You may have read our post about how we’re managing to save $2o ooo in 10 months for our trip around the world. But what about while on the road? The money we’re saving may sound like a lot but as we start traveling, we may quickly realize that it is not enough to roam around the world comfortably.
Well, fret not, as we’ve thought it all through – of course we did! Here are 5 ways we are cutting costs while traveling.
Simply put, we’re avoiding hostel costs as much as possible. How? Through workstays. We have chosen to sign up for a work exchange program and so far, we have plans arranged in France, Spain, Portugal and Turkey. We’ll be volunteering at various spots (bed and breakfast, eco-hostels, yoga resort) in exchange for room and board. Not only is this a great way save money, we’ll have the chance to stay put for longer in more rural communities and having great cultural exchanges.
2. Groupon (daily deal websites)
Are you a subscriber to Groupon, or any of those daily deal websites? While home, I find the deals to be a little absurd, funny but fantastic too. Where else could I buy a $20 haircut and $15 kayak lesson online? It may seem like impulse shopping but while abroad, it’s a smart way to save cash. Simply sign up for a local daily deal site! I’ve already signed up for Groupon France and am loving the deals on hotels, restaurants, salons and tours, almost all 60% off and more. There is also Groupon Getaway which offers exclusive deals on package trips and hotels.
3. Vaccines abroad
This may be our most controversial decision to date. But hear us out. After paying $110 for a doctor to sit down with us and tell us which vaccines and pills we should get (info that I already knew whilst reading online, FOR FREE) we realized how expensive our shots and medication would be. We’re talking a total of $1200 for the two of us. After talking to a couple of people that have traveled to Thailand, they’ve made us realize that you can get the same shots in Bangkok for WAY cheaper. Like, 90% cheaper. So, we’re sorry doctor, we won’t be buying your extensive list of medication. Especially not your diarrhea pill which we can get instead get for $10 over the counter.
4. International Driver’s License
Though it’s Matt who does all of the driving (yes, I have no license yet) this is key for rad adventures. There is no problem in taking the bus here and there but there are some countries that are just screaming roadtrip! For instance, it’s possible to rent a car with Sixt, get some snacks, some good music and go the distance. One of my dreams is to do a roadtrip through Spain and Portugal. Bringing some camping gear can also save some money and traveling on your own time is ideal!
4. Staying with friends and family
Aaah, never did family reunification sound so fantastic! Do you have a cousin living in Japan? Do you have an old university friend hanging out in Italy? CALL THEM! There is no better time to have a couch in a strange city and that’s exactly what we’re doing. I (Caro) happen to have 1 cousin in Spain and another in France (whom I never met!) and we’ll be staying with them since they so generously offered to host us. This is a great way to discover a city with someone living there and meeting their friends and way of life!
5. Take it slow
We may call it a trip around the world but we definitely know that on our upcoming trip we won’t be seeing it all. We decided to take it as slow as we possibly could rather than becoming ”checklist travelers” looking to get as many stamps as possible. Embracing this decision will mean stays in apartment rentals where we can cook our own food or taking overland transportation is the time and price is worth it. This gives us the chance to get to know the places we visit better and hopefully get a better sense of a country’s culture and way of life.