Would love to travel the world but have no money? There are thousands of people that have the desire to travel the world but they think they lack money. Let’s not fool ourselves: the easiest way to travel the world is to win the lottery. However, most of us will never be that lucky and some of us, may just decide we don’t want to put our dreams in the hands of pure luck.
While money is still very helpful, it is true that one does not need that much money anymore to travel. Moreover, in some ways, travelling may be even less expensive than staying home. Have you thought about the costs of living in your current place versus living somewhere else? Set aside accommodation and transportation costs, are there places in the world where you would like to go that are cheaper than where you currently live? Very likely. For instance, if you come from a western country, travelling around South East Asia may well be cheaper than a week in Chicago or Paris.
Money is something you need to be able to cover accommodation, transportation and living costs. Let’s look into how to reduce each of these cost categories.
1) How to reduce accommodation costs:
This is basically a website where you can register yourself and look for the people who are offering free couches or beds. These hosts expect no cash payments in return and they might provide you with the meals as well. If you are lucky enough you may encounter a great host who helps you visiting the famous parts of the city completely for free.
Word of caution: Do always check for reviews and ratings of the host you are planning to go to. At the very least, trust your gut feeling about a person. While most experiences can be fantastic, you have to be careful while considering couch surfing, especially if you are a woman. There are people who use couch surfing in a negative way so be wise enough to pick a host with good reviews and ratings. Otherwise, you will end up in having a bitter experience.
Another best way is to take a light weight foldable tent with you and start your journey. All you need to do is to become a nature lover because you have to sleep in a camp, meaning insects and other animals, which also live in the area, are going to be your neighbours. Generally, many countries allow people to pitch their tent anywhere but sometimes you may have to pay a fee.
Likewise, with couch surfing, you should consider your safety first while choosing this type of travelling. Camping on a deserted beach may sound idyllic, but it won’t be so much if you get mugged during the night.
2) How to reduce living expenses
In order to reduce your living expenses, your best bet is to move to a cheaper country. South East Asia is full of these type of countries. For a fraction of the prices in developed countries, you can enjoy fully flavoured meals. Thailand has been for many, many years one of the top backpacking destinations for this reason. To further help you in your living expenses, you should also consider getting a job while travelling.
Get a travelling job:
Beyond teaching yoga, there are many other jobs that you can do while travelling. For example, you can be a tour guide in a foreign country by focusing on welcoming tourists from your own country. There are also several jobs in the hospitality industry keen on taking foreigners often on a temporary basis.
A place where there are tones of expats and hence, foreign workers is Thailand. Thailand has become a hub for many travellers and with plenty of work opportunities provided your English command is good. Many westerners get a 90-day tourist visa on arrival, but in order to work, you will need a work visa which is often harder to get. Back in the day, people use to travel to the destination and then once there, venture to pitch their services and look for a job. There are many yoga teachers in Thailand, who landed into yoga jobs in Thailand once in the country. However, nowadays, you can do some job hunting search before hand which can save you some stress and time once in the country. Becoming a yoga teacher Thailand is quite feasible as holiday-related businesses are flourishing in the country. You will often find expats who moved to the country some years ago to establish their business. Reaching out those who come from your country first is always a good start. People tend to feel a stronger country connection when abroad and thus, your chances to get a job or help on finding one are greater.
Finally, there is an option to work online, becoming a freelance and delivering your services from anywhere as long as you have internet connection. Depending on what your skills are, besides being a yoga teacher, this is a very cool option as it gives you great travelling flexibility while making a living.
This is a very nice way to give back while travelling. The arrangement usually is that the hosts pay the money for your travel, food and stay and all you need to do is provide them with your yoga knowledge or any other skills you may have. For instance, teaching to children, building a school or helping someone to build their roof, are amongst some of the volunteering options you can find across the world. It may be a highly rewarding experience but it is unlikely to offer you a sustainable long term lifestyle as compensation is often limited to your food and accommodation needs. Further, in order to land into these volunteering activities, some platforms will ask you for an initial fee, which makes the overall solution a bit more expensive.
Yogiswap helps you both with reducing accommodation and living expenses. In case you are a certified yoga trainer or teacher and have current classes, you can swap them with other teachers around the world. This allows you to keep your current job, covering your current student and school responsibilities with another qualified yoga teacher. While getting yoga jobs in Thailand may be achieved by just landing into the country and looking for one, it may be even easier to get the experience by just swapping on a temporary basis. Be careful of visas or permits needed, talk to the studio or school where you will be teaching to be safe rather than sorry.
Overall, you may think about a swap as a way to visit a country and learn more before committing to quit your current job and make a permanent move to another country.
3) How to reduce transportation expenses
With the rise of low-cost carriers some decades ago, it is now much more affordable to travel long distance. Most countries have multiple airline choices. You probably already know so we won’t spend much time discussing strategies on how to land a cheap air ticket, but basically, book and plan in advance as well as be flexible with your travelling dates (e.g., it is often cheaper to travel on Tuesdays that right before the weekend or a Monday morning).
Similarly, for traveling on the road, there are many new car-sharing businesses that have popped up to help you with short distance transportation costs. Trains have also lowered their prices and can be quite a convenient medium of transportation in most developed countries.
There are tonnes of ways to travel the world with very little money. You just need to be resourceful and open to opportunities as they come along. Travelling is one of the most authentic and life changing events, so you should certainly try not to miss on such a live experience. Enjoy!