I get asked often, how to afford travel. I’ve been travelling full time for almost two years now, and these are my best tips and tricks to be able to afford to travel full time.
How to Afford Travel
1. Travel Hacking
I talk all about the specifics of travel hacking in my ebook. For those who don’t know what it is, here’s a quick rundown. Travel hacking is a way of using credit card points for free flights, upgrades, hotel rooms, etc. I made ZERO change to my lifestyle to get a free round trip flight from SFO to Europe. I just signed up for this credit card, used it to maximize my bonus points and referred a few people, and then had hundreds of thousands of points that I could use for flights, hotel rooms, or even gift cards. I was even able to buy my sister and I flights to Nicaragua immediately after my Copenhagen flight purchase!
2. Living a Minimalist Lifestyle
By being aware of what I’m spending money on, and making sure that I only buy things that are of value to me, I am able to maximize the money that I have. Watch my video on how minimalism changed my life, and how it led me to world travel. It’s helped me make some massive shifts in my life and led me to so much more than saving money. I’d highly recommend giving it a try! If you haven’t heard of minimalism, check out the Ted Talk by the Minimalists.
3. Learning about Sustainability
This one has a larger impact than you’d imagine – I used to spend loads of money on clothes and fast fashion. Once I watched “The True Cost” (watch it on Netflix), I completely changed my outlook on clothing. We are doing so much harm by purchasing cheap clothing made in factories with terrible working conditions. I’d suggest watching the doc and making your own choices. Please let me know what you think of it if you’ve seen it! I now buy less clothes, and when I do need something, I always try to buy second hand first.
4. Live Like A Local
By treating travel as a learning experience instead of a massive binger, I am able to save tons of money. I don’t drink often, and I am definitely not out partying at night. Instead of all-inclusive resorts, I stay in local accommodation like airbnbs, or sometimes I’ll even rent a place out. By cooking most of my own food, I save a ton. But I’ll still splurge on an epic vegan meal every once in a while. I really think about what the money I’m spending could get me. It costs me about $30 a day to live in Thailand – if I’m spending $30 on a meal in Australia or America, it better be worth giving up one day of living in Thailand. #realitycheck
I have tons of resources that I use to find the cheapest flights, the best accommodation, the luggage that I use to travel carry-on only, and the best travel insurance here. These are must-knows for anyone wondering how to afford travel!
6. Working Visas
I did a working visa for a year in Australia, where I was able to work and live (and travel) in the country for up to a year. I wrote an ultimate guide to the working holiday visa in Australia, which includes info on how I got work, what the wages are like, and how to find accommodation. Working while abroad is an easy way on how to afford travel. Use google to see what countries you can work abroad in! (p.s. you can always work online anywhere in the world).
My e-book goes more in depth on all of these topics, and includes real budgets from multiple countries (including Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, and Australia), safety tips and tricks, and a whole chapter on how to use travel hacking.
What do you think of my tips? Have you used any of these yourself? Let me know in the comments below!