The cost of living while travelling can be a borderline obsession for most digital nomads, regardless of how much money comes in each month. And, while spending a lot of money doesn’t necessarily guarantee you a good time, you don’t have to sustain on ramen noodles just to continue on your journey.
There are ways to keep going, even in the more expensive countries and cities, and still have a good time. Adventure doesn’t always have to cost a fortune.
If you want your money to take you a lot further, planning like a pro is essential. By playing your cards right, you can save enough to tick off one destination after another.
At GoGo Places, we are often asked the same question time and time again: “How do I keep my cost of living to a bare minimum?”
Below, we share our top 5 tips to help give your budget some breathing room.
Stay Longer and Get a Better Deal
Renting month-by-month is a lot cheaper than paying by the night; even if you are only planning to stay in one place for two weeks, it can work out cheaper in the long run.
Numbeo is a good place to turn for cost of living data, as they compare over 3 million prices in 6,500 cities worldwide. The site uses crowdsourcing to suss out an average rental price for a given market; due to the volume and regularity of submissions, the information is considered to be quite reliable and up-to-date.
Another easy option is Airbnb; it is like moving from home to home on short stays. By choosing Airbnb can earn you rewards by their point system, if you pay by plastic. To find out more on how the point system works, and how to get discount on future travel, click here.
Immerse Yourself Into Culture
If you want to meet locals, new friends and experience a real authentic journey, you can immerse yourself into a new culture by heading over to Couch Surfing. A few sent messages later, and you could be offered a place to sleep in a host’s apartment or house. Sign up is absolutely free; giving you access to over 400,000 hosts and 100,00 events all over the world, every year.
A top tip from GoGo Places is, you should build up some reputation within the online community first. This is a great method to instil trust in potential hosts, and vice versa. You’ll never be short of new friends and culture experiences, and a place to rest your head too.
Make a Difference With Work Away
This is a cool concept and one of our favourites here at GoGo Places. Work Away is the backbone between travellers and experiencing new culture, but they also help local communities find free help in return. Whether you are on a tight budget, looking to learn a language, seeking new cultures, or just wanting to make a difference by giving something back to the communities you are visiting, you should check out this site.
The site holds a database of families and organisations who are looking for travellers to volunteer their time in exchange for free accommodation. With work exchange possibilities ranging from painting, babysitting, hostel work, building eco homes or farming, this site will put you in touch with those in the communities you wish to visit. For a small sign-up fee of $29, the price you’ll pay is minor compared to the life experience you’ll get in return.
Being a digital nomad comes with great deal of independence, but our next top tip will suit you if you are looking to put down some roots for a while. The sites we list below really are a passport to long-term budget travel, providing free accommodation and the chance to live like a local. All that’s expected of you in return is to mow the lawn, water the plants, and look after any pets or animals belonging to the property owner.
Trusted Housesitters is the leader in this industry. With only a minimum outlay of US$7.49 a month and a variety of jobs on offer, this accommodation alternative is a winning option for any traveller. You can also check out House Carers or Mind My House, which both work off the same cool concept.
The WWOOF (Willing Workers On Organic Farms)
This is a great site for digital nomads that love organic food; you’ll get to live and learn on organic farms and smallholdings, and this site does all the connecting so you don’t have to. You’ll get to experience a rural life in whatever country you choose, and in return, the company offers free food and accommodation for those who are happy to muck in and get their hands dirty.
WWOOF are worldwide too, so if you want to visit more expensive places like Australia and the UK, it is certainly worth checking out.
For future blogs offering money-saving tips, adventure, accommodation and travel, sign up to our website and be the first to read our news.