Creative ways to travel on the cheap
Want to travel more and can’t seem to afford it? Are you wanting to travel like you have more money in the bank than you really do? Time to get creative and think outside the traveling box.
It is true that you CAN make your dreams come true….you CAN make it happen! Here are a few ideas to get the wheels turning for making your travel dreams come true.
Creative Ways to Travel on the Cheap
Creative Ways to Travel on the Cheap -House Swapping
Yes, you heard me right. You leave your house and vehicle and switch with another family…across the world. They come to live in your house and drive your car and you live in their house and drive their car. You both serve as consultants about what to see and do in the area where you live. Sound easy? Sounds…scary? I hear you, but Kerry, The Trusting Traveler, has a great website all about doing just that. Read about her experiences. Her family has had some amazing adventures! Very interesting.
Creative Ways to Travel on the Cheap -Couch Surfing
In this interesting way to see the world, you go to the website and register and basically trade sleeping arrangements with people from all over the world. You might find someone with a couch literally or a guest room. The site is well run and has lots of information on how to make the whole experience wonderful.
Are you worried about Ted Bundy or Charles Manson showing up to surf your couch? I hear you! The couch surfing folks take safety seriously and have tips on how to make good choices. I’d be lying, though, if I said I would actually sleep on a stranger’s couch. Ain’t happening. But…there are many thousands of people who do it safely every single day and I offer the information in case you want to be one of them!!
Don’t forget that back in the day this arrangement would be like a boarding house. Lots of women ran boarding houses and as far as I can tell from history in the days before social media….mass murder under those circumstances was rare. 😉
Creative Ways to Travel on the Cheap – Unusual lodging
Not just for students anymore, hostels can be a really reasonable way to travel. Old fashioned ones have large rooms in which you rent a bunk and share with others. Newer hostels have smaller rooms that you may or may not share. Even families can join in the fun and have a room all to themselves!
Learn the details before you go. Sometimes you’ll need a lock to secure your things while you sleep and/or while you are away. Sometimes you’ll need to BYOL – Bring your own linens.
Usually there is a communal living area which you share with other travelers. You can visit with others and share information. You can also share food because sometimes there is a shared kitchen. Going to grocery stores and cooking your own can be a great way to save money and can be really a cool experience.
Be careful that what you buy is what you think you are buying! Once, while staying at an apartment in Bologna, we went to the grocery store and prepared to cook dinner. We found some fresh mushroom raviolis (which were crazy delicious) and I bought canned sauce – which I THOUGHT was something along the lines of our pre made spaghetti sauce. Instead I bought tomato sauce. The apartment had no more seasonings than salt and pepper which didn’t help the tomato sauce much. LOL! The raviolis were still the very best I have ever tasted – in spite of not having any sauce to go on them!
Live like a local. Sometimes renting a room this way can = crazy prices and/or crazy fantastic locations. But in addition to using airbnb to rent, you can also use airbnb to host. Do you have a spare room? Do you live in a tourist friendly place? Hosting other travelers can help you save money for your own future travels!
Creative Ways to Travel on the Cheap -Work abroad
You can work and travel along the way. Doing what you ask?
When you are an au pair live in someone’s house as a domestic worker or childcare professional. Sometimes teaching the kids English or letting them practice with you is a big reason families choose an au pair. Aupair World is an organization which puts together host families and aupairs.
Location independent work
Of course this relates to computer working…..if this is you…you probably know it! The rest of us….keep reading. 😉 Travel bloggers, travel writers, editors, marketing specialists, and SEO masters can work from anywhere!
The Department of Defense employs teachers for schools around the world. These teachers have teaching credentials in the states and work teaching American children whose parents work abroad. Interested? Go here.
These teachers are often from different industries than teaching. Work in that country or work via computer from home. Put your knowledge of your native tongue to good use! Consider earning one of these alphabet soup certifications TEFL, TESOL, CELTA to get your teaching experience started.
The Peace Corps is really a combination of working and volunteering abroad. There are several industries to choose from including agriculture, environment, community economic development, health, education, and youth development. Follow your passion, gain experience, and change the world while your at it.
Work at Disney
If you speak conversational French and English…give Disney a try!
Creative Ways to Travel on the Cheap -Delayed gratification
You feel like you are more of the ‘save money and then go on a trip’ type of person? No worries. Read about saving here. Don’t just save with travels ‘one day’ in mind. Make a plan. Search to find out how much that airplane ticket costs. Research hotels and hostels and found out how much money you need for lodging. Having a concrete plan will make saving money easier and more fun!
You CAN make it happen! The Educational Tourist can help you plan the journey!
Natalie, The Educational Tourist