How to Make Use of Your Passport Without Breaking the Bank


There’s nothing more disheartening to a travel lover than an empty passport. Traveling the world gives you adventure, new experiences, and allows you to see incredible things. If you’ve been struggling to travel to other countries because of financial restrictions, these are a few things you can try to still make time for what you love.

Plan a Budget Trip

This type of travel isn’t quite as luxurious as some other vacation ideas, but it is easy on a budget. One way to lessen the cost of a trip is to stay in a hostel instead of a hotel. Hostels are much cheaper than hotel rooms. Because of the smaller accommodations, hostels can cost as little as $10 a night. Another great option is to cook your own meals instead of going out to eat. Buy simple things like yogurt and fruit for breakfast, or sandwich meat and bread for lunch. This option does require having a working kitchen, or at least a refrigerator, so it depends on your accommodation.

Stay Close to Home

It might not be as exotic as some other destinations, but the neighboring countries are a great option for a cheap vacation. You can usually travel to Canada with a rental car. Canada has a lot of variety and different things to see, despite its proximity. Many of the most popular Canadian travel sites are beautiful parts of nature. These areas cost little to no money to visit, so that helps with your budgeting. However, there are also a lot of great big cities in Canada for you to see and explore.

Get a Job

If you want to travel to a country that is a little further than Canada, one great option is to get a job in that country. If you work remotely, you’re already set. However, you can sign up to be an au pair in many countries, and the responsibilities are relatively simple. Most of the time, the children are in school during the day, and you can travel on the weekends. Your housing is also often free through these means. Another great option is to house sit for people in other countries. Volunteer to watch over their home and possessions while they’re away. This is a good way to see a lot of new places, because you’ll have to switch areas a lot.

Traveling to other countries is the best way to experience other cultures and broaden your horizons. However, travel can zap your bank account quickly. If you’re aching to travel, but don’t have a big budget, these are a few of the ways you can get the best of both worlds.

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