Most of my energy these days is devoted to finding ways to travel. The most obvious thing to do would be to grab a credit card and book the first all-inclusive package I find. Unfortunately, limited funds (and by limited I mean none) make that option near impossible right now. Luckily, if there is one thing I do have it is a persistence to aim for things out of my reach. So, with a lot research and a little creativity, I found some ways to indulge the need for travel.
1) Spread your knowledge
Despite the economic issues affecting most of the world right now, many countries are still willing to pay native English speakers to teach the language to the natives. As someone who has studied a language overseas, this particular option is most appealing to me right now. In addition to earning money , you also get to explore your new surroundings and other nearby locations during breaks from school. The best thing about this option is the flexibility it offers; you can teach in one place for a year and then move on to the next job and place just in time for a new school year.
2) Cruise or Fly for Free
If the option of being away from home for long periods of time isn’t that appealing right now, working for an airline, cruise ship, or travel agency is a good way to travel free or cheaply, in or inside the country, while also have a guaranteed and relatively quick way back home if need be.
3) Study Abroad
Having studied abroad myself, I can say that this is the best option, especially for students who have never been overseas before and could benefit from a little assistance when it comes to things like making travel arrangements, getting your passport, and finding housing. Another bonus; your in the country of your choice for months at a time giving you a real chance to soak up the native culture and language.
Schools, Camps, Farms, Hospitals, Orphanages, and Humanitarian Organizations all host volunteers from around the world to both help and learn in their own countries. Keep I mind that these programs usually require the volunteer to pay for transportation and living expenses. The most popular example of this is the Peace Corps.
5) Home Exchange
For those who actually own a home, this is a good way to see the world without having to worry so much about the home front.
6) Get A Sponsor
A risky move, but some companies or goodwill organizations will fund your travel in exchange for publicity, permission to document an unusual adventure, or your promise to help either the business or communities you visit.
7) Don’t Be A Skeptic
So, it’s not a roundtrip ticket to Paris, but this year I won two free tickets to the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware. Not only is it a chance to see some of my favorite artists in person, (for free!) but its also a chance to travel somewhere I never been and try camping for the first time. There are always contests and giveaways that offer paid vacations and tickets to different events. It might seem like a scam or a waste of time but you might be rewarded for the simple act of trying.
8) Pack Your Skills
If you have a skill that is worthwhile at home, chances are you’ll be able utilize it overseas or at least use it to fund your traveling. Think athletes, musicians, writers, doctors, architects etc.