How to Start Traveling, Even When You’re Broke
When you ask people the biggest reason why they don’t travel, it usually boils down to not having enough money. This implies that in order to go on an adventure, you have to be willing to spend a lot, but fortunately, that’s not the case. Traveling has never been cheaper!
If you dig a bit deeper, you’ll understand that most of the time the problem is not the lack of money, but rather how you spend it and your preconceptions about travel. When you take the time to search and learn how to travel independently, you can really keep the costs down and travel more frequently.
1. Reassess Your Priorities
It’s not uncommon to find people who claim they don’t have any money to travel, yet they always have the latest smartphone and go partying every weekend. The issue is not money, it’s just that traveling is not their priority.
Travelers travel all the time not because they’re loaded with cash – they merely spend all of it on their trips! That smartphone you bought? It could have been a two-week adventure to an exciting and hot place. The night out with your friends? Maybe two or three nights in a hostel somewhere.
2. Understand Traveling Can Be Cheap
You could say that travel was expensive in the past, when you could only book trips with a travel agent and stay in fancy hotels. The modern version of expensive travel is the all-inclusive package deal, where for a (steep) price, you have your flights, accommodations, and meals taken care of.
But can it be cheaper? Definitely!
If you’re willing to research and book everything yourself, you can drastically reduce the cost of your trip. Sometimes you can save a lot of money just by taking the local bus instead of a flight, or booking an Airbnb instead of staying at an expensive resort.
3. Start Hitchhiking
There’s no cheaper way to travel between places than not paying anything! Hitchhiking can be a great way to meet people and get to know the small local villages without spending a fortune on transportation. You’ll have good and bad days, but never a boring one!
It’s important to remember that, unfortunately, not every country is suitable for hitchhiking. If you’re traveling around a region that’s notoriously dangerous, you might give hitchhiking a pass and travel via traditional ways.