Traveling While Broke: It’s Not As Hard As It Seems

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 09/07/2015 | 09:45 AM EDT

Want to see the world but don’t have the cash to do so? Here’s how

If you’re an aspiring travelnista who just can’t seem to afford the expense of traveling, fear not! 

No matter her tax bracket, we know every woman wants to see the world and experience other cultures outside of her own. So why let your limited bank account get in the way of that? Believe it or not, you don’t have to have a lot of money to travel--and we’re going to show you how.


So take notes and get your passport ready for stamp action!

I. Teach English Overseas. If seeing the world is more of a passion than recreational, and you have the time to stay in a more long-term capacity, you may want to consider the option of teaching overseas. Countries are always in need of American educators willing to teach English. The requirements are pretty simple too: speak English fluently and maybe a TEFL degree depending on the country. Not only do you get to travel, but you get paid for it too! Some even walk away with tens of thousands of dollars. If you’re really committed, you could make an entire career out of it, all while seeing the world as you go. Now that’s what we call winning!


II. Make Traveling Your Priority. Contrary to what many want to believe, mostly anyone can find the cash to travel if they really wanted to. Sure, traveling is a privilege and not necessarily at the top of one’s priority list of expenses. But why not make it a priority? If you’ve found yourself at any point during the year splurging on a pricey new pair of heels or handbag, you can surely put that money to better use like traveling. We suggest taking note of how much money you spend a month, determine how much of that is strictly bills vs. concessions, and find a way to save enough for a trip out the country. More likely than not, you can do it...it just comes down to how badly you want to go.


III. Scout Deals. These days, travel deals are as common as ever. Sign up for airline mailing lists or buy into deal programs with sites like Travel Noire. There are great resources for cheap flights like AirfareWatchdog.com. Keep your eyes open and you’ll find the deal just for you!


IV. Sign Up For Travel Credit Cards. A clever way to afford flights without compromising your pocketbook is to sign up for a travel credit card. We know what you’re thinking, and we get it: who wants to acquire more debt? But travel credit cards can work for you and not against you if you play it smart. You can do this by signing up for a credit card that airlines have deals with, such as big stores like Gap, Starbucks and the like. This way you can pay for everything using your card and gain points toward your mileage/trip. You're essentially killing two birds with one stone. 


IV. Couchsurf. This service allows you to connect with locals who are willing to let you stay with them for FREE. It's also a great way to meet friends while overseas. 


V. Housesit. Another alternative for free rooming is to housesit. Believe it or not, some locals allow tourists to stay at their properties while they go on their own vacations. Look into services like House Carers, Mind My House and The Caretaker Gazette. The only catch is that you take care of their home. Now that's easy!

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