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.

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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!

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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.

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Keep Your Flight Boarding Pass and Get Discounts on Your Vacation

After boarding a flight, most people just stuff their boarding pass into their carry-on and forget about it. By doing this, you’re missing out on potential savings. Many airlines offer discounts and freebies for those who keep their boarding pass. Depending on where you land, you could score savings on tourist attractions, restaurants, wine, or even airport transfers.

The Most Common Scams from Around the World

There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.

Cultured Palate: Dishes from Iran

Iranian cuisine uses a myriad of spices, dried and fresh fruits, herbs, and nuts to flavor dishes. These ingredients turn even the simplest meal of rice and stewed meat into a sensory explosion.

Around the World in Holiday Baking

Every December, millions of pounds of butter, sugar, and flour contribute to the creation of spectacular treats for holiday celebrations. Even if you’re not ordinarily a baker, many people venture into the kitchen before the holidays to make sure that they’ve got plenty of treats to offer to family and friends.

The Most Unusual McDonald’s Menu Items from Around the World

If you’re a fast-food connoisseur, chances are you’re already familiar with the McDonald’s menu that’s typical in North America. They bring in new choices fairly frequently. However, most people stick with their usual order of Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, fries, McFlurries, and Apple Pies. It’s familiar food, and the bulk of the menu is essentially…