If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, chances are you’ll find it very difficult to stay in one place working a regular 9-5 job. Either you can save up your money and go on a truly spectacular trip once in a blue moon, or you can take a look at your lifestyle and make some changes that will enable you to travel as much as you want. There are plenty of things that you can do to save money both at home and abroad. Check out this article and see if any of these money-saving strategies are right for you.
Make use of travel rewards
Most airlines have a reward program which will give you a set number of miles for every dollar that you spend and every mile you fly with their airline. The best reward programs will allow you to combine your miles from several partner airlines into one account. For example, if you’re part of the Delta SkyMiles Club, you’ll also get to collect miles from Alitalia, Air France, and KLM. You can also get a credit card that will give you a certain number of miles for every dollar you spend on the card. Sometimes these are partnered with an airline, but often they’re independent and will allow you to use your miles to books flights with any airline.
If you often stay at a certain type of hotel, it’s a good idea to join their loyalty program. In addition to collecting points on every dollar spent at the hotel, you’ll often get the benefit of upgrades, and access to exclusive lounges and special programming.
Save your hard-earned money
There are plenty of ways to save money while traveling. Whether it’s choosing to dine at your favorite upscale restaurants during their lunch service instead of at the much-pricier dinner hour or buying items at a grocery store instead of eating at restaurants all day, your food budget is a great place to start budgeting. And when we say budgeting, we don’t mean that you have to only eat at McDonald’s. Check out a farmer’s market and sample some local produce straight from the source. Share a meal with friends so that you can all sample the local specialties — then split the bill.
As much as you may budget, there’s only so far that pinching pennies will get you if you truly want to make traveling your life. One big change that you can make is to get a job where you can work remotely. There are tons of people who rely on careers in photography, editing, writing, and web development (among many others) that both pay their bills and allow them to work from wherever suits their fancy. As long as you have a computer and can find some good Wi-Fi, with a remote job you can work from the beach if you wanted to.