How can I travel the world with little money?

Updated on : December 4, 2021 by Elsie Brown



How can I travel the world with little money?

My all-time favorite question to ask someone I just met is "If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?"

The reason I love asking this question is that I think it instantly reveals someone's deepest desires. It reveals what they would be doing with their lives if they removed the barriers of limitations and looked through the lens of possibility. When people imagine having all the money they could dream of, they immediately see a life without limits.

Without fail, almost everyone I ask answers, "I would travel the world."

In fact, money seems to be the main factor t

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My all-time favorite question to ask someone I just met is "If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?"

The reason I love asking this question is that I think it instantly reveals someone's deepest desires. It reveals what they would be doing with their lives if they removed the barriers of limitations and looked through the lens of possibility. When people imagine having all the money they could dream of, they immediately see a life without limits.

Without fail, almost everyone I ask answers, "I would travel the world."

In fact, money seems to be the main factor preventing people from leaving a job they don't like, a life that doesn't make them happy, and pursuing their dream of traveling the world.

But it does not have to be like that.

A few days ago I told all of you how I can afford a life of constant travel, and you can too. Since then, I have been positively surprised by the amount of shares, comments and messages I have received. One thing was overwhelmingly clear: people want to know how a nomadic lifestyle is financially possible.

In that post, I share a lot of tips on how to financially maintain a life of constant travel. But how do you start when you're broke? When you have nothing saved? When your feet are so itchy that you can barely sit still, but have absolutely no financial reserve to get up and go?

If there is one thing I have learned in three and a half years of travel, it is that nothing, literally nothing, is impossible. So today, I'm here to tell you that even if you have absolutely no money, you can pack your bags and leave tomorrow to travel the world. You can live like you've won the lottery, even when you're broke.

Here is how:

Sell ​​your shit

The first step to getting money quickly to be able to travel is to sell your things. This will not only help you pay for your trip, but it also eliminates the luggage you still have at home. If you don't have anything, you don't need an apartment to store it. You don't need a storage drive to store it. It has one less thing that ties it to a physical space.

Selling my belongings was the initial step that helped me make my dream of long-term travel come true. I did anything from selling my boots and leather dresses to consignment shops to selling my car and furniture on Craigslist.

Assess your belongings and ask yourself what you can drop. Instead of losing something or having less, consider it a trade. By selling your belongings, you are basically trading material possession for greater freedom. What is the value of freedom to you?

Do you still have a car? How would it feel to let go? Do you still have a home? How would it feel to let go? Large items will certainly help you save money quickly, but no item is too small. What do you have that you are willing to exchange for freedom? Have a yard sale, sell on Etsy, post on Craigslist, auction on Ebay, and spread the word to your friends on Facebook.

Travel for free

Would you believe me if I told you that it is not only possible, but quite easy, to travel for free? I never would have believed this to be true until I started meeting people, all over the world, who were actually doing it. I have witnessed that traveling for free, or at least on a budget, can actually lead to richer, more authentic, and life-changing experiences than packaged luxury travel. Why? It requires resourcefulness, human connection and trust, and adopting a more realistic way of life. Here are some of the best ways to travel the world for free:

Surf sofa

One of the simplest and most popular ways to sleep for free is through couchsurfing. If you are not yet enrolled in the sofa-surf, go ahead! You can look for hosts who offer a free sofa, a free bed, sometimes a free bedroom, with no expectations in return. Some hosts will even cook you breakfast and show you their favorite parts of the city. Let me say it again, FREE! It's particularly useful if you want to travel to more expensive cities like Singapore or London, where even dorm beds can cost up to $ 50 a night.

It is true that I have not done much couchsurfing, but I have many friends who swear by it. My friend Anna from The Legendary Adventures of Anna has couchsurfed all over the world and made tons of friends in the process. I stayed with one of their couchsurfing hosts in San Jose, Costa Rica, who was totally sweet, gave us our own room and even made a full Costa Rican breakfast in the morning. A friend of his took us to his favorite bar overlooking the city, ended up staying with me in Puerto Viejo and we remain friends to this day.

That said, you certainly need to take some precautions when surfing from the couch, especially if you're a solo female traveler. There are a lot of men who use couchsurfing as a way of flirting, and I had a very uncomfortable experience in Munich with a guy who was advertising a couch, but when I arrived I was expecting me to share a bed with him. Try to plan ahead and look for hosts with good reviews and common interests. Couch-surfing at heart is about making friends and being part of a community, rather than just a free bed.

For more information on Couch Surfing, see: The Complete Guide to Couchsurfing

Camping

Nature lovers rejoice, there are tons of places around the world where you can camp for free. One of my friends, Foster Huntington, is basically the king of "van life" and has lived and traveled the world in his trailer. I have met travelers who carry backpacks with lightweight tents and pay a small fee to pitch their tent in lodges or camp in the wild. A great option in the tropics is to simply travel with a hammock and a mosquito net. I met people who did this throughout Southeast Asia. Of course, safety is certainly something to consider, and make sure you are safe where you choose to camp.

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Keep in mind that too much money can mean differently to many people around the world.

I started traveling only 7 years ago and met young travelers who traveled all over the world for six months to a year and more ... I've always wondered how they can afford to do this ... as I traveled every other year, I knew that some they sold everything they had at home to travel until they were exhausted ... some, saved for years and left their jobs just to be able to travel the world ... I met some who had jobs that do not require an office but work online ... a daily schedule is kept as if they were working i

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Keep in mind that too much money can mean differently to many people around the world.

He couchsurfed, brought his own food, and used his culinary skills to sell popular sweets in the region that he sold on every scale. Despite the many difficulties encountered, the fellow seemed very happy to be able to travel, to achieve his goals through his ingenuity and creativity ...…. I have met many volunteers who are language teachers, carpenters, painters, artists, bartenders, kitchen. helpers, hotel workers, cleaners, baby, pet or house sitters etc who traded their services for pay or food / accommodation ... unlike short week vacationers, people who travel for several months or years are no longer full-time vacationers but rather adventurers exploring the sights and opportunities presented to them… some of their distinguishing characteristics: they travel well and light; They are very frugal, they stay in shelters,
A young Russian tattoo artist / model I met at a hostel in Buenos Aires last year has been traveling for 6 to 7 years, since he was 17 years old. It started in Southeast Asia and ended up in Latin America modeling and tattooing and is still traveling all over the place.
In answer to the question, you can travel without a lot of money by first researching where you want to go, how much time you have, and how much money you need to have: transportation costs to and from, daily food and accommodation costs ... miscellaneous sightseeing trips, once have approximate spending figures, you can forecast potential savings in weeks or months of voluntary (confirmed) exchanges. For starters you need to sign up for volunteer programs, most now have fees, some have none ... then confirm volunteer jobs, several months before your departure ...

Lastly, here is an article that might help:

  • 15 ways to travel the world for free (or even get paid)

You don't have to be rich to travel. In fact, if you are extremely smart in your approach, you can travel with no money at all. If you don't have money in the bank but want to hit the road, this article will help you make your way into a life of travel, without having to save a ton of money beforehand.

While I've personally never traveled with a $ 0 bank balance, there are ways you can start traveling with little to no money in your account. Dariece and I have always had some savings before traveling the world, but that doesn't mean we haven't used these handy tricks.

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You don't have to be rich to travel. In fact, if you are extremely smart in your approach, you can travel with no money at all. If you don't have money in the bank but want to hit the road, this article will help you make your way into a life of travel, without having to save a ton of money beforehand.

While I've personally never traveled with a $ 0 bank balance, there are ways you can start traveling with little to no money in your account. Dariece and I have always had some savings before going on world trips, but that doesn't mean we haven't used these handy tricks from time to time.

If you combined all of these tricks, then you could go on a trip around the world, while eating, sleeping, and taking tours, all for free. These days, you really don't need money to travel ... No more excuses. Let us begin.

* Please note that there are also numerous visa-free countries around the world, which means you can save money by not having to buy a visa to travel there.

Earn reward points

The first thing you will need if you want to travel abroad is a plane ticket. This is a huge expense and hard to come by if you don't have the money. What you need to do is choose the best rewards credit card (or some of them) and start putting all your purchases on the correct card.

When you are filling your gas tank at home, use an airmiles card, when shopping for groceries, get a cash back with Scotiabank Gold and with all other purchases, use your favorite cash back credit card. Over an extended period of time, these points can easily add up to enough rewards to pay for a flight abroad.

You will still have to pay taxes and some fees on your flights after using your reward points, but the best part is that the rewards aren't just for flights. You can use your points to pay for hotels, car rentals and excursions around the world. Sign up now and watch your travel savings start to add up.

Free Flights

Want to save those reward points for a later date? Try to get hit. There are so many people flying these days that airlines have started booking too many flights. They are relying on the fact that some people won't show up in time to check-in (or at all), but if everyone shows up and the flight is actually oversold, they are forced to ask for volunteers to open their seat. redeem for a free flight voucher.

If they hit you, they'll fly you (free) on the next flight. In addition, you will be rewarded with a flight coupon for the amount of your ticket. This is your free ticket to fly around the world!

This is not a foolproof way to get free flights, but it will work sometimes and can save you thousands of dollars (or reward points).

There are 3 key factors that will go into giving you the best chance of getting hit.

1. Pick a Popular Flight - If you want to get hit, then you want to pick a flight on a day that is busy and is a popular destination. Book your flight to a major airport at the beginning or end of the week when there are more people flying.

2. Pack lightly: on the day of your flight, do not check luggage. Try to have only carry-on luggage. The airline will look for passengers who are the best candidates for the hits, and if they have to fetch their bag, they are less likely to pick it up.

3. Register early and volunteer - Head to the check-in counter earlier and have a big smile on your face. Kindly tell the agent that if you are "looking for volunteers" then you are willing to help. The airline staff will know exactly what you are talking about and will likely move you to the top of the list.

Free accommodation

Now that you've got a flight without spending money, it's time to get free accommodation. It's really not that hard to find places to stay for free, you just have to know where to look!

Sitting at home: You can find housekeeping jobs without paying a membership fee just by looking around the web, but in our experience it's worth the $ 8 / month to get a sit-down through a good site. reputation. We use TrustedHouseSitters.com and have found jobs in the Caribbean and Costa Rica.

There are often posts for vineyards in Italy, houses on islands in Italy, mansions in France, and castles in the UK. Free luxury accommodation like this is worth the cheap monthly fee and it's not hard to get a job!

Couch Surfing - This is probably the best way to stay for free and meet cool people from all over the world. People from all over the world offer their room or sofa free, and you can stay with them for free for a few nights.

Couch Surfing is a great network of people who love to travel and socialize. Couch Surfing is free and offers more than just accommodation. There are often couch surfers gatherings all over the world where you can connect with like-minded travelers and have a great time.

Accommodation exchange: The next time you check into a hostel, ask them if they are looking for help in exchange for free accommodation. You'd be surprised how many places are willing to give you a free bed in exchange for a bartending or reception job.

Camping: Bring a tent and you can have free accommodation all over the world. In some countries, it is illegal to pitch a tent without paying a fee, but in most countries you can post on the beach or in the jungle without paying a penny. In Mexico, for example, you can camp on almost any beach for free.

Free transport

You've gotten a free flight and a ton of free accommodation, now is the time to go from one city to another (or from one country to another) without paying a penny. To get free transportation while traveling, the best thing to do is prepare your thumb.

Hitchhiking on the road: If you travel by land, you can hitchhike for free in most countries. We have done it in Mozambique, Mexico, Thailand, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and basically all over the world. In many countries, locals also use hitchhiking as a means of transportation. Just make sure you put your thumb up in a safe place and don't risk a free ride.

Hitchhiking on Boats: Have you ever seen yourself become a skipper? If you want a fun and exciting way to get from one island to another, consider sailing for free. Ship and boat captains can often need a little help while at sea and even if you are inexperienced, you can probably hitchhike on boats without a problem.

Just head to a popular marina or mooring place and ask. We have met dozens of people who have traveled for free throughout the Caribbean using this technique.

Free food

Some travelers will resort to a somewhat sanitary "diving in the trash" method to get free meals, but we won't get into that in this article. Also, there are people who are really in need and if tourists are raiding the garbage bins, then they will have no food left.

Instead, check out these methods:

Eating in ashrams, temples and churches: In some holy places of worship around the world, in particular Sikh temples, free food is offered to the faithful. In India, you can get free food everywhere. Simply head to a temple, offer to help roll chapatis (Indian bread), and you will be given a free meal in exchange for your service and assistance.

Bakery closing hours: Even when I was working in Cinnamon City in Canada (many lifetimes ago), employees were urged to give away the remaining baked goods at closing time. Many bakeries and small cafes do this around the world and if you show up close to closing time you can often get a free meal or tasty snack.

Work exchange: Head to a local restaurant or your hostel restaurant and ask if they need help with dishes, bartender service, or service. You can often work a few hours in exchange for some free meals.

Festivals and Events: Many events, especially religious ones, will include some type of free food. When we were in Iran for Ashura, there was delicious food around every corner, for free! We also helped our hotel distribute food and, in return, they gave us free meals.

Free Tours

Finding free tours won't be as easy as finding accommodation, food, and transportation, but it's still possible.

Reviews: Be on the lookout for companies offering a "New Tour". Often times, these companies will be willing to offer you a free (or discounted) tour in exchange for your honest feedback.

