7 Unconventional Ways To Save Money While Traveling
Whether you want to study abroad, visit a new state or go a few hours from home, traveling is costly. All the money you saved up from tedious hours of work, can be blown through within minutes when not aware of how to finance your travels properly. In order to allow for a sweet vacation or traveling experience — follow these unusual, unique, unconventional and unheard of ways to save money while traveling. Bon Voyage!
1. Sponsored Travel
Have a company sponsor you as you travel. Many companies are desperate for more traffic, a larger audience and for publicity and as you travel, you become an asset in advertising. Take pictures with their logo in famous places, make a travel video for them, blog about your travels on their site, etc. Make them feel like you’re doing them a favor while also asking for a good chunk of change!
2. Credit Cards
Plan ahead by racking up points on your credit card. The amount of travel opportunities that credit cards offer are endless — many people travel the world and back for free by using points! Look into cards that will work for you, build your credit and enjoy the benefits of points. You’ll be able to use them for transportation, hotels, food, excursions and fun. What could be better?
3. Nature’s Pantry
While traveling, become a local and get your food from nature’s pantry. Fruit and vegetables can be picked naturally — which can be free and enjoyable. Hunting is also a great money saving option for those who choose to do so. If you don’t feel inclined to get your own food, look for locals who did the work for you, their food will be fresh and inexpensive.
4. Find the Steals
5. An Eye for an Eye
6. Lend It
Lend your place to your friends or family while you’re gone and just ask that they pay the bills. Or if you’re up to it, rent it out to strangers and make them pay a weekly or monthly amount. This way you’ll save money on bills and make extra cash for traveling purposes. It’s a win-win.
7. Swap It
Instead of lending your home or apartment, switch with someone else! Swap your place with someone else in your destination. You both won’t have to pay for hotels, the family whose house you’re staying at will be watching your place, you’ll have an actual cultured “home,” no money is involved other than house bills (which you’d be paying anyway) and it’s totally fun. There are websites that offer house swaps and they can help you coordinate one. So what are you waiting for?
Don’t let money stop you from traveling. The world is out there for you to explore, go see it, save a ton of money and have the time of your life.
[Image credit: marin.tomic on Flickr]
Catherine B is a UCLA student, and blogs at getrichincollege.com.