Cheap Ways To Travel The World With No Money
Cheap Ways To Travel The World. I almost always get the same response when I ask readers what the biggest obstacle is to them traveling: money.
Every person I speak with says, “Matt, I just don’t have enough money to travel.”
My most frequently asked question is about this issue and how to solve it.
I have addressed this query numerous times in posts, emails, tweets, and Facebook updates over the past 14 years. Because I talk about this topic so frequently, devoted readers may even be getting tired of hearing me talk about it.
But I’m aware that no matter how often I address this issue, it will resurface.
I like to keep bringing up this point because it’s a frequently asked one: You don’t have to be wealthy to travel.
You don’t have to be wealthy to travel, let me say that again.
You just need to be willing to get inventive if you want to travel on a budget or even for nothing.
It seems like a pipe dream to think you could travel the world without any money. However, it is feasible and can be done responsibly without going over budget. However, there are many ways to travel the world on a budget, including many opportunities to travel for free. It should be noted that there are some costs you shouldn’t skimp on (like travel insurance).
I’m going to demonstrate two things for you in this post:
- Cheap travel strategies
- Ways to travel for nothing
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Finding ways to reduce your expenses, using money-saving apps and websites, and even earning money while you travel are all essential components of cheap travel. It’s about getting the best deal possible, cutting costs, and maintaining your ability to do whatever you want.
When you travel for free, you make use of existing opportunities for free food, lodging, and activities to completely eliminate your costs. Additionally, free flights and lodging can be obtained using points and miles. In order to maximize your travel time, you have to forgo comfort and convenience.
Your travel aspirations are attainable if you have the proper funds and attitude. There are numerous ways to travel abroad even if your income is modest or you are in debt (I still had debt when I went on my first trip around the world). They might not be opulent or fancy, but if traveling is your top priority, you can certainly make it happen!
Are you prepared to start traveling on a budget and to save money? Simply click on one of the links below to go straight there!
1. Take a Job Abroad
You’re not getting paid enough at work. Or, what’s worse, do you have a job you detest? Why not find employment abroad? If you aren’t picky, there are many opportunities in the world. After all, you are just using this as a way to pay for your travels rather than beginning a career.
Here are a few well-known (and simple to find) jobs you can get while traveling:
- A live-in caregiver known as an au pair assists a host family by taking care of their children and performing some basic housekeeping. You receive free lodging and food in return, along with a meager salary. This is a great option if you want to pick up a new language or get a taste of a different culture. For more information on working as an au pair, see this post.
- Bartender – If you have the skills, it would be simple to move this job abroad because it is always 5 o’clock somewhere. If you choose to go that route, getting a job under the table is also a simple process. Consider working as a dishwasher or busser instead of a bartender if you lack the necessary skills.
- Hostel employee – Because hostel employees don’t typically stay on the job for very long, there is always a need for new assistance. It’s a great way to make new friends and get settled in a new place at the same time. To avoid issues with visas, you can typically begin as a volunteer (in exchange for a free room). Worldpackers, Workaway, and HelpX are three websites that can assist you in finding hostels where you can volunteer.
- Waitress/waiter – There are a ton of seasonal eateries all over the world (and in the US) that require additional staff during the peak travel season. If you have experience, finding a job like this abroad is simple.
- Farm worker – While hardly glamorous, this job is a great way to make a lot of money quickly if you don’t mind the hard work (since you’ll be farming in the middle of nowhere and won’t have time to spend your money!). In Australia and New Zealand, this occupation is very well-liked.
- Dive instructor: If you have your certification, this is a job that is simple to travel with because there is always a need for dive instructors. The best part is that these jobs are frequently located in beautiful tropical settings!
- A career as a tour guide would be ideal for you if you have a passion for history and don’t mind speaking in front of crowds. Additionally, it’s frequently a cash job, so you receive your tips up front.
- Working on a cruise ship is a lot more formal than the jobs mentioned above, but it’s a fantastic way to travel. Even though the hours are long, living at sea has some benefits!
