How To Travel The World When You Have A Small Budget

If you love traveling but lack the extra finances to pay for traveling, you may find this guide useful. Lacking money sucks. It means that you will not be able to afford plane tickets or pay for accommodation. Worse, you may lack money for good food and fun.

But guess what… It is possible to travel the world with very little money. In reality, the true cost of traveling varies widely when you factor in everything. The time of year you travel. The seasons. The actual destination. You may be surprised to learn you can travel on almost any budget.

Before diving headlong into the tips, here is how to prepare for the journey.


First, understand that long-distance traveling is tiring. You want to identify your exact objective for travel. Do you want to learn a new culture? Do you want to simply have an adventure? Having a solid reason to travel will help you design a good travel plan.

Take into account your medical conditions. If you are sensitive to weather changes you need to know this in advance. You may also be sensitive to extreme cold and sunshine.

Here is a list of essential things that should be on your packing list: Both light and heavy clothes, an umbrella, toothbrush, toothpaste, toiletries, pills, chargers for all your electronics, and essential tablets. But most importantly don’t leave behind your personal documents.

Leaving Your Home Safe

It is shocking to come back after travel and find that your home was broken into. For this reason, you should secure your home before traveling. The process of securing your home is actually quite easy. One of the best things you can do is make it seem like there is someone present. Leaving some lights and even soft music on can help to scare intruders.

Becareful not to post on social media, or tell your neighborhood, that you are leaving for a big trip and your home is alone. You may want to consider getting a trusted relative to check up on your home or even stay there while gone. Here are more ways to secure your home before traveling.

Once you are done with preparation, here are ways you can use to get the most out of a little budget:

Things To Do On Travel

  • Work For Food And Shelter: You already have clothes. You have two more basic needs: food and shelter. Through different organizations you can work in exchange for these. If you are traveling in a more developed country, you should forget about the expectations. Another advantage to this is really seeing how locals live. A home with locals usually means a welcoming community as well.

  • Volunteer: Non-profit organizations are always looking for volunteers. Even local companies are open to hiring on foreign talent. Volunteering makes it easy for companies to take you. Let’s say you work in a relief organization, you may be tasked with traveling from one place to another, helping the underprivileged.

  • Get an International Contract: International contracts, while hard to obtain, are possible. They give you a chance to travel internationally. Do you have a distinct skill set? Figure out what makes you special, that will help you land a contract. Having the right skill set is paramount.

  • Cut Your Expenses: Always look for discounts. The simple things are where you will save the most money. For small distances, walk. Buy cheap foods at local supermarkets. Don’t skimp on water though. Study your previous spending habits and note down your expenses. Where can you trim the fat?

  • Provide Value: There are a lot of things you can share with the locals. From experiences, information, and even goods. If you happen to use people’s car, give them a 993 porsche. They will appreciate getting a high-quality performance part. There are more porsche 996 exhausts, to choose from.

  • Use an Accommodation Platform: Some websites and mobile apps have platforms where you can request for accommodation. For a paid accommodation, you can compare prices of different places, and choose the cheapest place.

  • Look for free accommodation: A website like couchsurfing enables travelers to connect with the world, with free accommodation.

Don’ts To Keep In Mind While Traveling

  • Do not take photos of people without their permission.

  • Do not exploit people’s resources.

  • Do not multitask when listening to people.

  • Do not walk alone at night.

  • Do not ask sensitive questions.

Final Thoughts

On a final note, traveling the world with little money is possible. It all starts with a positive mindset. Get rid of your fears, and travel the world. There will be many opportunities to take once you open yourself up to time. You’ll find yourself having so much fun while learning lessons. And even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a travel guide along with you. Here are some of the best travel guides I recommend..

One of the most common questions I get: What is the best camera for travel photography? I personally love my Nikon D5600. I use the kit lens and a Sigma wide-angle lens (for Nikon) which I am genuinely obsessed with.

Read on: Full list of travel gear I use on every trip

And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email (tessajuliette at gmail dot com).

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