RyanAir – Hubs now at London Stansted and Luton, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Nottingham, Glasgow Prestwick, Dublin, Shannon, Brussels, Frankfurt Hahn, Stockholm, Bergamo (nr. Milan), Rome and Girona (nr. Barcelona)
AirAsia – Internal and regional flights from hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Bangkok and Jakarta
EasyJet – Hubs now at Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bristol, Belfast, Berlin Schönefeld, Dortmund, Geneva, Paris Orly
Find hosts to stay with in over 100,000 cities and connect with travelers from all over the world.
Couchsurfing pros: free, live like a local, interact with locals, kitchen access, take more than one traveler. Couchsurfing cons: privacy, boring host, must trust people, not luxurious, be prepared for anything.
FREE Hospitality Networks:
Be Welcome: Step inside and invite travelers to your home, find hosts all over the world, and become part of our multicultural hospitality community. We are not-for-profit, open source, and exclusively run by members in a transparent and democratic way.
GlobalFreeloaders.com: is an online community, bringing people together to offer you free accommodation all over the world. Save money and make new friends whilst seeing the world from a local’s perspective!
Servas: it’s a different way to explore the world 14,000 Servas members in over 130 countries will welcome you into their homes Servas is an international travel network whose members want to promote peace and understanding through contact with people from other countries
Home Exchanges are a Good Option – If you own a home!
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III. Saving Money at Any Destination
1. Travel like a local
2. Saving Money on Food
Don’t eat out for every meal.
BUT, food is an important part of travel and experiencing other cultures. Don’t avoid eating out altogether. Just do it smartly.
Shop at local markets.
Eat out during lunch, rather than dinner to save money.
Skip tourist areas. Never eat at a place in a guidebook.
Explore side streets.
Ask a local, “where do you eat?”
Ask around at the hostel.
Carry a reusable water bottle.
Eat at the buffet.
3. Food Safety Tips
Use a Steripen to purify water.
Look for places where women, children, and old people eat.
Bring your own silverware.
Be smart about what you’re eating and where.
Use hand sanitizer.
Go when it’s busy.
Stay away from street produce in areas with bad water.
4. Saving Money on Local Transport
Take local buses, ferries, etc.
Never take a taxi.
Buy metro cards. Ask at the station or hostel for the best deal.
Car Sharing Services: Zipcar, Jayride, Gumtree, Getaround
Rent a bike. Check out Zilok.com and Sharegoods.com.
5. Saving Money on Inter-Destination Transport
Get train passes, especially if you’re going to Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Australia (best deal).
If you look for specials online and book early, it may be cheaper.
Book on buses 3 months in advance.
Megabus, Naked Bus (NZ), Boltbus, etc.
Buses, budget airlines, hitchhiking.
Car relocation: drivenow.com, hittheroad.ca, autodriveaway
6. Saving Money on Activities
Get tourism cards. They will save you money if you want to do sightseeing.
Go to museums on free days.
Use discount cards: VIP Backpackers (Aus, NZ, Fiji), ISIC, IYTC, YHA, STA Travel
Visit local tourist offices.
Go on free walking tours.
Book via student websites like STA Travel.
For deals on activities in NZ: bookme.co.nz
IV. Finding Work & Living Overseas
It’s about getting a job, not a career. It’s about earning money to continue traveling, not building a resume.
Search online job boards.
Council on International Educational Exchange Work Abroad Program
4. Contact expat groups before you leave.
5. Bring copies of your resume and professional certificates.
6. Get business cards!
7. Go to networking events.
8. Common jobs: English teacher, hostel worker, bartender, waiter, cruise ship crew, dive instructor, tour guide.
9. How to Teach English Overseas
a. To get a good-paying job, get a TEFL/CELTA degree.
b. Where to teach: public schools, private schools, language institutes, summer schools, business classes, international schools, private tutoring
c. Popular places: South Korea, Japan, the Middle East, Thailand, China, Mexico, Central Asia, Prague, Argentina, Ukraine
d. Look at DavesESLCafe website for salary expectations.
10. Guest Chat about Working Overseas
a. Teach in Thailand: ajarn.com
b. Be flexible, know a little about the culture, have no expectations.
c. Be patient, and take things slow.
You can live and work in Thailand on a tourist visa, just need to hop in and out of country.
Be wary of any company that asks you to pay a fee to get a job.
DavesESLcafe.com has a good forum for teaching English abroad.
For odd jobs and tasks: taskrabbit.com and elance.com
V. How to Plan Your Dream Trip, Step-by-Step
Decide where you’re going. Be specific.
Decide how long you are going to stay. Be specific.
Research your costs. Estimate total, then round up.
Find the right amount of money for your trip.
Create a budget based on your priorities.
Add a cushion. (Add an extra 25% of your total budget.)
Think about how much you spend at home.
Start saving money.
Get a travel credit card.
Check for last-minute deals.
Book your flight.
Book your accommodation.
Plan your activities.
Sell your stuff.
Automate your bills.
Tell your credit card companies and banks that you’re leaving.
Travel doesn’t need to be somewhere really far away, just somewhere different from your daily life. Try weekend trips! Explore your own city!
There is always time to travel.
There is no perfect time to travel. JUST GO.
Tomorrow, there will still be bills to pay. Tomorrow, there still won’t be enough money. Tomorrow, there will still be a wedding or a birthday party to miss. Tomorrow, there will still
be planning to do.
Stop making excuses. Start traveling.
The secret to traveling more is simply the desire to travel more.
Figure out your priorities. Figure out what you want to do. Then do it.
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” –Bill Bryson
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Websites like Airbnb for food: cookening.com and feastly.com
Websites for learning languages: busuu.com and duolingo.com and memrise
Website for freelance tech jobs: guru.com
Website for photo-video jobs: personal-view.com
Shannon’s tips for working abroad: http://alittleadrift.com/how-to-work-and-travel-rtw/