How I afford to travel.

Bremer Bay, Western Australia, 2018.

I’m sitting outside of the house where I am staying almost for 3 weeks now, with a cup of tea in my hand.
The sun is shining and the sky is blue. From this place I could even see the sea if I’d stand up. A gentle breeze is blowing across my face and I smile. I could really get used to this.

Then a familiar sound: PING. A new message on Instagram. I unlock my phone and open the new message from one of my followers. The question he asked made me roll my eyes, and smile.

“How can you afford to travel that much?”, he asked.

In the last few months this was the first question everyone kept asking me after I talked about my journey. Now I’m about to lift the secret for all of you!How I afford to travel:
Saving money

Let’s take Australia as an example:
Three months before I came here I had no money left from my little trip through France and Spain (and maybe because of the Oktoberfest). Then I started to look for a job and after a few days I found one. For three months I was helping kids with homework and helped them to study and repeat what they’ve learned in school. With only two hours of work a day I could afford the flight, the visa and my insurance within three months.

Also: I had birthday in December. And because of that I even had a little extra money on my bank account.

I tried to save most of the money I earned. Every cent that I earned I put in a glass. As soon as I had enough money together for things that I need, I bought them directly. I really tried during this three months not to spend money on useless things (which was working out most of the time. But of course sometimes I treated myself with some Sushi at my favourite restaurant or some snacks)

Travel cheap

I am always looking for the cheapest. The cheapest flights, hostels, food, activities. And it’s actually super easy. I love to travel cheap.

Here are some examples:

  • Flights:

    • Skyscanner and Kiwi are super cool websites to find the cheapest flights. There you can look for the cheapest day to fly to your next destination. I’m always using one of those apps/websites to book my next flight.
    • I also travel with hand luggage only.
  • Hostels/others:

    • you can find good hostels on the page . But sometimes it’s worth having a look on the homepage of the hostels for better deals.
      I love sleeping in hostels, if I know that I stay longer time in one place. It is amazing how lovely people you meet in hostels.
    • If you don’t like hostels maybe Airbnb is something for you. On this page you can find flats, shared apartment rooms, and much more for a cheap price
    • Couchsurfing is another application and website that I really appreciate and love. Here people basically offer you a place on their “couch” for free. But of course it’s not always just a couch. Sometimes you even have your own room and you don’t have to share it with anyone. I love this application so much because you meet so wonderful and open minded people. They sometimes show you around and have good advices about good places to go. It’s just the best way of traveling. And it’s for free
  • Food

    • I usually go to a shop and look for the deals of the day. Then I decide what to buy, go back to the hostel and start cooking. It’s much cheaper than going to restaurants every day.
    • Also I try to find hostels where they have breakfast included. It’s also a nice way to save some money.
    • If I go out, I try not to eat in expensive restaurants. Advices from people of your hostel or the place where I stay are always welcome. That, for example, is how I found a cool Indian Restaurant in Perth where you can eat as much as you want and pay as much as you want.
    • Always look in the free shelf in the hostel. Sometimes there is really good food inside what people left when they didn’t need it anymore.
  • Activities:

    • It’s always good to have a closer look on the activity you want to do. If, for example, one day might be cheaper than the other, or if you can find any special offers.
    • Also have a look if somewhere else you want to travel you find better prices than where you are right now.

That is everything that comes in my mind when I think about cheap traveling so far. Of course I am not traveling super cheap ALL THE TIME (sometimes you have to treat yourself) but I try to travel as cheap as possible. And I promise you, it’s really not that hard!

Also I am on a Work and Holiday visa here in Australia. That means I am allowed to work during my time here. Also a good thing to „save“ money ( or rather get more money) 🙂

If you want to know more about working in Australia, let me know in the comments! 🙂

You can do anything!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post about cheap traveling.

If you have any other tips and tricks just let me know in the comments! I would love to learn something new. 🙂

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