As many of you may know if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, I recently got back from Tokyo. Last month, I visited London, and the month before that, it was New York. Last year I spent a while in Europe, and the year before that, I lived in Peru.
Traveling around the world so often at such a young age has been a blessing and I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.
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So let's get started with a secret that many of you might not know, starting with #1 below.
1. Family and friend tickets from the airline employee
I have a family member that works for the airline, and I can't say too much about this, but just know that my flights are ridiculously cheap.
If you work for an airline, free flights are usually one of the many benefits you'll receive. You can work as a flight attendant, pilot (LOTS of schooling!), front desk agent, and tons more.
2. Blogging full-time allows me to work wherever, whenever
Not only do I get a flexible schedule, but I can also ask hostels and hotels for a free stay in exchange for a review (if I am pleased with my stay).
I'm always 100% honest with you guys and would not recommend a place that I wasn't 100% sure about. Blogging leads to hundreds and hundreds of benefits, seriously.
3. Stay in hostels or Airbnb's
Hostels usually range from $5-$30 per night depending on the city. Depending on the city, Airbnb can be even cheaper than hostels. I paid $40 a night for 2 people for an entire apartment in downtown Tokyo.
4. Non-U.S. airlines are significantly cheaper
I flew around Europe for around $30 a flight. Some flights go as low as $10. Non-U.S. airlines are almost always cheaper than U.S. airlines.
5. Use Workaway, teach English abroad or au pair
Workaway is a website that allows you to register as a volunteer and pick a destination of your liking. You then choose a program that you're interested in, whether it be working at a hostel, farm, sanctuary, or help a family learn English. In exchange, you'll usually get free accommodations, free food, the internet, and more.
I stayed at a Workaway farm in Perugia, Italy and met people from all over the world. We all shared a night in Perugia that I'll never forget. I still get goosebumps just thinking about it.
Teaching English Abroad is another great way to make money and immerse yourself in another culture. You usually get free accommodation, cell phone, and more. I actually have a TEFL certificate, so I'm currently able to teach English anywhere in the world but haven't used it yet. I will one day!
Au pairing was an experience I'll never forget. I was able to live in Bologna, Italy at no cost and even got a small stipend, phone, and more. Immersing myself in a culture was important, as I wanted to see Italy as a true Italian. You can learn how to become an au pair here.
Groupon can be used almost anywhere in the world and the deals are insanely good. If you have a travel companion, flights and excursions are VERY cheap. There's a cruise on Groupon right now that goes to the Bahamas for only $199 for 2 people, for 2 nights.
Groupon always has travel deals, so make sure you head over to the travel section before you book your next trip.
7. Take overnight trains
Overnight trains are usually much cheaper AND you don't have to pay for accommodations.
This is a little secret many people don't know that can actually save you a ton of money if you're backpacking throughout a continent.
8. Go on free excursions
Anytime I visit a city I look up a list of free things to do before diving in into the costly excursions.
While I was in Tokyo, I found this app called GPSmycity, and it basically gives you guided walking tours of almost every major city in the world. The app also gives you facts about the certain spot you're visiting, while also making sure you're going on the walking tour in the most convenient fashion.
9. If you don't have a family member or friend working for an airline, read here:
- reward credit cards are worth it if you're financially responsible. This is the fastest way to acquire miles
- fly the same airline when you can and use the loyalty programs
- being flexible on departure times pays off
- sign up for frequent flyer programs
- travel light, checking bags usually costs a good chunk of change
- layovers usually make the flight cheaper, plus you get the possibility of seeing another city if the layover is long enough
10. If you get bumped to a new flight, ask for a check.
The airline is required to either give you a voucher or check. The check is ALWAYS better because who knows when your next trip will be, and it can be turned into cash.
Travel resources I recommend:
Traveling so much at such a young age has been such a blessing. I'm incredibly thankful for everyone I've met who have become family, and all the delicious food I've eaten, (I couldn't possibly leave that out).
Have you used any of these tips when traveling? What are some other tips you recommend?
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