Social Media Sharing - If you have quite a few friends / fans on your social media accounts, consider offering travel companies some social media shares and images in exchange for a free excursion.

You are going to spend thousands of dollars. Your tastes / habits determine if it is only thousands or tens of thousands. I managed to travel to United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Maldives, Sri Lanka, Cambodia (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap), Vietnam (Hoi An, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City) and Perth Australia for about $ 3,500 USD . I stayed in each city for about a week to 10 days. My journey began and ended in New York. Total travel time three months. Can be done. You will have to stay in hostels and 2 * hotels to save money. You should also avoid the temptation to buy things because "it is so c

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You are going to spend thousands of dollars. Your tastes / habits determine if it is only thousands or tens of thousands. I managed to travel to United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Maldives, Sri Lanka, Cambodia (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap), Vietnam (Hoi An, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City) and Perth Australia for about $ 3,500 USD . I stayed in each city for about a week to 10 days. My journey began and ended in New York. Total travel time three months. Can be done. You will have to stay in hostels and 2 * hotels to save money. You should also avoid the temptation to buy things because "it's so cheap" and limit spending on luxury services (ie Spas / Fine Dining / Tours). You can pamper yourself and treat yourself, but set a budget before departure. Ideally it is'


Preparation is key. The trip mentioned above is my second big trip to Asia. I started planning it more than a year before the departure date. Invest in a good notebook and a sturdy folder. Find out the destinations you want to visit. Trip Advisor and Lonely Planets are excellent guides. Calculate how long it will take to see each place (this will take time because different people will tell you different things) Phnom Penh, Cambodia only needs 72 hours maximum, but Siem Reap, Cambodia needs at least 6 days. This depends on your taste ... for someone who likes architecture / history 10 days could be better. I stayed there for 10 days. Write it down and set the dates. Look for the tickets three months before departure. This is the place to save money. Buy a good


hand luggage. Learn to travel without checked baggage. I travel with a backpack for my laptop and a small carry-on. Budget airlines will sell you a cheap flight but will make you pay 60 usd for checked luggage. Not having luggage will also prevent you from buying unnecessary souvenirs. And it makes life so much simpler and easier. Budget airlines outside of the US also don't check your luggage for the next flight. Therefore, you must collect your bags and re-check them for connecting flights. This can take anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour. You will miss a flight if you cannot do it quickly.

Research and preparation is the key. Just save the money and do it. It's worth it.

Also invest in a good camera. It is not a DSLR. Point and shoot ... you can be a pro if you are adventurous.

By the way, greetings from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

  1. Choose an internet website such as Kayak or Vayama (note: I am not connecting any of these websites, I only mention their function), which provides information on the prices of the flights. Enter the name of your local international airport and the name of the airport for your chosen destination, as well as the dates you want to travel, and have the website send you alerts when prices drop.
  2. Be flexible on your travel days. Sometimes traveling on Tuesday instead of Monday can make a big difference in price.
  3. If you have no particular interest in the destination, check back regularly to see where you can go on a
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  1. Choose an internet website such as Kayak or Vayama (note: I am not connecting any of these websites, I only mention their function), which provides information on the prices of the flights. Enter the name of your local international airport and the name of the airport for your chosen destination, as well as the dates you want to travel, and have the website send you alerts when prices drop.
  2. Be flexible on your travel days. Sometimes traveling on Tuesday instead of Monday can make a big difference in price.
  3. If you don't have a particular interest in the destination, check regularly where you can go on a certain date for what you can afford. (You can do this on Kayak; it will show you a map of the world, with prices in various destinations). And by the way, this is also a great way to consider destinations that you might not have thought of otherwise.
  4. Don't forget that you will need to calculate transportation to and from airports, and that this can add a bit of expense to your travel plans. In Paris, for example, it costs about 55 euros to take a taxi into the city from DeGaulle airport. But, if you know how to use the RER (commuter train) and you travel with light luggage, it is much cheaper. (Especially if you have booked a hotel or apartment that is close to an RER stop).
  5. Budget hotels are a good way to cut costs, if you don't mind sacrificing a few amenities. For example, I don't care if the room is small or if it doesn't have a television. If I am traveling with very light luggage, I do not care if there is no elevator. I care about the location. Hotel booking websites can be very helpful in determining hotel location and services. However, the best deals are usually available by booking directly through the hotel.
  6. Vacation rentals are also a good cost-effective way to travel, especially if several of you are traveling together. Having kitchen facilities can also reduce the cost of meals; Even if you don't like cooking, you can buy ready-made food to go and bring it to your apartment or home.

