How to Start Traveling, Even When You’re Broke

10. Work for Accommodations

There are a lot of places out there that need people to work for them and are willing to exchange accommodations and sometimes food for labor. Most of the time the traveler will work for four or six hours per day, in exchange for a bed in a hostel or on a farm.

The possibilities are endless. For those who love nature, the best course of action is to use WWOOF and work on organic farms, but if you use websites such as Workaway or Helpx, you can find jobs as a receptionist, painter or dog walker in a hostel.

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11. Travel Slowly

Many people don’t realize that transportation can be a great part of the traveling budget. Every time you move to a new city, depending on the cost of the bus or train, you could probably have stayed put for a few extra nights.

It’s a lot cheaper to stay in the same place for a longer period, rather than hop around every couple of nights. Some places even have long-term discounts, so if you stay for a week, for instance, you’ll pay a lot less.

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12. Go to Cheap Destinations

It may sound silly, but if you want to spend less, just go to cheaper places! The suggested daily budget for Western Europe is roughly $60 to $85, but there are people who manage to travel in Southeast Asia with a daily budget of $15.

So, one month traveling in Europe could easily become five months in Southeast Asia – it’s a no-brainer! But even if you go to Europe, you can steer away from expensive capitals or just spend more time in Eastern European countries.

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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.

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…

Big Brother China: A Look at China’s Social Credit System

This work of fiction is about to become a reality for the 1.4 billion residents of China where the government plans to roll out a “Social Credit System”. The Chinese government says it’s an attempt to raise “awareness for integrities and the level of credibility within society” through the use of mass surveillance and data collection.