- Casino worker: If you enjoy the nightlife and don’t mind working in a casino, this is a fun job to have abroad even though it might require some training.
- Seasonal ski resort employee Ski resorts require all kinds of staff to keep things running, making this a goldmine for international travelers (as long as you don’t mind the snow!). These staff members include instructors, restaurant staff, hotel staff, and lifeguards.
- Working for the wealthy and famous on their yachts can pay very well, despite the long hours involved. The best part is that you are frequently in some spectacular locations!
- Yoga instructor: Teaching yoga abroad is a simple way to earn some extra cash if you have the necessary skills (and certification). Although you might need to speak the language, yoga studios can be found in almost every city in the world.
Working abroad is frequently disregarded as a possibility because it seems challenging. It isn’t. Just be willing. These positions don’t call for a lot of education or experience in the workplace.
Will you land a well-paying office position? No.
Will you land a menial job at a low wage that will cover all of your travel expenses? Yep!
I’ve come across individuals from all walks of life who use this method to pay for their travels, both in Western and non-Western nations. It’s a quick, enjoyable way to extend your trip, broaden your experience, and earn some extra cash so you can keep traveling.
2. Travel and Teach English
Teaching English abroad is one of the best ways to earn money for travel. You can make a lot of money teaching; while working in Thailand, I topped up my travel budget, and friends of mine left South Korea with tens of thousands of dollars in their bank accounts.
Depending on the nation you work in, all you need is a TEFL degree and the ability to speak English fluently. There is a great need for teachers in the world, and many Asian employers will even cover your flight there.
Even though it’s not required in many countries, having a college or university degree will allow you to earn more money and apply for better jobs.
You can also teach virtually thanks to the numerous websites and services available. From anywhere in the world, you can assist people in learning English as long as you have a strong Wi-Fi connection!
Online teaching opportunities include:
3. Work on a farm while WWOOFing
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms is the abbreviation. It’s a website that enables you to work on a farm for free housing and food. It’s a wonderful way to get a comprehensive view of a location and spend time in nature. Everything is covered once you arrive at the farm; however, getting there costs money. You will undoubtedly travel more affordably, have a more interesting experience, and meet a lot of cool people.
With more than 12,000 hosts and 100,000 volunteers, WWOOF offers opportunities in 130 nations. Portugal, France, Italy, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii are some of the most sought-after locations for WWOOFers.
4. Make use of the sharing economy.
Use the sharing economy to locate more affordable lodging, amusing tour guides, ridesharing opportunities, and home-cooked meals prepared by regional chefs.
Sharing economy websites allow you to bypass the traditional travel industry and connect with locals who are using their own resources and expertise to start small tourism businesses with lower prices.
Additionally, locals are aware of bargains. They are aware of the most affordable supermarkets, the best sales, and the locations of local establishments serving delicious food at bargain prices. You can learn that information if you speak with them directly.
These websites have altered the travel industry and increased accessibility.
Some of my favorite websites are listed below:
- Airbnb – The go-to platform for finding budget accommodation.
- BlaBlaCar – A ride-sharing app that connects you with drivers who have extra seats in their car (primarily for medium and long distances).
- EatWith – Platform that connects you with local cooks serving private meals.
- RVShare – Lets you rent RVs and camper vans directly from locals.
- Turo – A car sharing marketplace that lets you rent vehicles from locals.
- Campspace – This platform lets you camp on private property. Properties range from basic tent plots to luxurious glamping and RV stays.
- Trusted Housesitter – Provides free accommodation in exchange for pet sitting.
5. Prepare Your Own Food
Cooking all of your own meals while traveling is the best way to save money. Instead of spending an average of $15 USD per meal eating out while I was in Stockholm, I spent $60 USD on groceries for a week! That’s a $150 USD savings!
I’ve done the same thing in dozens of nations around the world, especially in pricey locales like Iceland where dining out can seriously deplete your financial resources.
