Do you long to see the world but are afraid you cannot afford it? Perhaps that vacation fund is just sitting in the bank and you are not sure how to spend it wisely. No worries, here are 5 ways you can pursue your dream without breaking the bank.
1. Travel by ship
Take a freighter cruise. Many cargo ships, such as those of Alexander F Bouri, often will have a bit of extra space when they travel. It may seem like a rather odd idea to cruise on a cargo ship, but the daily costs of these cruises often work out to be quite practical. Exotic, unspoiled attractions are only a short distance from these ports, resulting in unique opportunities for the adventuresome traveler. You also will be able to experience life on the ship by spending time on the deck and eating with the crew.
2. Eat on the cheap
When you are traveling, it can be extremely tempting to constantly eat at restaurants, but this can burn a hole in your wallet extremely quickly. Instead of eating out, try to find a market and purchase some fresh fruits, vegetables, and bread. You can even try to find some dried meat. This food will last for a long time and it can provide you with the nutrition that you need no matter where you are on your trip.
3. Join the military
Traveling the world is an added benefit of military service. One of the benefits of being an active duty service member includes 30 days of paid vacation each year. Likewise, service members are often stationed in various places around the world because the U.S. has military bases in 16 different countries.
4. Backpack through Europe
Staying at a hotel constantly can wither away your savings very quickly. Instead, you might want to stay at a backpacking or youth hostel. They typically cost around 20 or 30 dollars a week. Another option is Couchsurfing.com, a site where hospitable locals open up their homes to travelers at a low cost. You could also house-sit for somebody in a different country. In return for watching over their home, people will often allow you to stay there free of charge. The Eurail pass is a must-have when traveling through Europe. This option allows you to travel to anywhere in Europe for a week.
5. Become a flight attendant
With layovers in hundreds of cities around the world, flight attendants have the opportunity to experience sights unseen to the common worker. Once hired by an airline, prepare to be relocated immediately, as flight attendants are often required to live near their airline’s hub.
While on your adventures, always remember to have fun. If your financial situation hinders you from venturing outside your local area, take advantage of the media sources available to you such as Google Street View and the Travel Channel.