I don’t know about you, fellow twenty-somethings, but I feel like the importance of traveling is being pushed down our throats to the point where you almost feel bad for not taking the plunge. I understand the urgency to see the world, but not everyone can afford to be a jet-setter. Like many of you, I’m sure, traveling just isn’t in my budget right now, but I’ve learned not to feel bad. There are many ways to experience the world and have those adventures everyone else is having, but at a significantly lower cost or even for free!
Explore your own area – I love the game of driving two hours in any direction of your city or town and see where it gets you; if you have a free day or weekend, don’t be afraid to get lost. Sometimes, the biggest adventures are right in your backyard. So explore that canyon or that river valley. Maybe there’s a mountain to hike or lake to swim in only a few hours away; you never know what you might find!
Become an Au Pair – An Au Pair (which translates to “an extra pair of hands”) is not only a great job to have, but you also get to travel and live in a foreign country. You can learn a new language, experience the culture, and explore the country at the same time. Most of the time when you become an Au Pair, they will give you accommodations as well as food and pocket money. Every situation is different, but it is definitely worth it if you find a great family.
Teach English Abroad – I have known people who have gone to foreign countries to teach English as a second language. Again, this is a great way to explore a new country and travel at the same time. Most times, the school or company will pay for your living expenses in addition to a salary.
Find the deals or coupons – There are discounts and coupons for almost everything these days. So find one for a hot air balloon ride in your city, go mountain climbing with a group from your local rock-climbing club, or buy a plane ticket with a program like Priceline’s Name Your Own Price. You’d be surprised what you can find when you take a second to look.
Traveling is important, but it does not fit in everyone’s budget. Remember that you don’t have to travel across the world to discover something new and go on an adventure of a lifetime. So what are you waiting for? The world is your storybook; don’t be afraid to write the next chapter.
What tips do you have for cheap travel? Share them in the comments section below!