You don’t need to be rich to travel the world. Being prepared is key, as is staying on a serious budget. It takes a little innovative thinking and sometimes skimping on splurges but if you want to travel the world, you can. Start by considering your musts for traveling with ease, such as voice navigation on all your devices, and consider what technologies can best save you time, money, and stress.The two biggest cost obstacles for international travel are airfare and accommodation. For example, it’s pretty easy to eat and live in Ghana once you arrive, but getting there is another matter. Flying standby can save you up to 75 percent of regular airline costs, but you need to be flexible and have a positive attitude.
It’s All About Timing
Many tropical destinations have off seasons and that’s where you can save serious cash on lodging, airfare and activities. There’s no reason you have to go to Colombia during the spring. The weather is just as good in the autumn and hotels are sometimes half price. Research your destination and figure out when the best time for you to go is.
Hostels are another option for saving money on lodging. Many hostels operate more like bed and breakfasts, and there are often private rooms with private bathrooms. Get the image of teenage European bunkbedders out of your head because that’s often not reality. Many hostels in developing countries are actually local families with large houses looking to make a little extra income and the food is amazing.
Give Yourself a Year
Budgeting for your dream trip takes time and dedication, but make sure it happens. One year is a feasible amount of time for someone on any budget to plan for their trip. This will require sacrifices but having a goal on the horizon makes it easier. You need to include a vacation fund line on your budget’s item list.
Use a spreadsheet or program to track every paycheck and every necessity. Can you let go of unlimited data on your mobile phone or cable TV? Be reasonable when considering how much you spend on groceries and gas every week. Cut corners wherever you can and re-direct that money into your blossoming vacation fund.
More Than a Vacation
If you’re up for a serious adventure, you can always move abroad for a while. The easiest way for many people to do this is teaching English abroad. However, unless you have a certificate to teach English to foreign speakers, the best place to go is South Korea. An average salary is about $2,000 a month, and usually includes an apartment, cell phone, and utilities – and lunch is included.
You also won’t have the bills to pay like you do at home like a car payment or gas bill. It’s possible to find a contract for three months to test it out but a year is more common. Vacations are often paid and it’s a breeze to visit Japan, China, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries during your ex-pat career.
As you prepare for your travels, research is key. Check out the latest blogs from those who have traveled to your destination recently and look for used travel items or coupons for extra savings. With a little prep work, traveling might just be easier than you imagined.
Guest Author Bio: Trevor is a freelance writer and a self-proclaimed “Travelholic” writing for Hyundai Atlanta. He enjoys traveling to parts unknown, sampling local cuisines, and sharing his experiences with the world. In his free time, you can find him planning his next trip or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.