I’ve been traveling now for some time and in order to keep myself on the road I employ a fair few techniques to spend less. I’m not planning on stopping anytime soon but I have started to realise that there are no reasons why some of my budget travel ideas can’t just be used to slash budgets in everyday living.
Don’t pay any rent or mortgage costs
Rent is one of the biggest balance killers and if you are in a low wage job or jobless there is pretty much no hope to meet those costs. I’ve been traveling in a way that I spend large amounts of time paying no rent at all.
There are many schemes for volunteering in exchange for board and sometimes food. The most basic is something like working in a hostel for 2-3 hours a day in exchange for food. I wrote about my experience with this on my new travel site EverydayNomad. This kind of work may fit if you work an afternoon or evening job. If you don’t have a job at all then you could do Wwoofing until you found a job. This entails working for 4-5 hours a day for food and accommodation. Find them locally and you can literally live for free whilst job hunting. Helpx.net is another option for finding very similar opportunities.