How to Start Traveling, Even When You’re Broke

7. Find People to Share the Costs

Did you know that sometimes it’s cheaper for a couple (or two friends) to book a double room in a hotel instead of staying in a hostel dorm? Or for a group of friends to book a whole house via Airbnb and stay together?

When you’re traveling on your own, cooking can sometimes be annoying, as there’s always too much or you have to buy an entire pack of rice for one person. In a group, you rarely waste anything and it’s much cheaper.

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8. Learn to Cook on the Road

Depending on the country you are traveling to, eating out can be a huge expense. Learning how to cook simple and nutritious meals will save you plenty of money. You won’t have to survive on instant noodles for a long time!

Street food in Asia is dead cheap, but if you go to Europe, it quickly adds up. Most hostels have kitchens, so it’s just a matter of carrying a few essential ingredients and getting used to grocery shopping every week. It’s also a great way to bring people together if you are traveling alone.

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9. Take Your Work With You

Do you have a job that can be easily done remotely? Or maybe a skill you can perform anywhere you go, such as playing an instrument? Remember that you don’t have to stop working to go on a trip, you can just do it as you travel.

Many people decide to perform in crowded markets or take their laptops and work in co-working spaces, just so they can carry on earning money and don’t have to go back home anytime soon.

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