How to travel cheap
The most common question I get from people is how do I travel so often without going broke. It's definitely a common misconception that traveling is a luxury and only rich people can travel. I used to think this too until I learned how to travel cheap. This is a list of my top economical travel tips:
1) Do your flight search through Google Flights. Skip the travel sites. Google Flights is the easiest and that is where I have found some pretty sweet deals. When you search airline sites or travel sites, it is much more expensive. Google flights seek out the cheapest flights from multiple airline sites and show you the best deal.
2) The cheapest flight may not be the most convenient. That is okay if you want to save money. For example, I found a one-way ticket to Bangkok, Thailand for $500 and then a one way to Bali for $200. Flying to Bali directly from the United States is usually quite costly so I would recommend wither flying to Australia or a big hub in Asia first.
3) Stay in hostels or look for homestays. Try www.helpx.net. This website is amazing! They have free volunteer work exchange where you can go work on someone’s farm (take care of animals, plants and much more) in exchange for food and housing. Work exchanges allow you to travel for much longer at a cheaper cost. There are also opportunities at most hostels where you can work for them in exchange for a place to stay. However, you will most likely need a workers permit in order to work in that country. Just Google the country and you will find all the information you need on how to obtain a worker’s permit visa. If you are going to a place like Asia or Indonesia, you can usually get an Air B&B for quite cheap. Bali has high-end places to rent for as little as $20/night.
4) Pack snacks for the flight! I always bring a pack of protein bars to keep in my bag because airport food is typically quite expensive.
5) Bring a Hydro Flask or a reusable water bottle. Most airports have refillable water stations, which will save you a lot of money on water! You also won’t be using plastic so it’s a double win!
6) Pack less. I can’t stress this enough. When you are traveling cheap, you may be spending more time in airports, which means lugging around your stuff. Each trip I go on, I bring less every time. This also saves you on having to pay to check a bag
7) Cut back on everyday spending. Can you get up a little earlier and make your lunch for work or school for the day instead of buying it out? Same goes for coffee and tea. Make it at home and save money. Do you have clothes in your closet that you never wear anymore? Sell them. Do you have stuff laying around your house then you rarely use or could go without? Sell it. Offer up, Let Go, Next Door, and Craigslist are awesome places to sell your stuff.
8) So what are you waiting for? Buy that plane ticket and go!