I would suggest investing in rail cards and travel cards - public transportation can be a bit of a hassle to start with, but once you're done with the schedules, you can plan your campaign much more efficiently.

Avoid holidays in all countries: Even though there would be more targets to wreak havoc and chaos in your evil plans and you would go a long way in your cause, you will have serious transportation problems because schedules will be of no use.

I also suggest that you find a fairly central place to live, close to a central train station or a bus station, so that you can get easy transportation.

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I would suggest investing in rail cards and travel cards - public transportation can be a bit of a hassle to start with, but once you're done with the schedules, you can plan your campaign much more efficiently.

Avoid holidays in all countries: Even though there would be more targets to wreak havoc and chaos in your evil plans and you would go a long way in your cause, you will have serious transportation problems because schedules will be of no use.

I also suggest that you find a fairly central place to live, close to a central train station or a bus station, so that you can easily reach the main cities. Because if you're going to become a major player on the global villain scene, you have to do it in the big cities.

People remember Lex Luthor because he conquered Metropolis, and The Joker because he destroyed Gotham, and Don Corleone because he ruled New York with an iron fist.

They don't remember Jo Bloggs because of his cigarette monopoly on Arisaig.

When you create a thirty-foot-tall giant killer robot, you want to use it in London, Paris, or Rome, not Burnley, Skilta, or Whittlesnark.

But I digress.

Basically buy a cheap house, close to a central transportation hub. Invest in rail cards, recruit some loyal friends as minions who are willing to work as a co-op taking a share of the profits in the future. He's kind of a socialist, but unless you want to make them slaves, that's the only way you can make it work.

Once you start taking control of a few cities, you will get more money and then you will have a bigger budget and you can spend and do more.

I don't know if you could really travel the world without any money, not unless you meet a wealthy pilot who will keep you in the cockpit and give you leftover food from the plane, but there are actually ways you can do things. on the cheap.

I feel like I'm always insisting on how to do things economically. Just yesterday my son blatantly mentioned that if someone were to Google our name, the definition would be cheap, cheap, and free.

Cheeky little bastard.

What can I say? I like to do things as cheaply as possible. We have been traveling the world for a

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I don't know if you could really travel the world without any money, not unless you meet a wealthy pilot who will keep you in the cockpit and give you leftover food from the plane, but there are actually ways you can do things. on the cheap.

I feel like I'm always insisting on how to do things economically. Just yesterday my son blatantly mentioned that if someone were to Google our name, the definition would be cheap, cheap, and free.

Cheeky little bastard.

What can I say? I like to do things as cheaply as possible. We have been traveling the world for almost a year and have spent as little as possible physically without falling down the drain.

When traveling, your three biggest expenses are accommodation, transportation, and food.

And teenagers.

But I'll assume you're not as crazy as I am and traveling alone.

Okay, in order, this is how we try to save money on those three expenses.


Accommodation.

We do couchsurf. I am not going to go into too much detail, I have already written many posts on this topic, but yes, we are avid surfers from the couch.

Although it's free, don't use Couchsurfing as a means to just hang your head over nothing.

There is more to that.

The people who open their homes to you are genuine and friendly travelers and will appreciate your company or an offer to cook dinner on occasion.

If you're really broke, the least you can do is help out with some chores or, like my son did in Japan, make breakfast for your hosts.

Servas International.

Not many people have heard of Servas. It is an organization of hosts and travelers that aims to promote world peace, understanding and goodwill by providing opportunities for travelers.

It is free to stay with Servas hosts and they generally provide meals. Again, I cannot stress enough that this is a way to meet and meet other travelers from different cultures. It's about socializing with other people who have different beliefs and customs than you.

It's a great (and profitable) way to meet local people. It is not a free hotel.

Care homes.

Here's another way you can stay somewhere for free, and one that we do often, although this option is a bit more restrictive. Taking care of the house usually involves having pets to take care of, so you can't just get up and leave whenever you want. But, if you want a long weekend in New York or a couple of weeks on a farm in Ireland, sign up to take care of the house, it's perfect!

Just keep in mind that House Sitting is super competitive so you will have to work hard to convince the owner to hire you.

Do what we did and make a short video of yourself smiling and looking friendly, put it on your profile. It will increase your chances of getting a neat home and also reassure potential homeowners that you are quite normal and don't look like Freddie Kruger.


Meal.

Eat with the locals. An omelette on a Jodhpur side street will cost you a few rupees and will be much more delicious than if you go to a fancy tourist restaurant and eat whatever tourists like to eat in India.

