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08 Jun

How to Travel on a Budget | Part 2

Money Tree

If only money grew on trees... ah well because it doesn't welcome to "How to Travel on a Budget - Part 2", make sure you read How to Travel on a Budget - Part 1 for money saving tips One to Three.

Tip Number Four for traveling on a budget - Don't pay for your accommodation

Don't panic I'm not advising you to do a runner from your accommodation of choice... there's a much easier (and more than likely legal) way to stay for free. If you're staying at a backpackers hostel, in most countries there's often an option to do a few hours work per day in exchange for a night in a shared dorm.

Most of the time this work involves cleaning, however there are other jobs available out there including hosting activities or organising them, helping out in the kitchen or just being a glassie in the bar. If you're on a budget then free accommodation is well worth asking about! Be aware however that you must still have a valid working visa in many countries to get accommodation in exchange for work, and that in some countries it may in fact be illegal to work for accommodation.

Tip Number Five for traveling on a budget - Seek out Discounts

discount vouchers mad guide

Tourism operators and Accommodation providers are looking for business. When their biggest market are backpackers, they know that offering them a bargain is the best way to get them interested. So all you need to do is know where to look for those bargains. When you first arrive somewhere you'll almost always see a FREE guide to the City. Take that guide with you... You can find loads of discount vouchers in these free guide books, varying from half price coffee to free photos when you do a bungy jump. Every little helps as they say. If you're looking for ongoing savings why not buy yourself a backpackers discount card. The most well known ones in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji are VIP, YHA, BBH and Mad Card. The Mad Card was relaunched by Nomads a few years ago. Their Backpacker Discount card The "Mad" Card has an unbelievable amount of discount vouchers available at the back of the travel guide. The price of the card is paid off when you go on your first trip or bus tour in most cases, and you'll find discounts of up to $3 off a night for a shared dorm (when prices start at $19, this is a fantastic bargain!)

Tip Number Six for traveling on a budget - Look for free things

Not content with a discount? Why not try and get stuff for free! We all know that favourite saying "There's no such thing as a free meal". Well, sometimes there is... backpackers hostels often offer a free meal (breakfast or small dinner) included in the price of your nights accommodation. But there's more... Loads of hostels will offer you free stuff so that you stay at their backpackers rather than one of the many others around. Free things include:

free stuff at nomads cairns

Picture shows all the free stuff you can get at Nomads Cairns. Of course you could just visit all the free scenery out there! Check out this list of Free or Cheap things to do in Cairns.

Tip Number Seven for traveling on a budget - Don't be afraid to make a fool of yourself

prizes KBs bar noosa

How can making a fool of yourself save you money? You'll find that being a backpacker turns you into a special breed of traveller. You tend to hang around bars aimed at the backpacking market and start acting like one of those backpackers you thought you were better than. Why hang around backpackers bars? Well for a start the drinks tend to be a lot cheaper, either because of a drink special on that night or just because they know backpackers are always looking for a bargain so they offer stupidly priced drinks to get you in the door. If cheap booze doesn't make you want to go in to the bar then the chance to win your bus travel up the east coast of Australia, or around New Zealand may just do it for you. I'm going to tell you a little story. When I started travelling my mantra at the beginning was "why go out and get drunk, I can do that at home".

Well you soon forget that when all your mates cajole you into taking part in a pole dancing competition...Why on earth would you? Easy, if I took part and made a fool of myself in front of a bunch of strangers then me and my mates got to drink free champagne and if I'd won I'd have received a 3 day sailing trip around the Whitsundays.

Making a fool of yourself (like I did in spectacular fashion - being one of those unfortunate people who has no rhythm) isn't that bad when you realise you're on the other side of the world and you're probably never going to see these people ever again.

BUT... you could be a bit unlucky and while you're working away one day, someone may come up to you and say "Aren't you the girl who kept falling over when she tried to pole dance down in Airlie Beach?"


Tip Number Eight for traveling on a budget - Get a Job!

Getting a job when you're travelling isn't always that hard. Most of the places you stay at will have staff on hand to give you the best advice on where to look for work or which agencies will be the most useful to.

Jobs within the Travel & Tourism Industry may be an area you should consider rather than an office job because you still feel like you're on holiday if you work at a hostel or work on a scuba diving boat like I did!

BUT... Make sure your Visa/Permit is valid for you to work. If it isn't you might be thrown out of the country and never allowed to return!

Nomads Hostels

Australia / NZ / Fiji
Adelaide Travellers Inn
Agnes Water - Town of 1770
1770 Southern Cross
Airlie Beach
Nomads Airlie Beach
Alice Springs
Spot X Surf
Byron Bay
Arts Factory Lodge
Nomads Byron Bay
Nomads Cairns
Cape Tribulation
Pk's Jungle Village
Coffs Harbour
Plantation Backpackers
Tassie Backpackers
Nomads Melbourne
Nomads All Nations
Coffee Palace Backpackers
Nomads Noosa
Port Douglas
Parrot Fish Lodge
Surfers Paradise
Islander Backpackers
Sleeping Inn
Nomads Westend
New Zealand
Abel Tasman
Kaiteri Lodge
Nomads Auckland
Nomads Fat Camel
Bay Adventurer Apartments
On Top Backpackers
Nomads Queenstown
Crash Palace
Taupo Urban Retreat
Nomads Capital
Beachcomber Island
Beachcomber Island Resort
Coral Coast
Beachouse Backpackers
Malolo Island
The Funky Fish Beach Resort
Nadi Bay Hotel
Pacific Harbour
Uprising Beach Resort
Yasawa Islands
Mantaray Island Resort
Saphaipae Hostel
Back Home Backpackers
Chiang Mai
Nomads Eco Resort
Koh Phangan
Sarana Bungalows
Koh Tao
Nomads Coral Grand
Chill Patong Hotel
Dfeel Hostel
Urbany Hostel
Equity Point Centric
Equity Point Gothic
Equity Point Sea
Equity Point
Equity Point
One80º Hostel
Hatters Hostel
Hatters Hostel
Clink261 Hostel
Clink78 Hostel
Equity Point London
Hatters at Hilton Chambers
Hatters on Newton St
North America
Las Vegas
Las Vegas Hostel
Los Angeles
Orange Drive Manor Hostel
USA Hostels Hollywood
Samesun LA
Lahaina's Last Resort
The Tiki Hale
New York
Equity Point
San Diego
Lucky D's
USA Hostels San Diego
San Francisco
USA Hostels San Francisco
Samesun Banff
Samesun Kelowna
Samesun Revelstoke
Samesun Vancouver
Silverstar Samesun Ski Lodge
South America
El Misti Hostel & Pousada
El Misti Hostel Yellow
El Misti Hostel
El Misti Rooms
El Misti Hostel
El Misti House
Ilha Grande
El Misti Hostel
El Misti Chill
Rio de Janeiro
El Misti Hostel
El Misti Hostel
Buenos Aires
Milhouse Avenue
Milhouse Hostel
South Africa
Cape Town
33 South Boutique
Penthouse On Long
Equity Point