6 Great ways to travel to that dream city with little money

What is the number one thing that holds people back from traveling?

Money!

The nearly universal answer…

This is something I hear from everyone I talk to. This problem and how to overcome it probably my most asked question. Since this question comes up so often, I like to constantly remind people of this fact:

You do not need to be rich to travel.

Let’s repeat that.

You do not need to be rich to travel.

If you feel that no matter what you do you will never get to travel without having enough money, follow this guide to ultimate travel frugality and see the world on the ultra cheap:

1. Couchsurf – This service connects travelers with locals who are willing to let them stay with them for FREE. Using this site you will never have to pay for accommodation. You will even meet amazing people. Sometimes you get a room, sometimes a couch, sometimes an air mattress, but it’s always free. There are also local Couchsurfing group meet-ups that can help you make friends in your new city. Similar sites include Servas and Hospitality Club.

2. Hitchhike 

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A free way to get around destinations that are relatively safe and quite common in many parts of the world including Central America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Australia and New Zealand.  

3. Free Walking Tours – Want to learn about the city, get your bearings, and see the major sights? Take a free walking tour. You can find them in 90% of the major cities in Europe, and there are also a few in large Asian cities, New York, Australia, and New Zealand.

Some good free tour companies include:

Local tourism information offices will also have a list of free walking tours in that city.

4. Housesit

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Can’t afford your vacation? Watch someone’s house while they go on theirs.  You can sign up for one of the sites below and watch people’s homes for free, allowing you to stay in one destination for a while and get to know it well without having to pay for accommodation. Added bonus: you get a kitchen to cook your food!

Housesitting resources:

 

5. Get rail passes – Booking ahead of time can usually save you about 50% of the cost of a train ticket, but if you don’t want to be tied to a fixed schedule, rail passes can save you a lot of money. People have saved hundreds in Europe and, in Australia, a train pass saves a whopping 70%. If you plan to ride the rails a lot, don’t overlook a rail pass.

6. Get city tourist cards – If you plan on seeing a lot of sights in a city, you should get a city tourism card which offers you discounted and free access to the major attractions and museums, as well as free public transportation. They are an amazing way to save money on attractions that not enough people use. You can purchase these cards online or at the local tourist information city when you get to your destination.

Using all of these tips, you’ll be able to travel for relatively little money.

The key is to get out of the mindset that you must travel using the flight/hotel combination. By using out-of-the-box, non-traditional ways to travel, you can save big and find ways to travel. Stop looking on Expedia or reading Travel+Leisure.

Think outside the box, save big, and turn your dream into a reality!

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