Thailand is a mecca for street food. You'll live like roadside food kings for very little money. Follow the locals. Eat where they eat and you can't go wrong.

In Japan, go to the supermarket after 8pm. They cut down on all their stuff and you can get an absolute bargain meal for as little as $ 2.

In Italy you eat bread and cheese. Large Italian pesto poles will cost you a few euros and make a delicious meal when paired with a bit of cheese.

In the UK, go to the Co-op supermarket after 7pm and head down the narrow aisle. Here you can eat very well for less than two pounds. Below is an example of what I just bought from a supermarket in Scotland. Almost all items under 20p.


Transport.

Once when we were in Sri Lanka, we paid for reserved seats in the observation compartment of a train.

Yes, it was quite charming. Was it worth the money? Not really.

The next time we came to travel, to my children's horror, I decided it would be a lot more fun (and a lot kinder on the wallet) in third class without reservation.

The people were beautiful, entertaining, and friendly. Yes, all the seats were taken, but hey! We got to sit at the entrance of the train and see the view for a fraction of the cost and believe me it was the best view on the train.

Get on the buses in Asia.

In India, you can travel the length and breadth of the country for very little money. I'm not saying it's the most comfortable ride, but remember, we're not talking about comfort here, we're talking about cheap.

Just look at my son's face. Would you rather travel first class? No.

Honest.


Ok then, that should be enough for you. Read all the other great answers here, and get some other low-cost travel ideas, like working for your livelihood on a farm or teaching English abroad.

There are ways to travel cheaply if you think outside the box and buckle up.

At that very moment. Speaking of belts, I'm about to loosen mine so I can poke fun at my 10p jelly donuts from the grocery store before my son finds them.

As always, thank you very much for reading and if you need more help, come and say hello on my travel blog,

Happy travels!

Liz x

If it is possible to do it in our lifetime, it would have already been done, I can assure you.

But it hasn't happened (yet?). But why?

Conquering a world within our life requires many prerequisites. Let's take a look at the famous cost-time-quality pyramid.

As you can see, you can only choose two functions at a time. Choosing three is impossible, as we cannot imagine a high-quality house being built in a few days with cheap labor.

To conquer the world, a feature that we must choose will be "Fast" to keep the process within our time frame.

Then we will have two options:

1. Quick + High Quali

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If it is possible to do it in our lifetime, it would have already been done, I can assure you.

But it hasn't happened (yet?). But why?

Conquering a world within our life requires many prerequisites. Let's take a look at the famous cost-time-quality pyramid.

As you can see, you can only choose two functions at a time. Choosing three is impossible, as we cannot imagine a high-quality house being built in a few days with cheap labor.

To conquer the world, a feature that we must choose will be "Fast" to keep the process within our time frame.

Then we will have two options:

1. Fast + high quality = expensive

Since the requirement is a "tight budget", we can easily rule it out.

2. Cheap + Fast = Low quality

This is the only option we have left. Cheap and Fast what we need are the result of Low Quality. What does it mean then, you might ask?

  • Extremely low number of minions.
  • Maintenance costs threaten to shut everything down. We're not talking about secret fighter jets painted in a rogue paint scheme, we're talking about keeping our server running or having enough money to pay for electricity.
  • Being stuck as a niche political spectrum.
  • Poor propaganda and commercials that hardly anyone takes seriously.
  • All brochures, programs, broadcasts and merchandise will have this robust piracy feeling that everyone wants to avoid.
  • There are hardly any (smart) followers.
  • Almost no allies.
  • Strong rivals become even stronger due to the "extremist" nature of an ambitious new organization.
  • No growth potential which is imperative for any type of domination.

I must disappoint both of us: without an additional budget, we cannot do anything that counts as taking care of something. Flat Earth and Communism are equally dumb ideas, but the latter got all the funding it needed and almost took over our planet with its empty trays ...

I firmly believe that you do not need money to travel, only will and time. If you really want to travel seriously, you will find a way to do it. If you want to travel for an extended period, there are mainly two scenarios you might be in before starting your trip:

1) You have a cumulative sum of money and now you need to figure out where to go and how to stretch that money to keep you on the road longer.

2) You don't have enough money saved, which means you have to work your way on the go.

The first case is simpler in my opinion as it only requires you to be frugal

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I firmly believe that you do not need money to travel, only will and time. If you really want to travel seriously, you will find a way to do it. If you want to travel for an extended period, there are mainly two scenarios you might be in before starting your trip:

1) You have a cumulative sum of money and now you need to figure out where to go and how to stretch that money to keep you on the road longer.

