If you’ve got the travel bug it can become an expensive habit. There’s lots you can do to make it more affordable, here are some tips to help you.
Set up a tent wherever you end up after a day of hiking, or plan your route via campsites, for a cheap alternative to hostels. Not only is it heaps of fun, in some places it’s free to camp, and you’ll have a lot more control over where you go.
Having to carry a tent is the drawback. If the weight puts you off, try a bivvy bag instead. Like a weatherproof sleeping bag for your sleeping bag, a bivvy bag offers you similar protection to a tent at a fraction of the weight.
For a different perspective, volunteering abroad is an exciting travel option. It’s fast becoming an affordable way to have a more fulfilling holiday experience. Look into student-friendly and low-cost volunteer sending organisations.
Low-cost organisations (https://www.originalvolunteers.co.uk) save money in simple ways, like encouraging you to cook your own meals instead of providing catering. At the same time as saving you money, it’s a great excuse to get out and see the local markets and cafes!
Staying longer on a volunteer program reduces the cost to you per week, even with more expensive organisations. If you can spare the time, this saves you money in the long run and allows you to throw yourself into the program even more.
Part time work
Make travelling pay for itself by working in your destination country. If you’re a native English speaker, it’s easy to find a part time job as an English tutor. Au pair, babysitting or cleaning jobs can also be suitable for short-term work.
Holiday resorts and summer camps are fantastic opportunities for summer jobs abroad. The variety of roles – from admin to entertainment – means there’s something for everyone. It’s a competitive market though, so start sending applications from October the year before.
Another alternative is to do part time work in exchange for free bed and board. Jobs could be anything from gardening to building work, websites like Workaway and HelpX are great for finding hosts in some of the world’s most spectacular jaw-dropping locations.
Before you make a firm commitment to any work whether paid or unpaid, do remember to check the laws of your destination country and if your hosts can provide you with assistance on applying for the correct visas.
Spur-of-the-moment trips are thrilling, but to really get the most out of your budget planning in advance is everything. As flights fill up, the ticket prices increase. Wait too long and there might not be space in the cheaper hotels.
There’s a multitude of tips and tricks out there for getting the best prices for travel. Simply clearing your browser’s cookies before booking flights or accommodation can reduce the cost. Using an “incognito” browser works as well.
If you’re tackling a complex tip, don’t be shy about getting your calculator out. You can work out, for example, if buying a return ticket or two single tickets is cheaper. If your flight has layovers, check if it costs less to buy a ticket for each leg individually – sometimes it’s hundreds of pounds cheaper!