Many of us want to see different cities around the world, but don’t have the funds to do so. Luckily, if you don’t mind doing a little work abroad, you can get away with going to your desired destinations for months on end and coming back with just as much money as you started with, maybe even more!
With airlines giving away free points all the time, you don’t need to wait to secure airline miles for your next free flight! You can sign up for cobranded credit cards and receive at least 30,000 miles just for signing up. Other cards such as Chase Sapphire Preferred allows you to earn miles on every dollar spent. There are plenty of other cool ways to rack up miles day to day, check out this article for an awesome guide on how to do so: http://triphackr.com/22-ways-become-points-miles-millionaire/
The other way to make flying more affordable is to take advantage of discount airlines. A friend of mine was able to travel from Boston to London for $160 one way via WOW air. The catch is add-ons are relatively more expensive for these airlines so travel light. With a 46 Liter backpack you can stay within the baggage limit and optimize the amount of stuff you can bring with you. Backpacks also can persist through rough conditions in other countries that would otherwise wear down rollers and traditional suitcases (ex. Cobblestone paths in Italy).
Once you are in another continent, namely Europe or Asia, there are plenty of cheap flying options to consider. The reason flying domestically in the US is so expensive is because of high airport taxes imposed on airlines. Good ways to catch discounts and deals for flights are by using apps like Skyscanner and Google flights.
You have a lot of options for housing. This one really depends on how comfortable you are with sharing spaces with strangers. These options are generally pretty safe but like anything unknown you can always run into difficulties.
If you enjoy meeting people / don’t mind sharing spaces:
If you would rather keep to yourself / stay with your group:
Getting around can add up, whether it be taking the subway and bus or Ubering to your desired destination. Here are some tips to reduce the money you spend:
For going from country to country in Europe, you can partake in long distance ride sharing using a service called BlaBlaCar. It’s like Uber, but for long distances!
Finally, there will always be random expenditures here and there, no matter how frugal you are. You can of course save money by cooking whenever you can, but how do you make some spending money? Here are a list of jobs you could do, that many global travelers have done in the past to sustain their lifestyle:
These jobs are obviously based on individual skill sets, but the point is that there are a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to making some side cash.
Now Go See the World
Hope you learned something that you can take with you on your travels! Now you know there is really no excuse to not travel if you really want to. You can see the world no matter how much money is in your bank account.
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