How To Fund Your Travels While On The Go

When going traveling, we all want to be captivated by the moment and enjoy every second of it. That’s what a holiday or travel adventure is all about, living in the moment. But nothing in life is free, so making sure your money stretches out as far as it can while keeping your living standard reasonable is a task many challenging. Getting ambushed by financial obstacles can throw sand on the burning fire in your heart when you’re trying to explore, so you’ll need some great travel tips to keep you ahead. As the saying goes, you should prepare for the worst, and expect the best. However, with a little preparation and careful planning, you can roll with the punches and do the best for yourself when you’re stuck in an emergency on foreign soil.

Photo credit: Jacob Bøtter

Couchsurfing

If you can’t afford to stay in hotels or even hostels during your travels, you’re not the only one wondering how to find affordable shelter. Regarding the location you’re visiting, you can find locals who will willfully give you a room to stay in and sleep wherever possible in the comfort of their own home. Many people are at first hesitant because they wonder whether it’s a safe thing to do. But, there’s a whole culture behind this scheme, and it’s not just a fad. Many people who open up their homes to strangers do so because they may be former travelers looking to do their bit for the next generation, older people who want a bit of help around the house and new interesting people to talk to, and people who want to make a bit of extra money. Couchsurfing is a cheap alternative to hostels because although the space you get is small, you’re also given privacy. Many homes will also have free WiFi access, drinks and snacks available to guests.

Funds for emergencies

Finding yourself short of funds to further your trip can put the brakes on a so far enjoyable trip. If you need to get the next train possible or pay for a charter flight to a specific location, without enough money, you’ll be left in limbo. The world is connected, so don’t feel as if you don’t have financial options. You may find solace in the fact that you can readily, apply for loans with bad credit. Even if your credit rating is low, you can get approved for a short-term loan, which can help you fund the rest of your trip. It’s all done online, whereby you give the relevant information the computer system needs, and you borrow $100 to $5,000 are available with an instant online decision. The money can then be put in your bank account and ready to be used in no time at all as the online decision only takes 1-3 minutes.

Australian volunteer Tamara Baillie who worked as a business development officer with the Thanh Xuan Organic project in Vietnam | Photo credit: The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Volunteer farm hands

You may not realise this, but farmers are always looking for extra hands in the fields. Companies like the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, work with local farmers to supply travelers with jobs so that you can earn some money to help fund your adventure. You’ll meet fellow travelers, swap stories and tips, as well as eat the local cuisine which the farmers will supply you with if you’re working a full day. The jobs you’ll do a menial, such as milking cows, raking soil, planting seeds, picking fruit and other organized outdoor activities. Seasonal work is very important to the farmers because they need people to collect and pile the harvest into their storage building quickly before the winter arrives. On such occasions, you’re more likely to be paid a little extra than you would for out of season, or preparational work.

Street Food in Saigon, Vietnam
Photo credit: McKay Savage

Save on food

The whole point of traveling to distant lands is, to enjoy the life the locals lead. However, many people find the culture, social customs, architecture, music, festivals and activities to their liking, but when it comes to food, they rely on the cuisine of their origin. Because stocking foreign food is expensive for the local communities, the price inevitably goes up. To eat cheaply, you must delve into exactly what the locals eat. Try to start off slow, by eating some snacks before you go headlong into lunch and dinner. Getting a sense of the mood, flavors, spices, herbs and plants is all part of ingesting the aroma of the country you’re in. It will take some adjusting, but that’s natural. As long as you melt into the background and don’t resort to eating meals from the local McDonald’s, your money will go a long way.

 

 

 

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One response to “How To Fund Your Travels While On The Go

  1. Hello! The title has grabbed my attention since it’s a very interesting topic! And it’s also realistic. You can travel for days or even weeks without worrying about the sum, but for months or even years, you definitely will have to think of your budget! I have a golf friend that used to travel around the world in almost 2 years and she had taught English in some of the foreign countries whenever she needed more money.

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