The single biggest worry when embarking on a trip in any country: money and staying on budget. Being broke at home is bad enough, let alone in another country. And no one wants to make the call home for extra cash.
Spending less means travelling longer and these travel hack websites are here to help you do exactly that. Budget backpacker brain in full effect!
For countries where you can’t obtain a working permit or holiday visa work trade options are a saving grace. You’re essentially ‘trading’ a few hours of work a day or week in exchange for free accommodation. Jobs range from cooking to cleaning or maintenance and even teaching English. With hosts available worldwide the options are (nearly) limitless.
Create a profile: include a short description, outline skills and list countries you intend on visiting and wait to be contacted. You can also browse through hosts and contact them directly based on the area or job requirements.
Membership fee is required at $29 USD a year for a single account and $38 USD yearly for couple or friend accounts. Once paid you have unlimited access to every host in any available country.
WwoofInternational.org World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms (WWOOFING)
This site offers work trade exclusively for farm and agricultural positions, worldwide. Hosts also provide most, if not all, meals. Membership fees are required but range based on location, beginning around $50 per year.
Free Camping for Weekend Adventurers and Van Lifers
Camping costs can add up to a small fortune! When living the #VanLife spending should be focused towards food, petrol and National Park entry fees.
WikiCamps.com, in my opinion, is the best thing since sliced bread. It’s a website and purchasable app that lists camping spots, outlines available facilities and includes a rating out of 5 stars.
Plan out a trip ahead of time and save the route into the app or access it when looking for a place to stop and browse the closest camp spots. Swap to ‘I-Need-A-Shower-Mode’ to find the cheapest campgrounds or caravan parks with all the necessities. It is available for Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Canada and the USA.
(Super Cheap) Relocation Road Trip Rentals
Who doesn’t love a good road trip? But when living internationally purchasing a vehicle isn’t always in the budget. Most turn to renting, but getting slammed with daily insurance and one-way drop off fees leaves little in the adventure fund. The biggest money saving travel-hack: relocation services.
Imoova.com and Coseats.com provide car, truck and caravan rentals for as little as $1 a day! Browse the sites for pick up and drop off locations across Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the USA. Age requirements vary, starting at 21 and a bond is requirement as with any rental. As an added bonus some will include fuel allowances of up to $250.
Contrary to popular belief you don’t have to be rich to travel. You just have to travel smart and cheap with travel hacks. Happy adventuring!