Traveling is something that the vast majority of people aspire to, even if it’s only as a way to escape the pressures, or just the boredom, of everyday life. The problem with travel is that it can be expensive if you let it, and few people have a massive budget to use.

That doesn’t mean you can’t travel if you haven’t got a huge amount of money, it just means you have to be careful, and plan effectively. We’re going to take a look at some things you may want to think about if you want to travel more cheaply.

Think about your flights

If you are flying to your destination there are several steps you can take to try and ensure that you don’t pay any more than you have to.

  • Be flexible with your dates. If at all possible it’s always best to be flexible about when you can fly, so you can take advantage of the cheapest dates and times.
  • Don’t automatically fly from the nearest airport. Just because there is an airport close to where you live, doesn’t mean that this is necessarily your cheapest travel option. You should explore all options.
  • Try indirect routes. Taking a more complicated route to your destination might not be your preferred option, but it can save you a considerable amount of money.


Search for deals and coupons

Remember that there is every chance you won’t have to pay full price for either all of your trip, or for aspects of it. When you are deciding to make a trip, check local press for any discounts and sales. You can also find several travel related coupons and codes online, at sites such as It’s worth spending time researching the deals available before you make any final decision concerning your destination, or the dates of your travel.

Save on your accommodation

If you are going to explore a new country, you probably won’t be spending a great deal of time at your accommodation, so you need to be realistic about the amount of money you need to spend on it. There are several ways in which you can reduce the amount of money you have to invest in accommodation.

  • Consider a home swap. Switching homes with someone from another country for a couple of weeks can be a great way of seeing different places on a budget. Check out sites like Home or Love Home Swap
  • Think about house sitting. Typically you will have to watch the owner’s pet(s) as well, but this is a great way to receive free accommodation worldwide.
  • Stay in a private room. There are often plenty of options for you to stay in a room in someone’s home, rather than a hotel. You obviously need to be cautious but it can be a far less expensive option.
  • Stay in value hotels and hostels. This may not be for everyone, but if you aren’t going to be spending much time in your accommodation all you really need is somewhere that is clean and safe.
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Thanks to Trusted House Sitters, this was our property for 7 months!

You can see that you don’t have to have a huge amount of money to see the world, you just have to plan effectively, and be realistic about what you can afford to do.

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Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift are the owners and founders of Goats On The Road. Together they have been travelling and working abroad since 2008 and have more than 20 years of combined experience in online business, finance, travel and entrepreneurship. Their expert advice has been featured on the Lonely Planet, CNN Money, Business Insider,  WiseBread and Forbes and they also spoke at the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul about the business of travel blogging.

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