For some of us, merely the idea of global travel is something to get excited about. We think of everything in terms of how it could be an opportunity to see more of the world. A new job offers the chance to save money for the next trip. A new business means we can make connections with potential partners in far-flung corners of the globe. We don’t dread getting old – we like the idea of retiring and spending the free time seeing new places.
The deflating thing for many of us is that travel isn’t free. And in many cases, it’s not cheap at all. If your dream is to see the Hollywood Hills and you live in another country, then you’re going to need to think hard about how you’ll fund that dream. However, not having a huge budget doesn’t mean you can’t travel. It just means you need to think about how you’re going to make it happen.
Pick more affordable destinations
If your goal is simply to see more of the world, and you’re not laser-focused on a specific destination, then broadening the horizon can only be a good thing. Honestly, seeing Stonehenge close-up is cool, but it looks a lot like it does on the TV. Spreading your wings and trying the less beaten path will save you money and give you more unique travel experiences. Countries like Vietnam, Peru and Czechia are cheap to stay in, offer plenty of experiences, and are also safe places to stay.
Work your way around the world
Work is a reason why a lot of people can’t travel as much as they would like, but in the 2020s, your work doesn’t have to tie you to one place. If you can work from home, you can make “home” mean pretty much anywhere. Joining the ranks of the digital nomads, packing your laptop and any other essentials, and heading out to see the world means you can keep earning a wage while experiencing a new place whenever you want to. And if you put some cheaper countries and cities into your itinerary, you can even save a bit of cash while you work your way around.
Plan everything in advance
It’s not the most enjoyable thing in the world to sit and plan things to the letter, but it pays off. If you know where the cheapest places to stay, are aware of the locations of markets and shops, and read up on when places are likely to open and close, then you don’t ever need to find yourself in a situation where you have to pay over the odds for a restaurant meal or pick up provisions from an overpriced service station. Indeed, this kind of research can even be enjoyable, as you embark on a fact-finding mission to learn all you need to know about a city you’re planning to visit.
Speak the language
There’s no escaping the fact that it’s expensive to be a tourist, and the more of a tourist you are, the more expensive it gets. Being able to communicate with the locals – even if it’s just a few sentences – means you’re less likely to attract official and unofficial tourist taxes. Being prepared and able to mix with people who know the towns and cities you’re visiting means you can learn from them where the most affordable places to get food, drink and accommodation are.