I want to travel the world, where do I start?

The most important thing to have is a well-organized backpack, with the things you’ll need on your long travels, let’s see what you should bring:

Backpacking on a Budget

Backpacking through places like Europe and Asia is practically a rite of passage for many people and it is a once in a lifetime experience filled with adventure and self discovery. It is a way for people young or old to really experience the world and live it like few can, traveling around and getting to know exotic locales that most will only be able to dream of. That said, a backpacking trip to other countries can get expensive very quickly so adhering to a few money-saving backpacking tips can make your trip overseas something that is possible no matter what your budget is.

1. Forgo Hotels and Stay in Hostels

One of the biggest money savers for backpacking is choosing to stay in hostels rather than a hotel. The cost of a hotel can add up quickly with a backpacking trip that goes on for weeks or even months and by staying at a hostel that cost can be cut by half if not more. Many people believe that hostels are just for the young, but more and more seasoned adults are choosing this inexpensive method of backpacking accommodation during their trip, so this is one tip that is a must for anyone who is looking to save money during their backpacking trip.

2. Visit Local Markets for Food and Prepare Yourself

Eating at restaurants three times a day for weeks on end can drain your budget very quickly, leaving you without money for souvenirs, adventurous activities and so forth. This big money saver can help you save by buying and preparing your own food through locals markets. This will also help you to get a little taste for the regional cuisine and allow you to experience the locale like a true local.

3. Travel by Foot

You can save a lot of money on your backpacking experience by travelling from destination to destination on foot. Not only will you be saving money on train or bus fare, but you’ll also be seeing the wonderful small towns and cities filled with history and culture that you might have bypassed on your way to more popular destinations.

4. Plan an Itinerary (But Give it a Little Flexibility)

One way to save money is to plan ahead. Find out where you want to go and then plan where you will be staying, what you’ll be doing, where you can get food, etc. This will help you to stick to your budget and make the money stretch farther. Of course, every trip is going to have a little bit of “off the cuff” fun, so make sure to leave some flexibility in your itinerary and in your budget for spur of the moment detours, activities or unexpected expenses.

5. Invest in Travel Insurance

Nobody wants to think about it, but things happen and when they do you want to be able to have a safety net in place to help you recover. By purchasing travel insurance you can ensure your money, possessions, liability if your actions cause damage or injury to property or people and have travel insurance with a medical payout in place if you are injured or become sick while backpacking overseas.

After taking care of all the items you’ll be bringing, it is time to think about the budget you’ll need, most importantly, where you’ll be sleeping at night.

3 Ways to Travel the World Without Paying for Accommodation

couchsurfing This is a guest post from a reader who has some great suggestions on how to travel the world while using free accommodation.

Travelling is a wonderful way to see the world, jumping from country to country as you experience other cultures, sample different ethnic cuisines and really just get to know yourself as well as the world around you. But, the accommodations portion of travelling can be expensive and if you choose to travel for a longer period of time than just a short one or two-week vacation, it can be even more expensive. So how do you cut down the expense of having a place to lay your head at night while still travelling the world?

There are a number of options available depending on what you are willing to do in exchange for free housing and where you are going. Below you’ll find the three biggest ways to travel the world without paying for accommodation.

Couchsurfing

There are several Couchsurfing networks all over the world that have organized together with a way for people who are travelling to connect with people who are willing to let others stay on their couches or in their spare bedrooms for absolutely free. You might wonder why people are willing to do it for free and the simple answer is that it isn’t just about giving you a place to lay your head at night; it is about meeting new people and exploring new adventurous opportunities that you can bring to them as a couchsurfer. The biggest networks found online for finding free Couchsurfing accommodations are the CouchSurfing network, Servas and Global Freeloaders.

House Sitting

For those who are willing to take care of someone’s home while they are travelling, house sitting just might be the way to travel and still keep expenses low. There usually is a bit of a process to being approved for a house sitting opportunity so it isn’t an option that can be chosen in the spur of the moment, but for those who are willing to plan ahead, house sitting offers free travelling accommodations that can take you all over the world. There are a number of house sitting networks such as House Carers, Mind My House and Trusted Housesitters.

Work/Accommodation Exchange

For some people travelling isn’t just about seeing the sights, but about finding out about new cultures, staying with interesting people and living a life completely different than their own. If you are one of those people, a work/accommodation exchange just might be exactly what you are looking for. In a work/accommodation exchange program you can travel the world and work at interesting places like organic farms, sea fairing boat/cruises, bed & breakfasts, hunting lodges and more. To find out more about what is available and where, check HelpX, WorkAway, Organic Volunteers and WWOOF.