Ask anyone why they aren’t travelling as much as they want to and 90% of the time you’ll hear the same excuse: “I can’t afford it right now”. Does this sound familiar to you? Money can defiantly seem like the biggest obstacle but as soon as you start looking for creative ways to offset the costs of travel you can afford to travel more than you thought! Here’s my advice on three ways to travel when you have no money:
1. Volunteer abroad
Plenty of overseas volunteer programs offer you a free room and meals in exchange for work. I think this is a great way to travel when you don’t have money, but I think it’s very important to choose a company wisely! Did you know that some house building projects in third world countries actually take paying jobs away from the locals? That doesn’t mean that all overseas volunteer projects are bad, it just means you need to do your research first! VolunTourism.org is one reputable company to check out if this interests you.
2. Try housesitting
When Paul and I first arrived in Sydney, Australia we house sat for two weeks. The couple who’s house we stayed at were on vacation for two weeks and needed someone to take care of their two cats and water their gardens. We got to stay for free and in exchange the couple’s house, cats and gardens were well taken care of! Try MindMyHouse.com.
3. Start a travel blog
To be fair, this is the most time consuming and hardest way to offset travel costs…. but once you’ve created a travel blog and start benefiting from sponsored travel it all pays off. Of course this isn’t the only reason to start a blog, but it’s honestly one of the best perks. Wanna learn more? Check out the info below.
Since I get daily emails from readers asking for travel blogging advice I’ve finally compiled all of my best tips into a guide called “Travel Blogging Secrets: Learn how to run a successful travel blog and land sponsored press trips without substantial followers“. This book includes everything you need to know about growing your travel blog and includes all of my best kept secrets.
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