2) You don't have enough money saved, which means you have to work your way on the go.

The first case is simpler in my opinion as it requires you only to be frugal and comfortable with uncertainty. Some of my commandments if you fall in this bucket are as follows:

  • Travel Solo. This according to me is the most important. Travelling alone allows you the flexibility to travel on your budget. Unless you have someone who is willing to be as frugal and travel on an extended basis as you. Usually you’ll find such people on the road, and you are more likely to meet them if you travel alone in the first place.
  • Talk to everyone. Have conversations with everyone you make eye contact with. Be inquisitive about them and their culture. People tend to be nice and hospitable across the world and you are bound in most cases to get local hospitality and generally a far more enriching trip than you would if you didnt.
  • Be flexible. I usually only have a loose idea of how I want to go about covering an area/city/state/country. I usually dont make any prior bookings (apart from maybe flight, and try to avoid flights anyway). Not booking hotels, will force you to find your way around when you reach a new place and thereby unearth opportunities that you may have missed otherwise.
  • Don’t stay in a hotel unless you absolutely must. I usually couchsurf or camp in most places. Hotels can be expensive depending on the country you’re in and usually lack the window into the soul of a place.
  • Keep a daily budget. Have a daily budget for your food requirements etc, and stick to it. If you splurge on a nice meal on one day then be sure to compensate by eating from a grocery store only on the other.
  • Spend on experiences instead of luxuries. Dont waste your money on nice stays, expensive coffees, partying out or sit down meals. Instead stay and eat local and spend money on experiences that you would miss out on otherwise (while eating in a Michelin star restaurant is an experience, it is upto you to decide whether that experience is worth that money to you).

Let’s get to the second scenario then. You dont have enough money to support an extended travel. This means that you must work your way through travelling and requires a lot more research and effort on your part. That said, this can be extremely rewarding as I believe that you only truly get to know by living and working there. Following would be the queries to address if you wish to pursue a travelling career (or atleast a working stint).

  • Do you have any skills? Specifically, do you have a skill that you can use for working in towns for cash? (for example, baking, a performance skill, yoga teacher, chef, etc) If you do then you can easily keep finding work around travel towns that pays you in cash and doesnt require to get work visas.
  • Volunteer. The other way to go about it is look for volunteering assignments that take care of your food and lodging. So you can get by with having to only pay for transportation.

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1. Don't look for hotels. Instead, try booking a Homestay. Staying with a local family helps you get to know the place and the people better and it'll save you A LOT of money.

2. Roll up your clothes instead of folding them. This will save you acres of space. And less space means less baggage, which means you won't be charged for excess baggage.

3. Traveling abroad with your Indian number can be quite an expensive affair. That is why international SIM cards like Matrix are a better option. Make and receive free calls with great data packages that allow you to use Google Maps and Wh

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I would love to answer this !!

1. Don't look for hotels. Instead, try reserving a homestay. Staying with a local family helps you get to know the place and the people better and will save you A LOT of money.

2. Roll up your clothes instead of folding them. This will save you acres of space. And less space means less baggage, which means you won't be charged for excess baggage.

3. Traveling abroad with your Indian number can be quite an expensive affair. That's why international sim cards like Matrix are a better option. Make and receive free calls with great data packs that let you use Google Maps and WhatsApp without worrying. The best part of these cards is that, you can always settle your bill once you're back home!

4. Also, clear your cache or turn on the incognito mode before visiting any airfare website. Usually, most of the websites drop a cookie in your browser which is later used to increase airfares when you are searching for the same destination repeatedly.

5. A great way to save money is by buying the currency before travelling. Using your credit card overseas may seem like an easy option but most banks charge a fee for converting the forex. So unless the conversion rate one a particular day is exceptionally low, always use cash instead of card.

6. If you want to book some show or concert ticket in the country you are traveling to, I highly recommend you to download a Google Chrome plug-in like this , which allows you to use a proxy server. Switch to a proxy server of the country you are traveling to and book your tickets.I guarantee you will get them slightly cheaper.

7. Did you know that some countries allow you to collect a tax refund on all items that were a part of your retail therapy? Just make sure all your bills are intact and while re-entering the country, check at the airport if your purchases are eligible for a tax refund.

8. Try to travel in the off season. Apart from being almost 50% cheaper, travelling off season also eliminates the extra crowd!

9. When buying your flight tickets, always book a round trip, in advance. Don't ever book two different flights. Round trip fares are much cheaper than single trip ones.

