With the rise of the travel blogging industry you couldn’t be blamed for wondering if you could ever afford to travel the world.
We see these bloggers living it up in expensive accommodation, fancy restaurants, exclusive events, business class flights and we wonder… how will I ever be able to afford this?
But never fear! For it is important to recognise that travel blogging is not representative of the bigger picture. There are plenty of female travellers roaming the globe, having both tight budgets and mind-blowing adventures. We just don’t see these girls across social media because they don’t have the same extensive readership.
There are a multitude of different ways to afford travel without it being sponsored. People travelled the world before travel blogging, and they will continue to do so.
You can be one of those people.
In the hope you can make that happen (and you will!) here are some tips to help you on your way…
Travel in the off season.
Travel to lesser known destinations.
Spend less time in the tourist hubs – it is far more expensive!
Travel closer to home – a world away doesn’t have to mean paying $2000 for flights.
Be flexible with your destination – pick the place that is the cheapest to get to.
Use Couchsurfing or hit up friends of friends for accommodation.
Use public transport. Buses are cheapest.
Consider the dollar – is the exchange rate going to make your trip ridiculously expensive?
Stay longer in one spot and travel to fewer places.
Choose restaurants outside of the tourist district.
Stay in hostels rather than hotels.
If you’re taking the train – take the night journey to save on accommodation.
Take out an amount to use daily and try not to exceed it.
Make your own dinner or at least don’t dine out every night.
Choose travel cards without ridiculous fees.
Look for budget tours when visiting expensive countries.
Don’t go shopping!
Mix up working holidays and leisure holidays.
You don’t actually have to compromise that much, or send yourself broke trying to keep up with the likes of the luxury bloggers out there. Remember that the same principles of excess can be applied to travel as well as to home.
You don’t need to stay in the fanciest place to have the best night sleep.
You don’t need to be waited on hand and foot in fancy restaurants to get the best food.
You don’t need to fly business class to get the most enjoyment out of the holiday.
You don’t need to be transported in a private car to and from the airport.
Mind-blowing adventures and tight budgets are not mutually exclusive.
Your experience is what you make it.
So make it the best it can be (not the most expensive).
What do you do to keep the costs down? We would love to hear it!
Like this post? Share it with your friends!