Anyone with a heartbeat dreams of hopping around the world, from the bright lights of New York City to the idyllic islands in the South Pacific, but insurmountable costs keep us grounded most of the time.
Travel doesn’t come cheap, but it is possible to see some of the most amazing places on the planet on a tight budget or even get paid to do it.
All it takes is a few sacrifices, hard work, commitment and an outgoing personality. Here are some of the ways travellers can keep their costs down while satisfying their wanderlust.
While travelling the world can cost a lot of money, there are some ways to do it for free, or at leas ton a very tight budget
Stay in a stranger’s house
House-sitting is one of the easiest ways to trim costs on a trip abroad because it eliminates the need to spend a huge amount of money on accommodation.
Depending on the arrangement with the property owner, food and transport may be included in exchange for taking care of the person’s home and, in some cases, pets.
Properties are advertised on a number of websites, including TrustedHousesitters.com, which charges a membership fee of £5.99 a month.
Laura Cody and Tanbay Theune (pictured) are seeing the world while house-sitting for strangers
Laura Cody, 23, and Tanbay Theune, 26, have been criss-crossing the globe after leaving Birmingham in July 2013.
They embarked on the adventure after they discussed their desire to travel and became fed up with paying rent every month.
Since then they have been staying in strangers’ homes – without having to pay rent or bills – all over Australia, the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy, and have been blogging about the experience.
Canadian bloggers Dalene and Peter Heck were recognised with an award from National Geographic after they sold almost all of their possessions and set off on a quest to house-sit around the world.
In almost six years they have visited about 30 countries – from Ecuador and Mexico to Turkey and Thailand.
House swapping and couch surfing are two other options.
Cruise ship workers can see the world, but should be prepared for long periods at sea and long work hours
Work on a cruise ship or superyacht
If motion sickness isn’t a problem, a job with a cruise line is an ideal way to see different parts of the world between shifts.
It’s the kind of job for a ‘people person’, as employees live together on the ship and aren’t afforded much privacy. They must also be able to endure long periods at sea and long hours of work.
There are jobs for various skill sets – from photographers and musicians to nurses and electrical engineers.
But people should do plenty of research into pay, benefits and working conditions before applying.
Working on a superyacht is another way to sail around the world while making a salary and tips.
Those who commit to this kind of career should expect to work long hours every day and spend a lot of time at sea or port.
Again, employees are afforded very little privacy when they’re on board, as they sleep in close quarters with their colleagues.
Some owners will even hire private teachers for their children for months at a time. A teacher who goes on an around-the-world trip is usually paid approximately £50,000, said Henry Smith, a sales broker with Cecil Wright, a boutique yacht brokerage with offices in Monaco and London.
Volunteering with an organic farm offers a chance to travel and learn while helping others
Make a difference
There are plenty of organisations that allow people to volunteer in impoverished countries where help is desperately needed.
They allow people to travel to places they normally wouldn’t visit as a regular tourist and make a positive contribution to the world.
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), for example, connects farmers and those who are looking to learn more about the industry.
Hosts provide accommodation, food and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles in exchange four to six hours of volunteer work per day.
The organisation has a presence in more than 50 countries around the world, including Sierra Leone, Ecuador, Bangladesh, Estonia and Israel.
Other examples include working at summer camps or planting trees.
Teaching English in a foreign country will bring a regular paycheque and an opportunity to explore
Teach English abroad
It’s not uncommon for those who live in England, the US, Canada or Australia to hear about a friend or a friend of a friend travelling abroad to teach English.
The usual destinations where English-language teachers are in demand include South Korea, China, Japan and Jordan.
It will bring a regular pay cheque, but it’s not a holiday – with many expected to work full-time hours.
But it will leave time to explore the city or country you are teaching in, and neighbouring nations.
Successful applicants will need the appropriate credentials and they may have to sign a contract. Before applying they should do their research to make sure they are getting a job with a reputable school.
One way to find teach jobs abroad is through the British Council, which runs a language assistant programme for those who have completed at least two years of university education.
There are 10 different locations around the world where you can teach for between 12 and 20 hours a week and earn enough money to live. There is an application process and you must commit to a full year, but it is the perfect way to live in another country and still have plenty of time to explore your surroundings, while gaining some valuable life skills.
Alternatively, there are many TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) courses that can be taken in the UK ahead of applying to teach abroad through different programmes.
Ski resorts in breathtaking locations are always looking for instructors, servers and other employees
Get paid to hit the slopes
Ski resorts in breathtaking locations all over Europe and North America offer seasonal work for a variety of positions, including instructors, bartenders and cooks.
Knowing how to ski isn’t a prerequisite, but it’s the perfect opportunity for those who are passionate about skiing or snowboarding, or keen to learn.
Perks can include free ski passes, and some resorts are notorious for their parties.
One way to stay in a foreign city for free is to arrange a work-to-stay arrangement with a hostel
Work in a hostel
One way to bag free accommodation while travelling around the world is working where you sleep.
Travellers can find a work-to-stay arrangement at many hostels, which allows them to stay for free while meeting people from around the world, and may even include some pay.
Hostels may require its work-to-stay employees to stay for a minimum amount of time before they move on.
Adverts can easily be found online, with one for a hostel in Las Vegas requiring an employee who can work for two to three months over the summer.
In addition to a bed the employee is provided breakfast, wifi, parking, coffee and tea, lockers, laundry and nightly activities, plus opportunities to explore the region.
The tasks would include one or a mix of housekeeping, maintenance, IT, tour leading and front desk, according to the advert.