One of the most popular times of year for travel and vacation is between November and February. For some, traveling is part of their everyday life. Maybe they travel for business, or it is required because of family, either way it may not seem like a luxury for some people but for others having the opportunity to travel is a dream come true. If you are like me, your bank account limits the things that you can do, so getting to visit some place new or spending a week in a foreign country sounds like it might be impossible unless I work two jobs for a year to save up for it. Or at least that is what I thought until I really learned how to travel on a budget. There are a few things you can do to get you where you want to go and still have some money to spend once you get there. If you dream of travel but feel stuck because of your financial situation, keep reading.
Be Flexible with Your Travel Dates
One of the best ways to guarantee that you are getting the cheapest airfare possible is allowing yourself to be flexible with your travel dates. If you really want to go to Bally’s Atlantic City, and you can pick a week that you would like to leave and look for airfare around that date, you usually have the option of being flexible with your search. Choose to see the cost of airfare for the dates surrounding your ideal date and pick the one with the lowest number.
Stay with Friend or Family
There are a few ways to score free accommodation but you often have to be fairly comfortable in an environment with complete strangers or have a little bit of responsibility attached to it. However, if you think about who you know in other parts of the country, or even other countries, you can probably find someone to let you stay with them for free. Always be as helpful as you can when staying in someone else’s home and you will likely be invited back.
If you have never heard of couch surfing, I suggest you look it up. The concept of couch surfing is based around crashing on someone’s couch for free. There was a website and service based mobile application developed around it and it has now become an international network. There are people who post about hosting someone if they have an available couch, or sometimes even a room.
Become a Housesitter
When I was first traveling and living in Mexico, I happened upon a five-week housesitting gig that allowed me to live for free, and even paid me a small fee, in exchange for taking care of two dogs and a few household responsibilities. There are internet based services and groups that you can join if you are interested in going this route.
Go with What Is Cheap
If all else fails and you have the freedom to be truly flexible than do a little research and figure out what the cheapest flight hotel combination is and book it. You will have an experience entirely serendipitously while enjoying a great vacation.