Travelling is fun, liberating, eye-opening and life changing. It is also expensive. Unless you have tirelessly saved up for years, or are fortunate enough to be well off/have a high-paid job, most people who want to travel long-term have to find ways of making money and cutting costs along the way. Here are some ways of doing this…
Working Holiday Visas
If you are aged between 18 and 30, getting a working holiday visa is a great way to travel and earn money at the same time. I got one while backpacking in Australia. It allows you to work for six-month periods at a time over a year.
Travel companies can easily sort out the visas for you and then it is just a case of applying for your tax code when you arrive, which can be done online and takes a couple of weeks to come through. You also need to set up an Australian bank account which, again, is really easy to do on arrival.
If you want to stay longer in Oz, there is also the option of completing three months of agricultural work during this first year in order to qualify to stay for a second year.
Australia, New Zealand and Canada are some of the countries where obtaining a working holiday visa is an easy and convenient option.
Surprisingly, this has nothing to do with dogs! WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms. This is an increasingly popular option for those wanting to learn some new skills, experience different cultures and, basically, just help out while not having to worry about incurring huge living costs.
Organic farms across the world invite people to come and stay with them for free, in return for a few hours work each day. Some hosts even provide meals. To find out about the WWOOF organisations in different countries.
It is unbelievable how many volunteering projects out there seem to cost more than luxury jaunts to some five-star resort. But there are many options for volunteering that allow you to give your time for free while having some or all of your living costs covered. If you are aged 18 to 30 and live within the European Union, the European Voluntary Service sponsors volunteers on a variety of projects – from working with young people to conservation projects. Accommodation costs and expenses are covered.
There are some great conservation projects for Turtles in Greece such as the Katelios Group in Kefalonia and ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece.
Before I knew otherwise, I had always assumed that in order to teach English in another country you would need to speak the native language as well. But schools in countries such as China and Japan take on native English speakers to assist in language classes – and you don’t need to speak Mandarin or Japanese.
No teaching experience is necessary either, but being educated to degree level seems to be a compulsory condition. There are courses you can take which are specifically catered for teaching abroad, such as TEFL. Another option is Japan’s JET Programme, which recruits graduates every year to take on assistant roles in schools across the country.
Dining out can be really expensive. While it is great to experience local culinary delights, if you’re on a tight budget and need your money to stretch out for as long as possible, eating out every night is usually unaffordable.
Fortunately, many hostels come equipped with kitchen facilities, allowing travellers to cook their own meals. Costs are cut even further if you can get a group together to chip in with the shopping and take turns to cook.
Obviously, it is more affordable to eat out in South East Asia countries such as Thailand, where meals are ridiculously cheap. But, again, there are always cheaper options than eating out in restaurants, wherever you are in the world.