An age old question – “can you really travel around the world with a minimal amount of money”?
When I say minimal, I’m not talking £100, but not everyone has thousands and thousands at their disposal, ready to fund their dream of seeing the world’s best sights.
Of course, it depends on what you want to see. I think it’s highly unlikely anyone could travel the world completely on a shoe-string, not unless work figured highly into the plans. Of course, that’s one way to fund further travel, but for starters, let’s look at some tips for getting around your desired countries without having to win the lottery.
1. Don’t be a snob – it’s not all going to be five star
Unless you are very rich, travelling from country to country is not going to involve five-star hotels and spa resorts. If that is what you’re envisaging, you might want to re-think your plans slightly. Instead, think more along the lines of a hostel.
Don’t panic! Hostels these days aren’t the dirty dormitory buildings you’re imagining, at least not in the more western countries anyway. More off the beaten track, be aware that your accommodation for the night might be a lot more basic, however , you’re seeing the world – keep that thought in your mind.
2. Plan, plan, plan!
It might seem romantic to take off and see where the wind blows you, however the only direction it’s likely to blow you in, is back home. Planning might sound boring but if you want to see the world, it needs to be done.
3. Budget your finances
Being sensible with your money means a successful trip. Split your trip into sections, and set a budget for that particular part. Then stick to it! Anything you don’t spend, great, you can have a little extra for the next section.
4. Do it the local way
It’s no surprise that tourist attractions and tourist modes of transport cost considerably more than the same services away from the tourist areas. So it goes without saying that in order to save pennies, steer clear of the tourist traps! Public transport, e.g. buses and even walking, if it’s a short distance, go a long way to making sure the budget is stuck to. Oh, and you’ll see much more too.
This is also the same when stocking up on essentials – go to the markets, or the local shops, not the supermarkets in the middle of a tourist attraction.
5. Go around the houses … or clouds
Air fares these days are going up year on year, however it literally pays to go indirect. I booked an indirect flight to Dalaman, Turkey recently, via Istanbul, and managed to save over £100 on the direct flight price – that £100 will come in very handy during your around the world travels.
Is it possible to travel the world on a shoe-string? With a lot of careful planning and a considerable amount of restraint where spending is concerned, then yes, it is.
Just remember the golden rule – plan, plan, plan! Feel free to add your own tips in the comments section…