How to Travel With Little To No Money

Posted May 11, 2023 in Travel Guide - Last updated April 28, 2024


Traveling is a great way to experience new places and cultures but it can be expensive. Fortunately, you can save money on your trip by reducing travel costs. This post will cover some of these strategies for saving cash on the road. So let’s dive in and learn how to travel with little to no money.

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Make a Couchsurfing profile

Making a Couchsurfing profile is easy. But first, you’ll need to make sure that you have the following:

  • Your name and email address. This is where people will send messages, so your information must be accurate.
  • A photo of yourself (this will show up on their profile). This helps them decide if they want to host you again or not!
  • A place of residence/work/schools attended.

Stay in rural areas

The best way to travel for little to no money is by staying with locals. If you are traveling in an area that is not well-known, it will be much easier for you to stay with locals. Also, the rent would be much cheaper.

You can also opt for hostels. Most hostels offer complimentary breakfast and dinner (or a discount on these meals). Some also offer free WiFi and lockers so guests can store their belongings while not using them. The downside of hostel living is that some may have strict rules about smoking or alcohol consumption. However, most hostels still allow at least some form of independence.

You can also try out Caravan parks. These parks often offer communal kitchens where travelers can cook meals and showers near each tent site.


WWOOFing stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. It is a way to travel, learn about organic farming, and meet new people. In return, you will get a place to stay. You can WWOOF for free or as a volunteer. This can be a great way to return to nature and see some fantastic places!

Use public transportation

Public transportation is a great way to get around without spending too much money or dealing with traffic. You can use it in a new city or even go from one place to another on the same day.

It’s often cheaper, faster, and more comfortable than taxis. In some places, public transportation is free (or close enough).

Teaching English Overseas

Teaching English is a great way to earn money and travel.

If you speak the language of the country where you want to teach English, it’s possible that you can do so without speaking any other languages at all. For example, if your school wants someone who speaks Russian as their native tongue, they may hire someone who doesn’t even speak English! This can be a fantastic opportunity for people who want to make extra cash while traveling worldwide.


Housesitting is a great way to earn money and can be done on the go. While traveling around, you’ll have plenty of free time and no responsibilities. People often pay a decent amount of money for housesitting. You might have to take care of a few things around the house. You can even set up your house for this. If your home is empty for long periods, renting out your place could be an opportunity for you to make some extra cash.

Use Discount Cards

Discount cards are a great way to save money on travel. Through these cards, you can get discounts on food and accommodation, access special events without extra cost, or even skip paying for museum entrance fees.

You’ll need to do your research before applying for any discount card. It may not be worth it if the card doesn’t fit your needs. But if you find one that works for your needs, start researching how it works and where else you can use it. You’ll be amazed by how much money these cards can cut off your budget.

Capitalize on Your Skills

If you have skills that can be used to make money, then it’s time to capitalize on them.

For example, if you’re good at writing and have a flair for writing creative content, consider applying as a ghostwriter or content writer. You could also try selling your products or services online.

If you enjoy cooking and making delicious meals from scratch, why not start selling those meals to friends and family? Or maybe even host dinner parties where guests pay for the food themselves.

Another great idea is to offer tutoring in areas like math or grammar—plenty of students need help with these subjects. 

Using these methods, you will have enough money saved for traveling.


The most important thing is to stay positive. You don’t have much money but desire to travel the world and make new friends. Don’t be afraid of being broke; embrace it as an opportunity to learn more about yourself and leave your comfort zone!

Start planning your trip now with Travel-Wise’s free trip-planning tools to have you on your way to your destination faster than ever!

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