What you can do to spend less money on the road and travel longer..
by Christopher Heil of www.chrisontour84.de
Traveling is a wonderful thing and even more so if you are able to do it for as long as you can. Unless you are fortunate enough to have enough money piled up already, you might have to go down the budget way.
I have done it for 3 years now and am sharing my top 10 travel tips on how to keep your spending on the road low. If you would like to find out more, head over to my original article on my site Chris on Tour. You can also see exactly how much I spent on my detailed statistics, comparing all the countries in terms of how much I money I spent on Food.
1. USE COUCHSURFING
Couchsurfing is a platform that lets you stay with the locals for free. This will save you a lot of money on the road for sure, just make sure you have hosted a few people before at your place before you head off to your adventure. It will increase your chances of getting a host! Also, note that it is not AirBnb and you should be willing to spend time with your host. After all, meeting the locals is the main reason for me to do Couchsurfing.
2. TRY LOCAL BUSES & HITCHHIKING
Try to hitchhike or take the local bus instead of a taxis or private shuttles. There are always ways to move around very cheaply as the locals do, or completely for free if you go down the hitchhiking road. You will also meet many great people that way!
3. AVOID EATING OUT & CLUBBING
Traveling on a budget means you have to change your lifestyle. Expensive places should be visited less frequently for sure and it might be a good way to start a new experience such as eating street food, which turns out to be very delicious in most places!
4. BOOK CHEAP FLIGHTS EARLY
Learn how to use Skyscanner and take advantage of your flexibility. Traveling in off season and finding the best routes and times is essential to keep your travel costs low. I will put a detailed guide on this up in the future!
5. TRY TO GET RID OF ADDICTIONS
Consider stopping to smoke for instance. You can not only use the money for your trip, but also have a much healthier lifestyle! The same applies for any other addictions you might have, for me it is the sweets which I try to eat less, even if I constantly fail ☺
6. PICK A GOOD CREDIT CARD
Do some research on a credit card that does not charge you any fees. They are harder to find nowadays, but still around. It will save you a lot of money long term!
7. GET A LONG-TERM TRAVEL INSURANCE
You should always be secured on your trip and finding a good insurance for that is important. They can get a bit pricey, but with some research you should find one that can secure you for up to 5 years! I use the German Allianz and found a great deal with them.
8. SELL YOUR PICTURES
I only recently started to get into Stock photography and now make a bit of money on the side from selling my pictures on Shutterstock, which is the biggest website out there. For that you obviously should get a decent camera. If you are on a budget, just go with a Sony A6000 and Kit lens for about 500 US$. Try to get a good lens like the Sony 18105 (520 US$) as well though, as the Kit lens is not using the camera’s full potential!
9. CUT ANY RUNNING COSTS AT HOME
Make sure that you do not have any bills still coming in when you travel full time around the world. Get rid of your apartment, car and especially electronics such as a TV that will lose a lot of value over time. Those are all material things and can be replaced easily when you get back home. I am storing anything I wanted to keep at my parents place!
10. BECOME AN “INFLUENCER”
If you have a blog and produce some good pictures, you can use these 2 assets to already get free trips in return for some promotion and pictures for the company. I was surprised how well this worked in Australia and New Zealand and got every single tour for free, including a helicopter ride even!