue working while on the road. If you’re great at your job, they may decide it’s not worth replacing you and give you a shot at staying with the company.
Another option? Start freelancing. Many skills from 9-5 work can be used for freelancing as well, including consulting, writing, web design, development, and more. If you begin freelancing before you leave, you’ll have a healthy roster of clients available to keep you going while you’re travelling.
Consider how you travel
When you first go travelling, it’s natural to want to see and do everything. But it makes sense to choose your destinations based on affordability when you first get started. Even if you’re on a vacation, choosing a destination where you get more bang for your buck will simply allow you to stay in much nicer accommodation and do and see more without breaking the bank.
If you’re travelling on a budget, Eastern Europe is much more affordable than Western Europe. And you can live like a King in South East Asia for what you’d pay in rent in North America.
One great option? Consider taking a bike. Biking is a great way to see a new city, and it’ll save you tons of cash when it comes to public transport and taxis. Before you head off, see if you can find some beach bicycles for sale, or check out mens cruiser bikes instead.
Make a budget
There’s nothing worse than arriving at a destination and realising it’s much more expensive than you were anticipating. Instead, spend some time researching before you arrive in each place, so you can make a realistic budget.
That way, you’ll be able to decide whether it’s worth staying in that expensive hotel, or whether you’d rather stay in a hostel and go SCUBA diving instead.
What are your top tips for saving money while travelling? Leave a comment below and let me know!