It´s such a big world out there that if you only have a small travel budget you might wonder whether it is possible to see much of it.
While travelling on conventional holidays can be an expensive business, there are some terrific ways of seeing big chunks of the world without spending too much on it. Which of the following sound the most interesting to you?
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It is unlikely that you are planning to walk around the whole world. While this sounds like an incredible thing to do, we can´t all head off to walk the entire Western Hemisphere like George Meegan did when he went from the bottom of South America up to the very top of Alaska. So what´s the point of walking if you aren´t going to go very far? The truth is that many of us don´t even explore the areas where we live very well. Is there a castle near you that you have never been to? Does your home town have a riverside trail or forest that you haven´t explored yet? Walking in your local area is a brilliant way to get started on travelling and should make you even more interested in exploring further afield too. Before you know it you could be heading off for long weekend treks and slowly finding new places further afield.
Try a Charity Challenge
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There are some very good reasons for trying out a charity challenge such as a Kilimanjaro climb or a London to Paris bike ride. The first thing to consider is that you can raise a lot of cash for good causes with his sort of event. These charity challenges are one of the very best ways of helping out needy folk by raising money. However, on a personal level it is also something incredibly satisfying and good fun to do. You can get to see a lot of the world if you take one a new challenge every year or two, while it is also good for your fitness levels. There are many different charity events to pick from and new ideas pop up all the time, keeping it fresh even for event veterans.
Work Your Way Round the Planet
These days it isn´t as difficult to work your way round the planet as you might think, especially if you only plan to earn enough money to survive on a shoestring trip. If you are an EU citizen then you have an entire region you can live and work in with no paperwork hassles. Young Brits can also get a working visa for Australia pretty easily. As for the work you do, if you go to a country where a foreign language is spoken then teaching English is a good idea. Apart from that, bar and restaurant jobs tend to be reasonably easy for intrepid travellers to pick up. In some countries it is also possible to get a reasonably steady income stream from picking fruit, which is a really cool way to make a living when you think about it. To sum up, it is definitely possible to work your way round the planet. It takes a bit of courage and a leap of faith to get started but once you gain some confidence you will see that it is a fantastic, independent way to see the world. Doing this successfully will give you a lot more confidence in yourself and could even help your career in the future, as it will show that you can look after yourself in different situations.
Try Couch Surfing
We have heard a lot about couch surfing in recent years but maybe you haven´t tried it yet. Fears over whether it is safe and whether it is right for you could be holding you back .If this is the case then you should spend some time setting your mind at ease. As long as you stick to a reputable site and do some research you will be fine. Getting started with couch surfing will open up a whole new world of travel possibilities for you. By cutting out the accommodation expenses from your trips you will find that you can get away more often. There are people offering their spare rooms or couches just about everywhere on the planet now, so you can explore as far from home or as near as you like. If you get involved in doing this then you will probably also start to accept travellers to your home too, which will let you meet people from other cultures and find out about more places to go out and discover.