Cheap doesn’t have to mean nasty, and in these challenging times budget options are more sought-after than ever. Holidays are no exception, and we are here to show you that you can have an amazing holiday on a shoestring budget!
Some options are more obvious, while others will take you beyond the usual holiday ideas and perhaps beyond your comfort zone! Taking a very cheap holiday can require some stretching of the mind as well as the budget, but the reward is a unique and exciting break that you will never forget. Here are ten ways to have a big holiday on a little budget…
Workaway is an organisation which allows travellers to find property owners abroad who are willing to provide food and lodging in exchange for a few hours help. Possible tasks include everything from conservation work in the rainforests of Bolivia to helping teach English to a school for visually impaired children in China. Whatever you get to help out with, Workaway and organisations like them provide a very cheap way of exploring a country while becoming immersed in the day to day life of the host culture.
WWOOF is a network of organisations which aim to provide ‘World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms’ for travellers wishing to find cheap board and lodging while experiencing various types of organic farming. Travellers are matched up with farmers, who provide basic accommodation in return for help with tasks around the farm.
Most people go away on holiday each year, and many of those like to have someone ‘housesit’ their property while they are away. There are various websites around to match up property owners with trustworthy sitters, and in return for a few basic maintenance tasks around the house, some very nice accommodation options are available!
Couchsurfing has become a popular option for travellers seeking free accommodation, with huge numbers of people signed up to welcome travellers into their homes and living rooms. Websites serve to connect travellers with couches all over the world, and it’s easy to get connected to friends of friends as you surf the couches of the world!
Although not exactly a regular occurrence, competitions sometimes come along which are just too good not to enter! Back in 2009, the Tourism Queensland created a contest offering the prize of the ‘Best Job in the World’ – the chance to become the ‘caretaker’ of the islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Ben Southall won the prize, and has been exploring the area for free and documenting his travels ever since.
Another great way of getting great accommodation overseas for nothing is to swap houses with someone! House swap websites match people according to destination plans – so sign up and see if anyone where you want to travel wants to swap with you!
With airlines often over-booking flights to make sure they don’t run empty seats, travellers who are flexible on time can get some serious perks just for giving up their seat. Some travellers even plan for this, searching out busy flights and offering to give up seats in exchange for free flights, hotel rooms and meals. Thrifty indeed!
Most people either love or hate camping, but if you’re in the ‘love’ camp (so to speak) then wild camping, where permissible, is a fantastic and cheap way of exploring a new area and really getting a feel for the landscape! Once you’ve invested in the tent, mat, sleeping bag and cooking gear, then this is a repeatable free option!
We all know about this one these days! However, if you’re really flexible on dates and destinations you can bag a really cheap trip to some amazing destinations…
Last but not least, opting for an all-inclusive trip can be a big help when trying to stick to your holiday budget. With the majority of meals and drinks covered in the holiday package price you’re less likely to come home with a guilty conscience!