It’s almost impossible to stop dreaming about your next adventure when you have the travel bug. Your whole vacation is planned out meticulously from the moment you begin to think about it until the moment you finally leave. In spite of this, you’ll always have that sneaky fear. That’s it! Funds. How in the world are you going to afford to go to all of these incredible locations if your bank account is in such bad shape?
Although the economic downturn has affected many people, there are methods to get past it, and you don’t necessarily need a significant sum of money in order to get yourself on that plane and on your way to that foreign destination you’ve always wanted to see. Budgeting your travel expenses may have a significant impact on the quality of your trip experiences, so keep reading for some tips and ideas!
Work while you’re on the road
Working while on your travels is one of the most effective methods to keep a steady stream of income flowing in. This may be done in a variety of ways, including taking up a freelancing career. Writing (or any other kind of online freelancing) will need nothing more than a laptop and an internet connection, both of which you will almost always be able to locate in your hotel or hostel.
If this isn’t your cup of tea and you’d rather go out into the area you’re seeing and meet people while you work, you could always find employment as a waiter or waitress, or perhaps something a little more unusual, such as working as a tour guide for other visitors. You can use an OTA to help promote tours you host. Think beyond the boundaries when it comes to the kind of occupations that you could be performing since your location will determine what you can do.
There will, however, be a plethora of opportunities open to you regardless of where you choose to reside. What about working on a farm harvesting fruit while in Europe, or even simply working at a hostel’s bar while on a working holiday? Whatever it is that you’re considering doing, you may need a work visa, so be sure to check into this before heading out into the world.
Even if working while traveling is a wonderful option for people who don’t have a lot of funds, it is important to consider the realities of doing so before you begin your journey. Have you already secured a position and saved up enough money to get you through the first few weeks of your new position? It is not a good idea to simply dive into this without making any preparations (even if we appreciate that this is exciting), since this might put you in a difficult position. Devise a strategy ahead of time.
Start putting money aside before you depart
You should save up some money before you go for your travels if you don’t want to work while you’re seeing the sights in the area that you’re exploring. There are a variety of approaches you may take, but if you want to save enough money, you’ll most likely need to put in a significant amount of time at a job from home.
The majority of people before they leave and go on a six-month journey, return to their homes with their parents in order to avoid having to pay any (or any amount of) rental money. Living with them for a few months may be available to help you in putting money aside, however this may not be an option for you (and it comes with varying degrees of success).
If you don’t believe you have any other choices for saving money, you might consider taking out a loan to cover your expenses for the first week or two before starting a new job in the area. If you are unable to get a loan through a bank, there are other alternatives, and businesses can help people with poor credit in obtaining immediate cash. Examine your alternatives if you want to save money before you depart.
One other thing to keep in mind is that while you’re traveling, it’s always ideal to stick to a tight budget to save money. Rather than dining out every meal, bring your own food and avoid staying in city center five-star hotels (although this may be possible in certain Asian countries). If you’re savvy, you’ll have more money in your wallet for longer!
The amount of money you have to pay out on your bills is determined by the agreements that you have. You can do a lot of comparison shopping online, which may help you save money on things like your utilities, your phone, and even your debt repayments. You don’t need the most expensive phone or the most luxurious automobile available – just acquire what’s affordable for you and keep to that cheap price range. Following your first successful expense reduction, you’ll be able to reduce more and more bills until you have the money necessary to schedule your next vacation.
Make Travel a Priority in Your Life
If you want to do something, you’ll go out there and do it. The difficulty is that, like with everything else, you have to make it a priority in your life in order to succeed. To save money for a down payment on a home, you’d create space in your budget to guarantee that you were fulfilling your personal savings objectives. The same is true if you want to tour the globe – if it is a top priority for you, you will find a way to make it happen. You will have to make sacrifices in order to make it happen, but they will be well worth it!
If you have a chance to travel but your personal finances are trying to keep you from going, don’t worry! You can still go! There are several methods for kicking it to the curb and getting back into the game. Working while traveling or saving money before departure are both viable options; the most important thing is to be financially prepared for the adventure of a lifetime!
Image Credits: Tirachard Kumtanom, Luis Yanez
Like this article? Share with your friends!