If you plan to stay in a hostel, make sure to reserve a room with a kitchen so you have a place to prepare meals. Your host will likely have a kitchen if you’re couchsurfing or using Airbnb.
no kitchen Make some sandwiches and salads on the go by bringing your own container and cutlery. No, not every meal calls for a stove.
You don’t have to eat out every meal just because you’re on the road. If you decide not to eat out one day while visiting Paris, it won’t ruin your trip! There is simply no need to spend a lot of money on food while traveling!
6. Purchase rail cards
When it comes to train travel, rail passes (like the JR Pass in Japan or the Eurail Pass in Europe) are a great way to save money. Rail passes will probably be much less expensive than individual trips if you plan to travel the area extensively.
Booking in advance can typically save you about 50% of the cost of a train ticket when making individual travel arrangements. That, however, ties you to a predetermined schedule. Rail passes can save you a lot of money while giving you the flexibility you need if you don’t want to be bound by a set schedule. I’ve done this in Europe and saved hundreds of dollars!
7. Remain in Big Dorms
The cheapest paid accommodations are the sizable dorm rooms at hostels. This is the next best way to cut costs on lodging if couchsurfing isn’t your thing. The cost of a dorm decreases with its size. A 12–18 bed dorm will be a little less expensive, even though a 4-6 bed dorm might give you more privacy. All of this will add up over time. Choose the larger door if you have earplugs and a sleeping mask to avoid breaking the bank!
If you have trouble falling asleep, make sure to read the reviews before making a reservation to make sure you don’t pick a party hostel. You can typically find a hostel in a bigger city that is quieter than the others. You won’t be as socially connected or in a prime location, but you’ll be able to sleep soundly.
You’re almost certain to encounter some snorers in a big dorm. If earplugs are still ineffective, download an app like Rain Rain, which continuously plays rain sounds. You can use a timer to set the music to stop after an hour or so, which will make it easier for you to ignore the noises in the dorm as you try to sleep. Additionally, Spotify offers a variety of playlists for rain and white noise.
8. Utilize student ID cards and other discount cards.
Are you younger than 26? A student? A teacher? Welcome to the world of discounted prices galore, including 50% off attractions! Get a student, teacher, or youth card to save a lot of money while traveling. If your ID card doesn’t have an expiration date, you probably still have enough time to get by even if you just graduated. Asking about discounts for children or students is a great way to easily save a ton of money while you’re traveling.
Discounts are frequently offered at popular tourist destinations like museums and galleries (especially in Europe). Asking never hurts! (Always inquire; senior citizens and veterans frequently receive discounts.)
9. Purchase city visitor cards
Obtaining a city tourism card is advised if you intend to visit many attractions in a city. You can take advantage of free public transportation and discounted or even free admission to the popular attractions and museums when you use these. With the London pass, I saved over $100 USD, $80 USD with the Paris Museum card, $50 USD with the Helsinki card, and a ton more with other city tourism cards.
They are a fantastic way to save money on tourist attractions that are underutilized. Simply go to the neighborhood tourism office to learn what cards are offered. They can assist with all of your inquiries and guarantee that you make the most financial savings possible. Not all cities have them, but the majority of popular travel destinations do, and if you intend to see the top attractions, you’ll save a lot of money.
10. Make the Most of Your Talents
Want some money? To find people who need some housework done, use Craigslist, TaskRabbit, or Gumtree. You can then get paid to assist them. It’s a means of earning money while traveling without securing a long-term position.
Sell your skills if you have any, in addition. Busk for money, give other travelers haircuts, or offer online consulting, editing, or graphic design services. Working online is now simpler than ever before. You can make money if you have Wi-Fi. Get imaginative—the sky is the limit here!
11. Get Free Flights by Travel Hacking!
The main reason I’ve been able to afford so many flights and hotels over the years is by travel hacking. I’ve been able to earn free flights and hotel stays simply by using a travel credit card for regular purchases like groceries, dining out, and shopping — all while using money I was going to spend anyway!
