Here are some tips and tricks to help you travel as much as you can.
Are you the kind of person who just can’t stay in one place? You’d rather go backpacking through Europe than stay home and catch up on reading, during your vacation days, or better yet read that book while you are on your way there! You really want to go to Paris, Cape Town, Beijing or Dubai, but here lies your problem: you can’t afford it.
So, you love traveling and exploring different cultures but you’re low on money, not to worry here are some of the tips and tricks that will help you travel as much as you want.
First, it’s not those short breaks between connecting flights, where you just get stuck at one place and can’t go anywhere and it’s just boring. A stopover is that interlude during international travel which is more than 24 hours, and for domestic flights, more than 4 hours. Any break less than that is a layover, the boring one.
There are many airlines that give free hotel and visa as a package for their stopovers. For example, on a trip from New York to Bangkok, you might find a free stopover in Milan or maybe in Dubai when you plan to come back. There are even visa-free stopovers like in Beijing or Shanghai by Chinese airlines, you’ll be saving loads on your visa fees! Some stopovers can go up to 5 to 14 days, which may allow you to check various attractive destinations. When you fly between the US and Canada, some airlines allow you to stopover for 7 days in Iceland.
All it takes is a little research and you’d find the perfect package for yourself.
Find a Job
You don’t have to start a career at your destination, just look for a part-time job that gives you enough time to explore.
You could work as a live-in caregiver, au pair, and guess what you won’t just get paid but also be getting free room and board. It’s usually just babysitting and housekeeping. This way you also immerse yourself in the culture, rather than just going through famous landmarks and calling it travel. Another similar job is a hostel worker/help, again, you get room and board for little chores, and meet other travelers as a bonus.
You could work as a bartender or a waiter/waitress, which is also a great way to meet new people. There is also a lot of work available in ski resorts or at the beach as instructors, hotel staff, lifeguards.
Many foreigners want to learn English, you could offer to teach or find the job through listings. But it’s a great way to earn during travel.
No, it’s not what you think it is, it means World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, which gives you opportunities to live and work at a farm all over the world. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, go for it! It’s seasonal, and you can also take your loved ones.
Earn your Points
Cash in those credit card points not only on free flights but also on the discounts on hotels. Like some companies offer free companion vouchers every year. All the airline miles, special promotions are there, but how and when to use them is what you need to know, use because of lack of information, we let these pretty good opportunities pass by. According to the information found at globalcareerbook.com/travel-hacking-masterclass/, there is a variety of ways for you to earn points and hack your way through travel. All you need to do is get down to a bit of research and you’ll be good to go.
The Origin Story
Yes, yours. Some places offer a discover your roots program for descendants to visit where their ancestors lived. There are host families you live with and it’s all usually funded. Some of the programs include Birthright Armenia, Heritage Greece, Birthright Israel, ReConnect Hungary, and many more.
Whenever there is an overbooked flight, the airline usually gives a free flight voucher for their next flight, you can use that to your advantage, only if you’re not traveling to go home for a critical issue at work or home. It’s only a few hours if you think about it.
There are companies like Worldpackers, that allow you to travel free or at affordable prices. They usually connect people with certain skills like volunteers, adventurers, etc, and give great discounts.
These strategies would help you get the best out of whatever budget you’ve planned. Follow these tips to follow your dreams of traveling more in less! We live in difficult times, and it only makes sense for us to get creative in the way we follow our dreams without having to break the bank.