5 ways to travel on a budget

Got that annoying travel bug but don’t have the funds to support it?

Great news! You don’t have to sell your cat and join the circus to be able to see the world; follow these 5 ways to travel on a budget and you’ll be booking your next flight before you know it.

1. Rent out your home

You know the film The Holiday? Well, think of it as like that but with less cliched calamities and Jude Law (sorry). Sites like AirBnB have made this a much more accessible and easier option to go for. If your place is going to be empty while you’re away, or even just your room and your flatmates are fine with it, renting it out as a place others can stay while they travel, can help fund towards your own travels.

2. House-sit

Similar to borrowing your house out to others, there’s those out there who will also be doing the same thing. Take advantage of them and stay in the comfort of someone’s home instead of a hotel. It’s more often than not cheaper than a hotel or the same price as a hostel, while feeling much more homely. You’ll get an authentic taste of the culture and the owner may leave some hints and tips of local favourites to visit as well.

3. Carpool

Save money on travelling once you’re within a country by looking into other modes of transport.

From a interrail global pass that you can use on train throughout europe, to sites such as thorntree.lonelyplanet.com, erideshare.com and hitchhikers.org, you can find others heading the same destination as you that you can get a lift with. Get your car games ready.

4. Use your contacts

With social media, it’s easier than ever to stay in contact with friends and family that live abroad. so make the most of that and see if they can house you for your stay or at least part of it. You can pay a small amount as a friendly gesture is your guilt can’t take it, or offer with some house-work. It’s amazing what some elbow grease can do.

5. Work as you go

Depending on where you’re travelling to and what the Visa laws are, picking up jobs along the way as you travel can help fund your journey as you go. Whether it’s a bar job or waiting at a cafe, constantly topping up your travelling fund is not only a clever way to do it, but also a great way to meet new people as well.