How to Travel the World if You’re Broke: Top 7 Ideas

1. Couchsurfing

If you feel like traveling is something you’d like to do, start by setting up a Couchsurfing profile. If you have a free couch, you can lend it to strangers traveling through your city. On one hand, it’s a great way to meet people from different countries and get to know them. On the other, you can also stay in places all around the world absolutely free of charge. You just need to get a few good references, so people would be willing to take you in, and you’re good to go.

2. All the best things are free

As a quick google search will show you, any city is exciting, full of fun, and free things to do. Museums have free admission nights. Public parks often have poetry readings, musicians, and even stage plays. Whatever you’re interested in, most likely you don’t have to spend money to do it.

3. Save up

To get to even the cheapest country in the world, you’ll need to travel first, and airfare is notoriously expensive. It’s possible to reduce the costs or do some careful benefit manipulations, but it still won’t make that desired ticket free.

If you don’t make enough to save after covering the basic living costs, try freelancing. Whatever your skills are, you can probably find a good place to market them online.

4. Find the cheapest place and time

Naturally, some destinations are more expensive than others. The amount that would last you a week in Germany can be stretched for a month in Nepal. Think about which parts of the world interest you and then use google to find the cheapest flights to that area.

On the same note, choose the least popular time to travel. Airfare is a lot less expensive if you travel to popular tourist destinations offseason. Plus, you will avoid the obnoxious crowds. Hotels stand practically empty, so it’s only smart to take advantage of that.

5. Volunteer

Volunteer programs are great because not only can you experience cultures for free, you’d actually meaningfully contribute to your host country. There are website with long lists of projects that have to do with anything from restoring old buildings to elementary level education. Just choose the one that appeals to you the most.

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6. Farming jobs

If you’re not interested in teaching people English, you can always try working on one of the organic farms that aim to fight world hunger. This will allow you to get a working visa and travel around till it expires. Some jobs like these actually pay good money.

7. Housesitting

There are also websites that connect people in need of a house sitter and responsible adults who are willing to take care of the family pets. You don’t get paid for this, but neither are you required to spend anything, except for a small sign up fee.


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