Traveling overseas is definitely a big expense, with the plane ticket, housing, food, museum tickets, and everything else. However, there are ways you can visit that place in the world you always wanted to see without breaking your bank account.
Here are five ways that would-be travelers can help fund their travels overseas.
1. Apply for study or research grants. If you are a student or professional, there are plenty of grants and fellowships to help you study abroad. Many of these will not only cover your flight cost and the costs of your program overseas, but they will also provide some money for living expenses. For anyone looking to travel overseas, the first thing you should do is research what types of grants and fellowships are available for the type of learning you want to do overseas.
2. Run a fundraiser. If you really want to go overseas, now might be the time to roll up your sleeves. Bake sales, car washes and other types of fundraisers can help you make a nice chunk of change to help cover your overseas costs. Your neighbors will also often be happy to pitch in a couple bucks to help you take the trip of your dreams – in exchange for a plateful of delicious cookies or other treat.
3. Consider working overseas. In areas of the world where there is a big demand for English teachers, Western travelers have often found success in teaching English in other countries as a means to support themselves there. This method will not only help you pay for your travels, but it will also help you gain a deeper understanding of the foreign country than you would gain by just visiting.
4. Look into Couchsurfing. Through this online forum, you can find people around the world who are willing to let a traveler crash on their couch for a couple days. While this will save you a considerable amount of money in living costs, you should also be careful about living with a stranger. Make sure you take appropriate precautions to ensure that your trip is a safe as well as enjoyable one.
5. Go during down season. Figure out when the peak travel season is for your location of choice, and make your plans so you avoid it. You will find that you will save a considerable amount in airfare, hotel costs, and other expenses by traveling in off season.