How to Take Longer Holidays More Often!
In 2018 work is life for most people. But is that the right way to live your life? Oftentimes people devote their life to work and forget that outside of the office is a world worth travelling.
But we need money to travel, don’t we? And money comes from working hard. The idea of taking a trip around the world might seem like an impossible dream, especially when you have a limited number of days you can take away from the office of your employer.
Although it may take some planning, you can absolutely travel on a budget and enjoy your holiday. There are more practical ways to do this than ever before. You might have to live with fewer belongings and skip fancy restaurants, but if your goal is to see the world, you can succeed in this adventure.
- Credit Cards
Take advantage of your credit card rewards. The rewards you build up when making monthly payments like your rent (this can add up if you live an expensive United States apartment in Chicago or fancy home in New York City.
Each month you’ll make a ton of payments. And with each payment, you’ll receive reward points on your credit card. Make sure you know what rewards you’re getting and how you can best utilize those points when you travel. Sometimes you’ll earn free hotel stays and free flights just by making day-to-day purchases. But before you leave your country to travel abroad, let your bank know, so your future transactions aren’t seen as fraudulent.
- Pack Light
What do you actually need when you travel? If you’re trying to save money, then consider getting a smaller bag you can carry on to the plane. If you check a bag, you’ll pay the price. The cost for checking a bag on some airlines might be cheap, but if you’re planning to hop on 10 flights during the span of your travel, that cost will add up.
Focus on what climates you’ll be in during your travels and pack accordingly. You won’t need much, but you’ll need the essentials.
- Skip the Hotel
Fancy hotels are amazing. You’ll get room service meals, a plethora of hotels, and alcohol might even be free at some luxury hotels. But if you’re traveling alone or in a small group, try to find the nearest hostel. A hostel isn’t just for students. Hostels often offer amenities such as free Internet and sometimes even free food. So, if you’re traveling light and you’re alone, look into this as an option.
- What about Work?
So, you can’t get time off of work to explore the world? Well, it might be time to think about a work exchange program. Work exchange programs allow visitors to local areas to work a few hours at nearby businesses. And in return for a few hours of work, the business might offer food or sleeping accommodations.
Do some research ahead of time and find a job that looks like it might be somewhat interesting. You can likely work your way around a certain country by doing exchange programs.
Overall, travelling on a small budget is tricky, but not impossible. You’ll still be able to enjoy friends, food and experiences from other cultures, and you’ll likely do these things in a more authentic way when traveling on a lower budget. Take the chance. You never know what you might see out there.