Travel doesn’t come cheap, but it is possible to see some of the most amazing places on the planet on a tight budget. All it takes is a few sacrifices and hard work. Here are some of the ways travelers can keep their costs down while enjoying their journey.
Stay in a stranger’s house
House-sitting is one of the easiest ways to cut costs on a trip abroad with the need to spend a huge amount of money on accommodation reduced. Depending on the arrangement with the owner, food and transport may be included in exchange for taking care of the person’s home and, in some cases, pets.
Make a difference
There are plenty of organizations that allow people to volunteer in countries where help is needed. They allow people to travel to places they normally wouldn’t visit as a regular tourist and make a positive contribution to the world.
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), for example, connects farmers and those who are looking to learn more about the industry. Hosts provide accommodation, food and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles in exchange four to six hours of volunteer work per day.
Teach English abroad
It’s not uncommon for those who live in England, the US, Canada or Australia to hear about a friend or a friend of a friend traveling abroad to teach English. The usual destinations where English-language teachers are in demand include South Korea, China, Japan and Jordan. One way to find teaching jobs abroad is through the British Council, which runs a language assistant programme for those who have completed at least two years of university education.
Get paid to hit the slopes
Ski resorts in breathtaking locations all over Europe and North America offer seasonal work for a variety of positions, including instructors and cooks. Knowing how to ski isn’t a must, but it’s the perfect opportunity for those who are passionate about skiing or snowboarding, or keen to learn.