There are numerous ways to earn free flights today. Just apply for a few travel credit cards, rack up the miles, and you can fly for nothing.
The majority of cards offer sign-up bonuses of 50,000 points (or more), which is frequently enough for an immediate free round-trip flight.
Additionally, you can combine the two point balances and find a cheap flight more quickly if you apply for both an airline card (such as a United Airlines credit card) and a general rewards card like the Chase Sapphire.
You can earn a ton of miles even before you leave for your trip by accumulating points and miles through credit card bonuses, wise everyday spending, online surveys, bonuses, and other strategies. When you factor out the price of travel expenses like lodging and some flights, you can travel much farther.
Additionally, it isn’t just for Americans (though US residents have the best options).
People from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and Canada can all travel-hack.
Europeans have a variety of choices as well, including various airline cards from carriers like Lufthansa, SAS, Aer Lingus, and more.
12. Remain Free
There are numerous services that match tourists with locals who will host them for no cost. You will never have to pay for lodging using these websites. I once read about a man who spent years traveling solely on Couchsurfing.
I’ve used this service a ton over the years and I’ve always met wonderful people. You may get a room, a couch, or an air mattress from time to time, but it’s always free.
Ideally, you should prepare a meal for your host, bring them a gift from home, or take them out for a drink to show your appreciation. But even so, it will still be much less expensive than paying for lodging!
You can meet people in your new city at meet-ups for regional Couchsurfing groups. Even meeting people without having to stay with them is possible using the app. Whether you want a free place to stay or not, it’s a great way to meet people who know the area well.
In addition, websites that let you share rides, meals, train tickets, gear, and much more are now available thanks to the growth of the sharing economy in recent years. These websites allow you to avoid the tourist trail and immerse yourself in local culture while also saving you a ton of money. Win-win! The following websites can be used to find free lodging:
13. Hitch a ride
In many regions of the world, such as Central America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, hitchhiking is a convenient and generally safe method of transportation.
I’ve taken a hitchhike in quite a few nations (and I know solo female travelers who have taken one too!). Although it has a bad reputation in North America, you can hitchhike almost anywhere with a little common sense and perseverance, which will save you a ton of money!
Here are some fundamental pointers to get you started:
- Use a sign – Create a visible sign that informs people of your direction of travel. That will aid drivers in determining their level of assistance.
- Wear neat clothes, smile, and avoid hiding your face behind anything like sunglasses. People are curious about the person they are picking up.
- Check the laws because hitchhiking may be prohibited in some areas. To ensure that something is legal where you are, always check the local laws.
- Take safety measures by texting a friend the license plate of anyone who picks you up. Although it’s unlikely you’ll use it, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
- Keep your valuables close to you; if you put your bag in the trunk, keep it there just in case it gets left there (or stolen).
- Check out Hitchwiki. The best resource for hitchhiking is Hitchwiki. To learn tips and make sure you’re hitchhiking in a safe location, always consult it before you go.
14. Take Uncomplicated Walking Tours
Want to become familiar with the area, get your bearings, and visit the main attractions?
Take a no-cost walking tour. Ask the staff at your hostel, the local tourist office, or search for “free walking tours (city name)” on Google to locate them in the majority of big cities.
Along with receiving a thorough introduction to the city, you will also have access to a knowledgeable local guide. Every time I travel to a new city, I always begin with one. Just be sure to leave a tip at the end—how that’s guides are compensated.
15. Pet and house sitting
If your finances are tight and you are unable to take a vacation, think about watching someone else’s home while they are away. You can stay in one place for a while without having to pay for lodging by signing up for one of the websites below and watching people’s homes (and their pets) for free. Every account has reviews and is verified, so you can be sure you won’t be duped.
This is a fantastic option for long-term travel with a key extra benefit: you get a kitchen to prepare your meals, saving you even more money!
