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Winter is just around the corner and we all know what that means. All your friends travelling to exotic locations and clogging your Instagram feed with #WishYouWereHere posts. If you’ve spent more time treating yourself than saving, you might think that travelling is out of the question but here are some ways to travel sooner than you think.
What if you could travel and get paid to do it? Whilst not everyone can be a paid Instagram blogger, working overseas is a great way to fund your trip. Do some research, book your flights and you’re away! New York is ideal if you love kids and want to work as an Au Pair, or the ski slopes of Canada if bartending is more your thing. And if you can speak a second language? Well, the world really is your oyster! Make sure you do your research and sign up with credible agencies, but working and travelling is a great way to see the world, make new friends and pick up some new skills along the way.
There are plenty of sites that connect travellers with locals who have a spare bed and by doing this, it will save you a bunch of cash. You can get off the beaten track and immerse yourself in a culture only seen by locals. By staying with locals, you’ll get the inside word on where to eat, drink and shop which will make your time away feel even more authentic.
Don’t Dismiss the Tour Guides
In just about every major city in the world, there are free tours made for the tourist looking to travel cheaply. The tourist office will also be able to tell you where to find happy hour, 2 for 1 burgers, unlimited pizza nights, discounted shows and so much more, so don’t avoid them, make it your first stop in every city. Also, check out the major tourist attractions and commit to visiting during their quieter times, you’ll probably get a discount or a special offer for doing so.
Make Your Own Dinner
Just because you’re travelling, doesn’t mean you should eat out for every meal. If you’re backpacking through Italy, grab some antipasto, cheese and maybe a sneaky bottle of Chianti and have a picnic on the Spanish Steps. If you’ve decided to stay with locals ask them to teach you how to cook the authentic meal of their town or if you’re in France, brave a supermarket and buy groceries for a few days. Not only will you save some cash, you’ll get to try out your French skills, oui?
Planning is Key
The key to cheap travel is planning. Book what you can in advance and be prepared to travel on less favourable connections if you just must getaway when prices are high. You can save a lot if you are prepared to stop over in smaller cities or travel on the red eye. If Europe is your destination, consider car sharing or travelling to your next country via rail.
Whether you plan to travel for two weeks, two months or even two years, it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. So, spin that globe and pick a destination, book your flights and you’re away. Don’t forget to send us a postcard!
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