How to Maximize the Time You Spend on the Road
If you’re on this website, then you’re probably already pretty enthusiastic about all things travel: the planning, the packing, and then all the adventures, laughter, and good times that spring up when you’re on the road. Alas, some practical considerations prevent us from traveling as often as we’d like; these are typically money and time off from work. But with a bit of creativity, you can overcome these issues and ensure that you’re able to see as much of the world as you’d like. Here’s how.
See Offer, Get Moving
There’s nothing quite like dreaming up your ideal adventure and then following it through, but it’s not the only way to travel. In fact, some of the best adventures happen when you don’t know everything about the destination. If you’ve got an open mind to this type of travel, then the world’s your oyster: why? Because you’ll be able to make the most of all the attractively priced travel deals that always pop up. It’s unlikely that you’ll find a bargain deal for the exact trip you want, so be open and flexible. You’ll spend a fraction of the cost and see somewhere completely new. Win! See https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/find-travel-deals/ for information on getting the best travel deals.
Set up Base Overseas
For the most part, it’s not the money that we spend when we’re traveling that eats up most of our budget; we spend most of our cash on things like flights and accommodation. You can severely reduce this expenditure by investing in a property overseas. You’ll still have to pay for flights, but because you’ll often be flying – and to the same place – you’ll be able to make the most of air miles. And of course, your accommodation will be free (and can be a money-maker, as you can rent it out when you’re not there). If this sounds like an attractive option, pick a base that allows you to explore other destinations, too. Because of its standard of living and proximity to other countries, Malaysia is a good option; check out http://www.propertyguru.com.my/resources/buy-property-guide/top-100-malaysia-condo-under-myr400-000 to set up your overseas base. Traveling will be much more straightforward!
A Free Trip Away
If you don’t have the budget to travel as much as you’d like, then you do have another option: traveling for free! OK, so the following idea isn’t really completely free, but it is a good way to see another part of the world – and have a unique experience – without parting with much cash. You can volunteer at farms, hotels, and other such establishments through sites like HelpX and Workaway. The idea is that you give up some of your time (around 5 hours a day), and in return, you’re given accommodation and food. Take a look at the options near to where you live; we’re sure there’ll be plenty of exciting opportunities available!
A lot of people make the mistake of calculating how much time they have to travel by figuring out how many weeks of holiday they’re given by their employer. The truth is that you have much more days than just those few weeks; you also have plenty of public holidays where you don’t have to be at work, too! Now, an extra day off might not sound like enough for a trip, but when it’s paired with a weekend, suddenly you have three full days to explore. Don’t let those precious days go to waste; get out there and see the world.
Seasonal and Overseas Employment
This option is, admittedly, only really available to those people who aren’t tied down by jobs, homes, families, etc. If you have an open schedule, why not look at working at a seasonal resort – or any other type of work? This is a good option because you won’t just be spending a week or however long you can afford to stay in a destination; you can be there for months, and will have a chance to really get to know the place before you leave. And as a bonus, you’ll be paid too, so you don’t have to worry about spending all the cash that’s in your bank account when you’re away from home.
Finding the Time
Alternatively, if you have a job, then you can speak to your boss about taking more time off. Of course, it’s unlikely that you’ll get any extra paid time off (though you might if you’ve been doing a good job!), but he or she might allow you to go away for longer without being paid. If the biggest barrier to your traveling is time, not money, then it’ll be worth exchanging a bit of your annual salary in order to get more days away from work.
Don’t Discount Competitions
We know that ‘entering travel competitions’ doesn’t sound like the most foolproof way of seeing more of the world if you don’t have the necessary cash to travel, but hear us out. Some people make a living from entering competitions, and winning one isn’t as rare as you’d think! Of course, you’ll need to spend a lot of time filling out forms as you’ll have to enter a lot, but it’ll all be worth it if you win a once in a lifetime trip.
Exploring Your Home
You don’t always need to visit those exotic destinations on the other side of the world. Your hometown or city might be just as interesting as anywhere else in the world, it’s just that you’ve forgotten how interesting it is because you’re so used to it! There are many benefits of a staycation, including, of course, that it costs a fraction of the cost of going overseas. To learn more, check out https://ordinarytraveler.com/tipsarticles/how-to-take-a-staycation and make your next breakaway right at home.
Make it a Priority
Finally, remember that traveling won’t just happen: you need to make it a priority. Keep in mind the many benefits of traveling, and commit to seeing more of the world. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! You won’t regret it.