We can’t emphasize enough how travelling is basically in everyone’s bucket list or maybe even someone’s lifelong dreams. However, how to travel when no money is a very big problem? It’s hard to achieve that dream if you have no sorts of financial resources or even the means to earn more for a luxury of travelling. What we are trying to say is, preparing for a travel takes a lot, there’s the money issues, the flight tickets, the food expenses, and not to mention the exponential priced accommodations, which at times didn’t live up to the good reviews. After knowing all of this, you might as well as giving up on travelling.
Well don’t raise the white flag just yet! We, at PolicyStreet is here to help you on how to travel when no money is an issue. In this article, we will show you how to turn something seemingly impossible to become possible to go on a trip to any destinations that you desire starting from preparation before you get on board, what you need to do while you’re travelling and last but not least, what will happen post-travel. Let’s start shall we?
Stock up on Money
People keep making excuses that they need that extra RM5 for something else – something really important. But, do you really need to eat that second bowl of cendol? Or are you just making excuse? Well here’s the deal, if you want to travel, you need to prioritize your needs. Skip all the latest gadgets, the extravagant clothes and dresses, or even the current trend of hipsterized food – milo ais kepal anyone? Start taking the money you were about to spent on impractical things, and start saving it up for your next travel. Travel when no money is no longer an issue now. You’ll thank us later.
Sell Your Stuff
Speaking of priorities, have you ever look around your house and find that you’re basically looking at junks? Well, what if I told you that, that junks can generate money for your travel piggy bank. How? By selling it, of course. You can sell your stuff like books, clothes, shoes, video consoles – you name it – in a choice of online Malaysia-based platforms such as mudah.my, carousell, and others. Make sure they are in good conditions so that it’ll be marketable, and people would be interested to buy, hence, earning you some travel money.
There are abundance of walking tours offered by almost all famous cities all over the world, you just have to google them. Best of all, it is Free of Charge! Yes, we are not lying. There are people who are willing to be your tour guide for free. Actually, this tour is entirely depends on your preference. You can join any group walking tours, or if you’re an adventurer, you can go embark on a journey on foot by your own and you can finally yell out that line “I’m going on an adventure!” to realise your wildest Hobbit dreams.
Bike tours is an alternative to walking tours. Exploring the world’s famous cities, especially Europe, can be draining if you were to take them all on foot. You can opt for a bike tour instead, and again, based on your preference, you can go in groups, or take the city by cycling on your own. Don’t worry if you don’t have a bike, or if you wouldn’t want to bring your bike to your trip (you can though, just saying), you can always go for renting one. Bike rentals shops are available almost everywhere, and if you went on a bike tour with groups, they do provide the options of renting a bicycle with them for as low as 5€ (RM24) per tour.
Hostels are a great way to save some your money as they offer places for a good night sleep at a much much cheaper price, as low as RM20 per night. But, there’s a catch, you’ll be sharing the room with a bunch of other strangers in a dorm-like room, all cooped up in the same room, doesn’t really radiates the word ‘privacy’. Think of the bright side, you’re not booking a place to stay in bed all day – you ought to go out and explore the city. So, having to share the room for night is not bad at all considering you’ll be out all day. Plus, you get to know travellers from all walks of life, and maybe they can share more tips on saving on a trip.
What it implies in the name itself is, you “couch surf”, basically, you went from one city to another city, sleeping on one couch to one couch in a kind host’s house. If you feel uncomfortable sleeping on someone’s couch in their living room, worry not, as some host do provide a spare bedroom for their guest, and you can live as a local with the host for a few days. The aim is to share our cultural differences, so share a bit of our culture with the host such as cooking our local food for them, our language and others to repay for their kindness of sharing their home with us.
Cook Your Food
Travel when no money is made possible when one way to cut cost on your travel is to cook your own food. Groceries are cheaper everywhere, from the fresh produce to the fresh meat. You don’t need to fill up your tummy with fancy dinners in Michelin rated restaurants, or some mentioned-on-TV famous eating hotspot. Those places will only drain your money like the Niagara Falls, and you need the money to survive for your next day of travelling. You’re worried that you don’t have a place to cook? If you follow our previous tips by staying in cheap accommodations as aforementioned, those places also provide a kitchen or at least kitchenette for their guests convenience.
You can also hop from one restaurant to another and ask for meals. That’s it? Of course not, nothing is free in this world. You should in fact, exchange the warm meals for providing some of your hard work for the restaurants for a few hours. You might be surprised at how many restaurant managers are in need of part-timer or maybe a one-time substitute because their full-timer got sick or something. The range of work are diverge, from washing dishes, to rearrange the chairs and tables, to wait tables and others. Try your hands at this job and you’ll be sure to be compensate with some food.
Who doesn’t love food samples? We all love trying out food samples, whenever a promoter is prepping up some food samples of a variants of supermarket products like cheese, sausages, some drinks, and a lot more. And admit it, we went on for a second round just because it’s free food. What we’re saying is, if you feel like having some snacks, you don’t really need to spend your money on those bread or crackers that will only make a hole in your pocket, just heads up to the nearest supermarket and you’ll be sure to be greeted with a colourful of food samples. Travel when no money is easy peasy!
Carpool / Hitch-hike
Hitch-hiking is a common practice in regions like Central America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Drivers in those region are more accepting in allowing foreigners to hitch a ride in their car, and will be a great companion for your long or short road trip. If you prefer a more secure ride, choose apps like BlaBla Car, which the basic concept is to carpool with people who’s going to the same destination as you. However, BlaBla Car is not free of charge as hitchhiking, so make sure you checked up on the best price offered by the drivers.
In Europe, the land where history defines every nation, you have a largest selection of cheap airlines. Just like how Malaysia has AirAsia, they have RyanAir, EasyJet, and a few others. Take the chance to hop from one country to another country in Europe for as low as 10€, that’s only less than RM50. No wonder people can travel from London to Paris, Milan to Madrid, Amsterdam to Berlin, and others so frequently, there are fairly cheap flight tickets. Now you can fly anywhere to your heart’s desire. Travel when no money sounds more plausible now!
Don’t Forget Your Travel Insurance
Well now you’re all set. But, wait! Don’t forget the vital part of travelling – the travel insurance. Travel insurance exist to accommodate us during unforeseen events such as losing your baggage or personal items, delayed flights, accidental deaths or injuries and many more. Travel when no money is only made possible if you spend the right costs on the right things such as insurance. There’s no use in prepping up for a trip without a proper insurance to give you the peace of mind when you travel. Don’t worry about the cost of insurance as our premium price is affordable as low as RM 15 per trip. Check out our website at PolicyStreet for more details.
You did it! Now that wasn’t so bad. All you have to do now is repeat the cycle, so that you can commence your next trip anywhere around the world. This tips works for everyone that desire to take on a trip to anywhere around the world. And until then, we at PolicyStreet wholeheartedly wish you an adventure-filled, insured and safe travel.