If your dream is to travel the world and experience everything that it has to offer (like it is mine), you need to somehow find the money to make that happen. It’s something that many people struggle with, but there are ways to find the money for your travel adventure, even if you don’t have lots of money at your disposal right now. I am going to look at some of the best ways to fund your travel plans, so read on to find out more.
As simple as it sounds… This works mostly for those people who love to plan ahead. As I have said before- traveling is not as expensive as you might think. I have told you many times before how surprisingly cheap my travels have been. But there are those travel destinations you should save up for. Like if you want to go on a road trip around Europe exploring the best food it has to offer. Saving up your money for months before you head off traveling could be the best solution. If you’re in a position to be able to save some money at the end of the month, it’s definitely worth making this happen. You’ll feel so much better knowing that you paid for this trip with your own hard work and effort.
If you are not able to set aside any amount of money, you can just focus on making those extra bucks each month. What are your talents and hobbies? Maybe you could play your guitar on the street for one day a month? Or maybe you love handicrafts and you could sell a little something each month? Each and every one of us has some little talent in us. So think of it and make some extra money. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but you know- all the little things add up. And after a while, it is time to put your travel shoes on and explore a new destination.
Work While You Travel
There are lots of trips that can involve working while you travel. For example, in many countries, they look for people who can help out with jobs around the country on an informal basis. This could be picking fruit or teaching English as a foreign Language. Whatever it is you choose to do, make sure it pays you well enough. A lot of my friends have tried this and all of them admit that it has been a life changing experience. Some have tried picking olives in Italy, some have worked in the mountains of Scotland helping out at a recording studio. Whatever it is, you won’t come home without a great story to tell. Each experience will lead you to a better version of yourself if you let it. By the way, my favorite website for this is Global Work & Travel.
Find a Remote Job
Well, this seems like a magical pretend land with unicorns and rainbows for some. For others, it is a reality. If you google “freelance jobs” or “remote job” it could work like a reality check for you. This is getting more and more popular. The truth is that companies and businesses always need professional employees. Your task is to become an expert in whatever niche you have chosen. Invest your time, money and studies in this field and finding a freelance job won’t be a problem in this century.
This is one of my top 3 ways to travel. I have participated in several volunteering projects and youth exchange projects and never have I ever been disappointed by doing so. Yes, it is volunteering which means you won’t get paid, but lots of projects cover your travel costs and living expenses (they host you and provide with food). Sometimes on top of all this, you even get a pocket money. And the experience has been priceless. Volunteering has given me the chance to travel to many different countries and to seriously expand my horizons and professional skills. I have painted a church, been a lecturer, team leader, teacher, photographer, blogger, musician and youth worker. Volunteering basically is a chance for you to ‘try out’ different professions and it gives you an understanding of what you want to become ‘when you grow up’.
If you have a lot of old things that you don’t really want or need anymore, you could sell them up in order to pay for all of your travel plans. Makes sense, doesn’t it? This is a simple case of making your assets work for you. When you no longer have a use for something, it makes sense to make some money from it and use it towards something that you really do enjoy, such as traveling around the world. And once you start to sell your stuff you get to experience this liberating feeling you can only get when you understand that stuff has no longer the power over you (if it used to have). Let’s put it in math.
less things = more money = more traveling
things < experiences
Invest Before and During Your Travels
Many people become amateur investors when they’re looking for ways to travel while staying financially balanced. It’s something that’s worth looking into because the stock markets can be played if you know what you’re doing. You should invest before you travel, and you can keep it up during your travels too if you want.
To be honest, I know nothing about investing and stock markets, but what I do know is that there are plenty of people making a lot of money out of it. And if there are many people who do it, you can be sure that it can be done.
When you feel like giving up, just remember that there are still the flights that need to be paid for. So make sure that you find a way to pay for all of this in advance.
Take Out a Loan
I wouldn’t normally be the one to suggest this, but you must admit that it is an option. You might have taken out a loan to pay for your car, phone, house, but you might have forgotten that the experience you get from traveling might be lasting much longer than any of the things you own. If you really want to travel and you have no other way of getting the money for it, you could always at least think about taking out a loan. As long as you have a plan for how to repay the money later on and you’re sure that this is the right move for you, it could work out well. Search for quick loans near me and see what comes back. Compare the options and find the loan arrangement that works best for you.
These were 7 ways to fund your travel plans. I am sure there are a lot more, but this should be enough to get you started. So whenever somebody asks you why you don’t travel more often if you love it so much, think of this article, smile and answer that you will, very soon.
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