How to Start Traveling, Even When You’re Broke
4. Stay at People’s Houses
There are lots of types of accommodation out there, and hotels and resorts are just some of them. For a long time, the best solution for budget travelers was the Couchsurfing app, where you could arrange to sleep on people’s couches for free. The community is still vibrant, but when Airbnb came along, everything changed!
Airbnb is not free, but it can be considerably cheaper than most hotels. It’s the perfect way to have a glimpse of the local homes, and best of all, you usually have access to the kitchen and can save more money by cooking for yourself.
5. Create a Money-Saving Plan
The fact that you’re broke now doesn’t mean that you’ll be broke in a few months. If you take the time to create a strategy to save money, before you know it, you’ll have enough to go on a short trip.
The best course of action is to treat your savings like a necessary utility bill. As soon as you get paid, take 10 percent (or more), put it in a savings account and don’t touch it. If you wait until the end of the month to save what’s left, you won’t save anything!
6. Consider Camping Trips
When you don’t have any money to go on a fancy trip, you can always go camping. Yes, you still have to buy all the proper gear (tent, stove, utensils), but once that’s done, the costs are minimal.
Unless you’re going glamping, most camping grounds are a lot cheaper than hotels and will be your main expense. It’s the ideal way to travel if you’d like to see nature, bond with friends and explore hiking trails.