The average Dorset resident gets 28 days of paid holiday time off per year. The temptation to use all of that time in one lump and travel the world is always there. But, how would you finance such an endeavour? There are plenty of tips for getting your money in order to travel around the world. Here are five ideas to get you started.
Cook Your Own Meals
One of the biggest expenses when travelling is eating out at restaurants. This may seem unavoidable when you are staying in a room without a stove or refrigerator. However, there are workarounds. Salads, sandwiches, and fruits are obvious options that require little to no refrigeration. But, depending on how you are travelling, you might consider bringing or buying a cooler and electric skillet. You can get these for under £15 each.
Another big expense when travelling is finding places to sleep. Fortunately, you can save big by watching other people’s homes while they go on their trip. This allows you to stay in one destination for a while and get to know it well without spending a lot. Additionally, you will have full access to a kitchen, which will save you even more.
Take Advantage of Sharing Services
Thanks to today’s “sharing economy,” you can find home-cooked meals with local chefs, rideshare alternatives, quirky tour guides, and inexpensive accommodations. With sharing economy websites, you can bypass the traditional travel industry. This way, you get access to locals who are using their skills and assets to essentially run their own affordable boutique tourism companies. And, locals know where the deals are: restaurants that are low cost and delicious, thrift stores, and the cheapest markets. Consider EatWith, BlaBlaCar, Vayable, and Airbnb.
Get Free Air Travel
There’s really no excuse to pay full price for flights if you get yourself financially organised before travelling. The easiest way to save on tickets is to sign up for travel credit cards, rack up the miles, and fly for free. You can also add more miles through online bonuses, special offers, surveys, rewards programs, and more. You can boost your mileage balance by using your card to pay for everything from phone bills to coffee. There are also special offers from airlines when you shop with big stores, like Goulds, Beales, Apple, and Amazon. This can get you an extra 2-4 miles for every pound you spend.
Consider Taking on Some Work
If you would like to take a little longer trip, you can fund your travels by working at your destination. One popular option that pays well is teaching English in South Korea, Thailand, or other Asian countries. Other jobs you can find just about anywhere are yacht worker, seasonal worker (at ski resorts, vineyards, and more), casino worker, cruise ship worker, tour guide, dive instructor, farm worker, and many others.
With these tips, you will be able to get out of Dorset for a while and see what the world has to offer.