Last year, 29.6 million Americans traveled overseas.
That should come as no surprise. Traveling abroad to new places is one of the best ways to educate yourself about different cultures.
Of course, not every trip needs to be educational. Business, family visits, and relaxing getaways are all reasons someone might travel abroad.
For those of us with a serious travel bug, we’re always trying to figure out where we’re going next and how we’ll have the money to do all the things on our bucket list.
The great news is there are plenty of resources online for people who want to travel on the cheap to experience the world. Here are some of the top tips we love to travel the world on a budget.
Seek Out Cheap Locations
One of the easiest ways to travel the world on a budget is to go to cheap destinations. These places have a relatively low cost of living so you can find food and accommodations for not much money.
Some of our favorite cheap destinations are Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
Travel these places now and save up for the more expensive locations when you’re older. You can read more about financial planning for travel here.
Work on the Road
If you’re taking a sabbatical and want to travel indefinitely, working while you travel is a great way to do it.
Some people take their remote home business with them when they travel. All they need is a laptop and internet connection.
Others prefer to find work when they get there. There are plenty of websites like Work Away and HelpX that can help you find work and volunteer opportunities to keep you busy. Teaching English abroad is another popular option.
Only take the bare essentials with you when you travel internationally.
Reason one is that it’s a pain to lug a giant suitcase with you all over the world. Reason two is that it’s cheaper – many airlines, especially budget ones – will charge you to bring a large suitcase on board.
Traveling quickly between destinations seems ideal especially if you’re on a schedule. However, the fastest modes of transportation – air and train – are the most expensive.
Instead of booking the high-speed train, opt for the slower, sleeper trains or even a bus.
Every place that attracts tourists has a high and a low season. For example, the Caribbean is more expensive in winter and early spring but back to regular prices in the summer.
Traveling during off-peak times can save you a tremendous amount of your travel and accommodation prices.
Get Free Flights
Signing up for a travel perks credit card won’t instantly get you a free flight, but it can help you get one eventually.
Most travel cards have deals where you get 30,000 to 50,000 miles after you spend a certain amount. For some travelers, that’s a round trip ticket right there.
Find Free Walking Tours
Free walking tours are fairly popular in the U.S. and Europe. You can find tons of information about free things to do in most major cities.
Most free tours tell you where and when to show up on certain days. Just remember to have a small tip ready for your tour guide after the tour.
Now You Can Travel the World on a Budget
When you travel the world on a budget, you find it’s challenging but so rewarding. When you can stretch your dollar more, you’ll get to see and do more.
There are plenty of other tips and apps that can help you plan your travel. Check out these travel tools you can download before you leave.