10. Be flexible with your traveling dates. If your hotel and airfare are going a little over your budget, toggle with the dates a bit and book something that suits your pocket. Also, avoid booking on a holiday or over a weekend, the rates are usually the highest during these times.

11. Carry your ID card because many museums and amusement parks offer student discounts. So, if you still have a student ID you can save tons of money.

12. Avoid using taxis and embrace public transport. You can save a lot of money on commuting by purchasing a bus or a tube pass. Buy one that lasts you for the entire time of your holiday and you can be sure, you will have some extra money for other things.

13. If you are a shopping buff, you can always shop online a few days before and have your loot shipped to your hotel or Homestay address. The biggest advantage of shopping online is that you get some killer deals which are usually not available in the store.

14. Use your credit card points to get discounts on flights and hotels. Most banks have a tie up with various hotels and airlines. The points you collect on your card can be redeemed for cash discounts on various bookings. If you have collected points and don't know what to do with them, use them for your travels!

The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You Have No Money You can find more on this link! :))

Hope this helps.

Happy travelling>>

You define the budget immediately. Let’s elaborate.

Imagine that you have around 2,000 euros to travel around Europe, and you want to stretch it out for a whole month. How would you go about doing it? Definitely not by staying in five-star hotels and dining in 3 Michelin star restaurants. Here are some things that you can cut back on.

Transporte

Now, if you are going from the US or from somewhere outside of Europe, a flight is your cheapest and fastest bet. But let's imagine you live in a place like North Africa or the Middle East. Reaching the European border would take you at most, around

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You define the budget immediately. Let's elaborate.

Imagine that you have around 2,000 euros to travel around Europe and you want to stretch it for a whole month. How would you do it? Definitely not staying in 5 star hotels and dining in 3 Michelin star restaurants. Here are some things you can cut down on.

Transport

Now if you’re going from the USA or somewhere outside of Europe, then a flight is your cheapest and fastest bet. But let’s imagine that you live in a place like North Africa or the Middle East. Getting to the European border would take you at most, around 4 hours from North Africa and between 8–12 hours from the Middle East if you go by bus or car.

In these cases, you’d save a lot of money on the travel tickets, but you’d be spending more time. Plus, if you’re supposed to have a Visa, just going by bus or car can be tricky, as you’d have to show a return ticket and proof that you have a place to stay.

Now, once in Europe, you can go for Train travel, which is the cheapest and fastest you can choose. The railways across the continent can take you pretty much everywhere. But if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can just hitch-hike, just don’t be surprised when the driver may ask for some gas money.

Accommodation

If you’re on a budget, forget the word “Hotel”. Your best bet to have cheap accommodation is to either go for Hostels, Airbnb or local real estate websites. With Hostels its a bit tricky as you’re deprived of privacy, but it helps for a community with your roommates. With Airbnb, you’d be able to find apartments and rooms for a relatively cheap price, but the commissions that the owners pay Airbnb is added to the price, therefore there is some mark-up.

The local real estate websites don’t usually charge people to post their apartments for rent. They charge them if they want to promote or feature the real estate on the first page. Therefore, spend an hour or two looking through those vacant rooms or flats and choose the most convenient one. In fact, you’d be able to barter with the owner much better if there was no middleman involved.

Food

You can’t travel on an empty stomach now, can you? Furthermore, you can’t really experience’s a country’s culture without diving head first into their cuisine. What can you do to minimize the costs in this case?

There are a number of ways. Avoid street food. It may look cheap, but in all honesty, you’re better off just saving a little bit and going to a local restaurant. It turns into a better experience and a better meal overall.

But, when you’re in the process of exploring the city, sitting down in a cafe or restaurant is often not an option. At this time you can go to a local grocery store. Grab some small bread, a few cold cuts of meat and some sliced cheese. Bam, you’ve got yourself a sandwich for which you paid, what 2 euros maybe?

Or you can just buy pre-made sandwiches in the stores themselves, which usually cost maybe 0.5 or 1 euro more. What I usually do is, get some yoghurt alongside some pastry. In the worst case, it has cost me around 3 euros in total, but the food was enough for about 5–6 hours.

What’s even better to do is to buy the groceries. If you’ve rented an apartment or even a room, it’s best to buy some groceries for foods that can be easily carried. For example some veggies, some cold cuts and bread. Make some sandwiches, wrap them in plastic wrap so that it lasts you during the day, and in the evening, just go for a restaurant or a cafe and taste a local dish. You won’t be missing out on too much. You can do this even in a hotel room, there’s no restriction.

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