If traveling the world is on your bucket list, then you might regularly get travel pangs. Kind of like the stomach ache you get when you’re hungry, travel pangs mean that it’s time to get up and go. The only problem is, you can’t always afford it. (You can’t listen to your inner travel hunger.) Traveling can lend meaning and adventure to your life, and many people find vacations to be the most rewarding money they ever spend. But when life is so expensive, how can we find money to travel?
Thankfully, there’s more than one way to see the world, and one of the following four ideas might be just what you’re looking for. If you think outside the box, you could be seeing the world in no time, and enjoying the rewards of new experiences.
Go on Regular Vacations
This one requires the least amount of life changes. While you still need money for this one, you can find ways to seriously save your cash–and still get from here to there. Flying to New York? Check out the airport transportation services in Newark, NJ. Need a place to stay? Don’t rent a hotel; stay in a hostel or an Airbnb. If you need to save more of your paycheck, cut down on extra expenses and find ways to spend less during the week. Pack a lunch all year, and you can probably afford to take two or three trips, depending on where you go.
Live in a Tiny House
Instead of being tied down to one spot, you could literally live anywhere in the country: if your house is on wheels. A house you can hitch to a truck is one that allows absolute freedom, so if you want to see your entire country, go tiny. The average tiny house can be built for under $25,000, if you do it yourself. Plus, you can make it be whatever you want, with gorgeous windows you bought in Randolph, NJ, or a bedroom loft that looks out at the stars.
Travel for Work
Not every job keeps you tied down. If you want to tour the world, consider aiming for a career that will take you there. You can work as an athletic recruiter, an au pair, a cruise line worker, a pilot, or an ESL teacher. Each one of these jobs will take you far–sometimes to the opposite side of the world. If adventure is your cup of tea, you could pick a career that ensures it.
You won’t be staying in a snazzy hotel, but your experience will be at least as meaningful. You can spend a few weeks, a few months, or even a few years working with overseas organizations, such as the Peace Corps or GVIi. You won’t get paid for your work, but it’s a chance to make an impact and see the world. Volunteering might be the perfect way to get out, get traveling, and have real adventures. There’s nothing glamorous about working in a third world country, and that kind of real experience might be just what you’re looking for.