Travelling the world doesn’t need to be something you put off until retirement or until you win the lottery. If it is a dream of yours to explore the globe, there is no reason you should put doing it off for one more day.
In fact, thanks to technological advancements it has never been easier to see the world inexpensively. All you need is a computer, internet connection, and some ingenuity and you can travel to your heart’s content without breaking the bank.
This article will review five helpful strategies for those interested in seeing the sights in an economical way.
Become a digital freelancer
According to a recent study, nearly 55 million Americans freelance in some capacity. The number is expected to grow in the coming years, to the point that in a decade more Americans will earn a living by freelancing than through traditional employment.
This is great news for those interested in seeing the world inexpensively. Travelers can now work remotely as a freelancer anywhere in the world. Now traveling doesn’t mean you need to forsake your career to see the sights. Instead, you can use a platform like Upwork or Elance to become a digital freelancer.
From helping an online business with social media marketing while you’re in Paris, to working as an online tutor in Cape Town, it has never been easier to earn money while traveling thanks to the digital freelancer revolution.
Make use of best-in-breed travel apps
There are a number of powerful travel apps that will make it much easier to manage complex trips and to find well-priced services when on the go.
Apps like Skyscanner, Kayak, Hipmunk and Kiwi are all good platforms to use when searching for well-priced airfare. Many of the apps mentioned also have a web-platform as well.
When it comes to finding accommodations at the last-minute, Hotel Tonight is a good option for those interested in well priced luxury hotels. On the other hand, travelers who prefer saving money by staying in hostels should download Hostelworld to access a large data-base of hostels. The app that includes helpful filtering, and search options to make it simple for travelers to quickly find a great place to stay.
Learn to make friends with other travelers and locals
Some things can’t be helped by an internet connection or smartphone. At the heart of travel is learning about the world and making connections with locals or with other travelers.
Furthermore, making new friends while on the road is a great way to learn about hidden local gems that aren’t in the tour books. It can also be a good tactic to stay safe by learning about areas to avoid.
If you are someone who doesn’t make new friends easily, consider befriending fellow travelers first. Other travelers are more likely to empathize with your situation, which can make it easier to quickly form a strong connection.
Opt for long layover flights
It is often the case that a layover flight will cost less than a nonstop flight. Consider searching for layover flights with long downtime between landing and departure. This way you will have time to explore the area around you.
Exploring the local area is even easier if the airport offers storage lockers. Simply stash your large suitcase in the locker, and head out on a quick tour before your next flight.
You can put the money you saved on the plane ticket toward financing your exploration of an area that you might otherwise have simply flown over.
Create a balance between work and play
Extended travel will usually require some work in order to keep your trip financed. If you are able to find a freelancing opportunity through one of the platforms mentioned above, be sure to find a balance between work and play.
While it may be tempting to drop everything and continue exploring, know that working regularly will allow you to travel longer than if you didn’t work at all.
To stay focused consider using a time management app like Focus Keeper. This app uses the Pomodoro method to break work up into four sets of 25 minutes followed by a break that lasts between 5 to 15 minutes.
Alternatively, ATracker or PlanDay are other good apps to help you understand how you spend your time during working hours.
Don’t wait for a windfall or retirement to live your dream. Use the tips outlined in the article to travel the world inexpensively. All you need to do is find a well-paying digital freelance job, that will allow you to work and travel at the same time.
Use apps to find inexpensive flights and hotels, and be sure to befriend others in order to find local attractions and to stay safe while away from home.
Founder Dinis Guarda
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