For a lot of people, May marks the month in which they graduate, either from high school or college. For many young people, a way to mark the start of their new life is to travel for a few weeks to a few months. Unfortunately, one of the most common factors these graduates think are standing in their way of traveling is not having the funds to do so. Thankfully, they are wrong! Even if you save up a minimal amount of money, there are resources that can help you to travel to different countries and let you celebrate your big achievement without breaking your bank account (as little as it may be).
One big help that students, teachers, and people twenty five or younger should definitely take the time to obtain is a travel discount card. These cards are internationally accepted and help save money on airfare, accommodation, shopping and more. These cards do cost $25, but the amount they end up saving you would definitely be worth it in the long run.
If you have an Iphone or Android cellular phone and have the Comfi Dial application, you can make calls to people who also have the application for free if you use the “free call” option when placing a call. This would save you a lot of money on calls to home or to people you meet along the way. Just make sure if you do bring your cell phone to another country to not use any data, as your phone provider will most likely charge you roaming fees.
A good option to consider in order to travel while having free housing is working abroad. There are many websites (such as interexchange.org or bunac.org) for working overseas as an au pair, waiter, camp counselor, cruise ship worker, or seasonal worker. The good thing about these jobs is that they do not require any special training or a lot of work experience. You could even work on a farm for a certain amount of time in exchange for room and board. Websites like wwoof.net (world wide opportunities on organic farms) connect travelers with organic farmers.
Teaching abroad is a better option for those looking to travel while making money. The bare minimum requirement is that you speak fluently in English and will dedicated a specific set amount of time each week teaching. Depending on where you are looking to travel, you will most likely have to obtain your TEFL certificate first. Some, but not all countries and schools require the teacher to have an undergraduate degree from a university. There is a high demand for English speaking teachers around the world and many countries will pay for your flight as well as your room and board.
International house sitting would be one of the easier job options that you could choose. You could house sit and/or pet sit in a country you’ve always wanted to go to and get paid for it. Some websites that match home owners with house sitters are mindmyhouse.com and trustedhousesitters.com. This is also a good option because you would be able to use their facilities and have a kitchen to cook food in. One of the biggest ways to spend money is going out to eat, it is much more cost efficient to make your own meals.
If you just want to try traveling without working overseas, and just want to find an option for sleeping somewhere for free couch surfing is a reliable network that connects travelers with locals who are willing to let them stay at their house for free. Depending on who you stay with, you could end up having a room to yourself or staying on a couch. The cheapest option besides couch surfing would be to sleep in large hostel dorm rooms, you would have to pay, but only a considerably small amount.
Any of these options are great for traveling abroad for a poor college student who just graduated. There are so many options, the only thing standing in your way of traveling is your own excuses. So go out and enjoy your life the way you really want to, you deserve it!