How To Travel The World When You’re A Poor AF 20-Something

Hey everyone,

Almost everyone I’ve ever met says they love to travel the world, but the sad reality is that for many, it’s a dream they don’t make into a reality.

There’s a common misconception that you have to be absolutely blo*dy loaded to travel and though that admittedly helps, it is possible to visit all your dream destinations and more without being on a 100 grand salary. 

Today I’m going to take you through ways that you can satisfy your wanderlust without delving into your overdrafts.

I’m real proof that this can be done – as a recent graduate, up until recently I was on a pretty poor salary but still managed to travel to places like Paris, Switzerland, Croatia, Portugal, Poland, and America in the past few years.

I firmly believe that where there’s a will, there’s a way, so sit back & enjoy as I take you through my top tips on travelling the world as a poor AF 20-something.

Be Realistic

I usually hate realism, but when it comes to travelling the world you do have to add in a dose of realism when it comes to planning your trip.

If you have very low disposable income, it’s going to make your money stretch across a month in Australia for example. Hard, but not impossible (I’ll go into that in more details later).

Having to support myself financially and pay rent, bills & all host of other boring, adult-y stuff means that I’ve never been in the position whereby I have £700, £800 spare to splash on a holiday abroad. It’d take me a good few months to save up that kind of cash.

I do however have enough disposable income to make regular city breaks a reality – this is exactly why I started my “Weekend Adventures” blog series, highlighting that you can visit places like Dublin, Edinburgh and Wroclaw (Poland) for under £150 all in (3 day trip) or £200 all in for a long weekend.

This is a series that I LOVE doing and I truly believe that the sky is the limit when it comes to visiting capital cities, as flights can be so reasonable.

However if longer breaks and going further afield is more your thing, this too can be done on a budget. You just have to plan ahead and plan smart. Which brings me on to my next point…

Plan Out Your Trip

Once you have done that, you should then start to think about planning out your ideal trip.

Make sure that you are planning out your trip in plenty of detail. That means thoroughly researching the actual places you want to go and things you want to do, and making it very clear how much it is likely to cost, with upper and lower estimates.

Once you have all that written down, it’s time to think about how you can actually make it happen.

Getting Every Free Upgrade There Is

A lot of this has to do with your mindset, and if you can manage to master that you will find that it is entirely possible to get a lot of the best things on your trip for free, or at least for a huge discount. Let’s take the example of a free upgrade on a plane. You would be surprised how often there are spare seats going in Business or even First class, and it’s absolutely worth asing any time you hop on a plane. When it is your birthday, tell them. If you’re feeling cheeky, pretend it’s your birthday or anniversary even when it’s not. You’ll be amazed how much you can get for free by being confident and simply asking. If nothing else, you can say that you tried, and you might find that you do actually end up saving a lot of money this way – money you can then spend on further travels.

Earn As You Go

Another common way to make all this work, of course, is to simply find a way to earn money as you travel around the world. You will find that there are many ways to do this, and actually as it turns out it’s not too hard to earn enough to keep you in the travel game for as long as you like.

You might choose to start a blog or do some freelance writing, for instance – something you can do on the go and pretty much anywhere in the world.

Or you might decide that you are able to teach English as a foreign language around the world. In any case, it’s always possible to earn as you go, and this is one of the most effective ways to make sure that you can genuinely afford to travel around the world at your leisure.

I hope these tips have helped you to realise that you don’t need to be rolling in money to travel the world.

If I can do it, so can you!

If you have any questions about travelling or the places I’ve visited and how just leave me a comment on this post or message me on Instagram.

Until next time, thanks for reading.

Hannah x

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