This is part 2 of a TRAVEL ABROAD ON A budget series that includes different information.
To read the 1st article in the series CLICK HERE
The very words “traveling abroad” conjure up romantic, exotic images that can be hard to reconcile with the realities of everyday life. But you needn’t wait until you hit the jackpot to make those travel dreams come true. All you need is a solid plan, the ability to stick to a budget, and a good sense of adventure. Here are some fool-proof tips for the international traveler on a budget.
Rent Out Your Home or Apartment
If you plan to be gone awhile, there’s no reason to let your stateside living space sit empty. Homeowners can list their properties on a site such as AirBnB (first checking to be sure it isn’t violating the terms of the mortgage), while renters can look into subletting. You’ll make money, put your space to use, and be able to travel at the same time. Plus, you can make some pretty groovy travel buddies along the way. I’ve had nothing but GREAT experiences at Airbnb homes!
Get Cheaper Airfare
Ever heard of skiplagged.com? Don’t worry. Many people haven’t! Along with Momondo and Google flights, it is the number one site I visit to get cheaper flights. Be forewarned, many flights on skiplagged are cheaper because you are foregoing the second portion of a flight. While airlines don’t exactly appreciate this, it isn’t exactly outlawed. I try not to make a habit out of it, but hey, I’m sure I’ve paid my fair of money to airlines.
Stay in Hostels
The days when hostels were solely the province of backpacking teenagers are a thing of the past. In fact, there’s a niche that caters specifically to travelers over the age of 30. Check out this handy guide for more information and surf the Web for details on hostels in your chosen destination (or destinations). Sharing a big room is often part of the adventure and can even help you meet new people in your new destination.
Embrace the Alfresco Experience
When in Rome, do as the Romans do — and when in France, stop by the boulangerie for a good baguette, pair it with a delightful soft cheese such as St. Andre, and pick up a bottle of inexpensive wine for an authentic Parisian picnic. You won’t miss the fancy restaurant prices one bit. This strategy shouldn’t be limited to France, of course — try sampling the delicacies of the region wherever you go. Living like a local can help you save a lot of money and will even help you enjoy the experience!
Recognize Your Limits
As a budget traveler, you’re likely not going to be able to hit every landmark on your bucket list this time around — and that’s okay. Did I want to see everything that existed in Australia on my first trip there? Sure I did mate! I also knew I didn’t have that kind of time or money and that my sugardaddy didn’t come along. (JOKES PEOPLE, JOKES!)
Pick and choose the attractions you really want to see and make compromises based on what you can afford and how easy they are to get to. Check with online companies who research for you and who can negotiate fares for airlines and trains. Make a plan based on what routes you’ll be taking.
Consider Taking Out a Payday Loan
Have you done your best to stretch your budget, but are still having trouble making ends meet upon your return home? Consider visiting a local lender for a payday cash loan, which you can repay once you’ve returned to work and gotten that all-important post-vacation paycheck. Just be sure not to borrow more than you can reasonably afford — nothing will tarnish those memories faster than dining on bread and water for a month.