Additionally, you’ll frequently have access to a car, and occasionally you’ll get free groceries or a tip. People who can afford multi-month vacations are typically well off, so you’re also usually in pretty nice homes and apartments!
16. Make Use of Social Media
Does your coworker have family there? Or perhaps you have a distant relative in New Zealand. Or perhaps one of your childhood friends is currently employed in Brazil.
These days, we have a huge social network of family and friends that spans the entire world. Don’t be afraid to employ that! If you don’t know anyone there, ask your friends and coworkers. Ask your mother to ask her friends and coworkers as well.
Using your social network can be incredibly beneficial when traveling. Who knows who can be anyone!
You’ll be able to travel on a budget by using a number of these suggestions. You can travel the world on a budget with some forethought and ingenuity.
Considering that if I can do it, you can too!
Travel doesn’t have to be expensive, whether it takes place over two months, two years, or just a short two-week vacation.
The key is to abandon the idea that you must book a flight and hotel at the same time in order to travel. Traveling in unconventional, non-traditional ways can result in significant savings.
But it all begins with a shift in perspective. From there, with a little perseverance and practice, you’ll be able to fulfill your travel fantasies without going over budget!
QnA Cheap Ways To Travel The World
What is the cheapest way to travel the world?
Planes, high-speed trains, buses and rented cars can end up eating up a large portion of your overall budget. On the other hand, hitchhiking, cycling and night trains can often cut your travel costs immeasurably. Moreover, these days carpooling could be one of the best ways to travel the world cheaply.
What is the cheapest country in the world to travel to?
Thailand. No list of the best and cheapest countries in the world would be complete without a mention of Thailand. Even before the movie ‘The Beach’, travelers all around the world had fallen in love with the Country of Smiles. Living costs are incredibly low here, even in big cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
How can I travel more cheaply?
Here are a few tips I learned along the way. Pay with points. Redeem miles wisely. Fly with a budget airline. Want to score even cheaper flights? Timing is everything. Don’t feel obligated to fly out of the nearest airport. When you travel together, you can split the costs with your friends and family.
Can I travel with 10k?
International travelers entering the United States must declare if they are carrying currency or monetary instruments in a combined amount over $10,000 on their Customs Declaration Form (CBP Form 6059B) and then file a FinCEN Form 105.
How much money should you have saved to travel the world?
In general, you should expect it to cost between $20,000 to $30,000 per person to travel around the world for a year. This rough estimate comes from reading travel budgets of other bloggers, various travel planning resources, and our own experience. This is just the midrange.
Can u buy a country?
If you are committed to the dream, there are some opportunities to start your own country. Buying islands are very real. For example, Belize offers several islands for sale, some for less than a house and as little as $200k. After getting your island, you could start your own micro-nation.
Is it expensive in Dubai?
Is Dubai Expensive or Affordable? According to the Mercer Cost of Living, Dubai is an expensive city. It ranked as the 23rd most expensive out of 209 destinations. However, it is about 25% less expensive than New York City – and about 4% less expensive than nearby Abu Dhabi.
What is the cheapest and safest country to live in?
10 of the cheapest and safest places to live in the world Czech Republic. Bulgaria. Albania. Portugal. Costa Rica. Panama. Mexico. Thailand.
How do people afford to travel?
Traveling with friends and family can significantly reduce the cost of travel. Renting a vacation home or Airbnb and splitting the cost among multiple households can save a lot. On our family trip to Hawaii, hotels were running $1,400 per week.
How do I start to travel the world?
1. Obtain proper documentation. Your passport is your first step to getting around the world, but in addition to your passport, you may need to obtain a visa depending on the country you visit and how long you plan to be there. Visas must be applied for and have various application requirements.
How do I save to travel around the world?
Just remember, whatever your around-the-world travel budget is, it’s best to have a plan in place! Create a savings plan. Commit to your dream. Assess your expenditures. Start a dedicated travel fund. Spend less on lunch. Cut back on fancy coffee drinks. Eat out less often. Reduce or eliminate your car usage.