Life Hacks: 5 Ways to Travel the World on a Shoe String Budget

"I want to travel more" – the answer that’s at the top of most everyone’s bucket list. There’s only one problem, seeing the world doesn’t come cheap – or does it?

 Travel The World on a Shoe String Budget

You’d be wrong for assuming that there isn’t a way to travel on a shoe string budget. With a little forethought and creative budgeting, anyone can hop on a plane and visit some of the most exotic, interesting and historic places in this great big wonderful world of ours.

So, whether you’ve just finished you’re A Level’s and are pining to see the world, or have decided to give up the rat race and don’t have tens of thousands set aside for that global jaunt, here are 5 ways to travel the world on a shoe string budget. And to give you some motivation take a look at this relaxing beach background video filmed in 4K on a paradise beach in one of the cheapest regions to visit in the world: Southeast Asia.

Travel The World on a Shoe String Budget

Work Remotely

Today there are more opportunities for remote working than ever before. Why? The digital revolution of the last two decades has made it possible for people to communicate anywhere in the world instantly.

These ‘location-independent’ workers need only need a laptop or tablet and an internet connection to work. From working in a consultative or freelance capacity to online roles, how people work is evolving. Remote working means that you don’t have to save thousands and thousands before heading out and seeing the world – you can see the world as you work!

Crowdfund Your Trip

For anyone that doesn’t know, crowdfunding is basically where you raise money, donated by other people to pay for something that you really want. All you need to do is create and account and profile online and post why you should receive donations.

The platform exists to help people to achieve their goals in life – no matter what they are! The key to crowdfunding is writing a compelling reason why you should receive any donations. Crowdfunding is used for a wealth of different reasons. From bringing an innovative product to the market or raising money to pay for legal or medical expenses, the reasons are as diverse as those people that pledge to donate.

Remember the more they ‘get’ you, the greater your chances are of hopping on a plane. Be creative, honest and persuasive and you’ll attract attention in no time!

Rent Your Home Through Airbnb

If you intend on travelling for months or even years, Airbnb is a great option. Great for helping you to find sweet vacation accommodation and funding your travel, the website allows you to list your property for rental whist you’re travelling.

Why is this so good? Renting your home whilst you’re off seeing the world is perfect for shoe string budget travel as the rental income you receive can be used to fund your jaunt around the world.

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If you stay in places like Thailand, for instance, accommodation costs are typically cheaper there than in the UK. This means that you’ll have even more money in your pocket – maybe even enough to save money!

Use Your Skills and Powers of Persuasion

If you’re a talented photographer, social media guru or writer and have the gift of the gab, you may well be able to stay at a hostel for free by offering free marketing services for their business.

Now, if we’re honest some businesses may not go for this – but some just might, and you never know if you don’t ask. Not only could you stay for free but great copy, publicity or vivid HD photographs may just help their business attract more guests, a winner for everyone involved!

Build or Teach Whilst You’re Travelling

Have you ever heard of voluntourism? It’s very popular in the travelling community. It’s basically when you agree to stay in different worldwide locations and teach English as a second language, work for various charities, or build houses for schools and communities in exchange for room and board.

There is a wealth of websites that provide opportunities for anyone to visit some of the remotest or attractive parts of the world. We advise that anyone who feels that this is just the shoe string budget travel opportunity for them to do their homework and research the different companies and organisations that offer such opportunities.

Travel the World on a Shoe String Budget

As you can see there are different ways that anyone to decide how to travel the world on a shoe string budget. These are just five. If you’re encouraged by these opportunities, do some research online and you just find yourself touching down quicker than you could have ever dreamed!

The video below is a sand bank on a beach in the Philippines, one of the best places in the world to travel if you have a shoe string budget. In fact The Lonely Planet's Shoe String Budget is one of the best books you can buy. I have been buying it for 20+ years.

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