SOUNDS impossible right?
Maybe not…so, how many times have you been told a world tour is too pricey to afford? Forget about it and let others stay at home and dream of travel.
Traveling the world is a question of priorities not money. If you want to live a challenge and wake up each day in a new place, make your decision and go.
So pack your suitcase or backpack and follow these tips of keeping to a budget of $15 a day:
1. Travel light
If you are not going on expedition to a mountainous peak, there is no reason to pack a lot of stuff. All you need are some clothes, camera, laptop and a sleeping bag. Travelers usually make the mistake wasting money on costly equipment before a trip. They run the risk of losing or breaking it and a lack of money by the end of the tour.
2. Bring a laptop
Backpacking around the world means, that on occassion, you may get stuck somewhere. If you have a laptop, you can keep in touch with your friends, relatives and upload some photos to social media networks. Wi-Fi is provided almost everywhere and the service is often offered for free.
3. Unlock a mobile phone
The price of international roaming prompts many travelers to leave their mobile phones at home. But there is a solution available. By unlocking a mobile you can use local service providers and get cheap rates wherever you are. The easiest way to unlock is to buy a pre-unlocked phone, otherwise you can ask a wireless carrier to provide you codes and instructions for unlocking it.
4. Take a debit card
While you are traveling, you can use credit cards that charge a fortune in commission. Your best bet is to organize a bank account because banks charge smaller fees for taking money in cash machines. You should also have some cash in your pocket if an emergency occurs.
5. Get yourself travel insurance
If you are not insured, it will cost you a fortune to get sick abroad. It’s better to go to the popular website MoneySavingExpert.com and check the cheapest deals on-line before your trip. You can easily get 12-month insurance worldwide excluding USA for about $80 or less.
6. Overland it
Flying is always more pricey than overland transport. It means you can save money by traveling by train or bus if possible. Above all, there is an extra advantage allowing you to save money on an overnight stay while sleeping in a bus. Alternatively, you can hitchhike and it will cost you almost nothing. Meanwhile, if you do decide to hire a car then choose the smallest and the cheapest one.
7. Sneak in
It’s a bit naughty, but it works. For example, India’s Taj Mahal is open for free on Fridays for Muslims. It’s easy to dress up and enjoy the white marble mausoleum for free for any creative traveler.
8. No souvenirs
Is it really so necessary to stick a magnet on your refrigerator right after come back? If you refrain from buying souvenirs in each country you visit, it will save you good money. The best souvenirs you can take home are memories and photos.
9. Eating street food helps
If you are on a short budget than make the decision not to eat in expensive restaurants. There are should be some cheap pubs and cafes on your way to have a snack at. If you are really hungry, visit a fast food place. Don’t be too proud to start eating street foods, for example, the cheapest place to eat in Norway is the subway.
10. Couch surfing
This is the worst kept secret of backpacking. CouchSurfing.com is an on-line community of over two million backpackers across the world. They will be happy to host you for free in exchange for you offering them the same favor when they visit your country.
This is an interview with the world- famous traveler Graham Hughes who has almost completed his promise to visit all countries of the world within a year. Here he shares his experiences: