How To Backpack Longer

Looking to extend your time on the road or just want to save more money while you’re traveling? Good, because I want to & I want you to too.

Because I get asked the below questions daily, I thought I’d just write something to make like easier for everyone.

“How do you travel so much?”

“What’s your budget like?”

“How much money do you have saved?”

“Wait, are you still traveling?”

” I wish I could do what you’re doing. “

There’s no real secret sauce to my formula besides the factor of what I really want & need. Also I typically go to cheaper destinations that give me a favorable exchange value but these tips are universal. Use some of them or all of them and I can guarantee your trip will be 10x memorable & economical.

Hold on tightly. Here we go…..

Couchsurfing

How do I describe my favorite traveling tool of all time?

A free AirBnB that connects you to local hosts around the world.

That doesn’t do it justice, but Couchsurfing is by far my favorite platform to use while on the road.

Why?

Enriched experiences

Local advice

Free

I’m shocked to see how many people don’t know about this site but those who are in the know, know it’s gold. This site will enrichI’m your experience in every corner of the world. Not only is it used just as accommodation but meet ups, idea exchange & rideshares.

You can use the site for free but with limited to access with the amount of requests you can send in a given time period. Annual subscription $50.

Www.couchsurfing.org

Work away

For a $30 membership, Work away gives you access to volunteer opportunities all over the world. Some examples include:

  • Hostel work
  • English teaching
  • Surf instructor
  • Permaculture
  • Chef

It’s astonishing to see the availability of projects at your disposal here.Go browse the site to see if anything scratches your itch.

Workaway.info

Hostels

A room shared with 20 other people? That’s the largest room I’ve ever experienced in a hostel. Hostels are a budget travelers paradise providing WiFi, kitchens, other travelers & depending on where you book, A+ amenities.

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One of my favorite aspects of hostels? Kitchens. Depending on where you stay, most will have kitchens which leads me to my next topic.

Cooking

Cook your own food! This will save you so much money. Buy a bag of rice, eggs, avocados & some chicken and you’re set. Simple as that. Also this will keep your waistline in check & knowing exactly what you put in your body, healthier.

Points & Miles

Welcome to the world of award travel. Travel hacking 101.

Step 1) Get a credit card that let’s you earn points.

Step 2) Swipe that card & earn those points

Step 3) Use those points for flights & accommodation & is whatever your card allows

Step 4) Travel longer

Walk more

Walking not only gives you the best view of the city but exercise. It also keeps more money in your pockets. Get those feet moving. A favorite tool of mine to track where I’ve gone or how much I’ve walked is Strava. Download it from any participating App Store.

Local Transport

Do you really need to rent a motorbike everywhere you go? No. It’s overkill. Learned that the hard way in Puerto Rico. :/ Anyways, find the bus & hop on for cheap transport & guaranteed memories.

Hitchhike

Yes, hitchhike. Ever since hitchhiking across the states twice, it’s clear that hitching does indeed work. Yes it does depend on where you are but give it a go & see where you can go.

There are far more tips and tricks I utilize but for now this should suffice.

Heading to Colombia? Check out some more ways you can save more pesos in the post here:

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