It’s ok to admit it – almost everyone wishes that they could travel more!
Travelling the world indefinitely is a dream for many people. There’s nothing better than exploring new places, meeting new people and learning about new cultures.
But it’s not always possible, and that’s ok. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make an effort to at least travel more.
Most travellers only get the chance to hit the road for a few weeks a year, making the most of their vacation time. Without knowing what to expect, travelling any longer can be quite daunting.
That’s why we’ve put together these 5 simple tips, with the ultimate goal being to help you travel more!
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Earn Frequent Flier Points
It’s possible to travel for free (well, almost) by using frequent flier miles to pay for your flights!
This is one of the best travel hacks around, and this method has been used by regular travellers for years.
Essentially the idea is that you collect points and “miles” through purchasing items on credit cards, and then redeem those points for flights with applicable airlines.
Some credit card companies even give you bonus points as soon as you sign up. If you are smart with your spending you can keep applying for new cards, cancelling your old ones once you have received your points.
Just make sure you don’t end up racking a whole lot of debt, or the idea of travelling more goes out the window!
Unfortunately most of these great frequent flier point hacks are limited to the United States, but it is possible to still earn points in many countries like Australia, UK and Canada.
Learn How To Budget
It goes without saying that if you want to travel more then you are going to need to learn how to budget properly.
The more money you have in the bank, the easier it will be to plan regular trips and escape the daily grind. And then you can get out to more exotic locations!
Simple things such as making your own lunch instead of buying out every day can end up saving you thousands of dollars every year.
Think long and hard about it – do you really need that new dress? Is spending $5 a day on takeaway coffee important?
Try to cut out any unnecessary expenditures, and write down every dollar you spend. This keeps everything clear so you can start avoiding the things you really don’t need to buy.
Do Some Research And Book Ahead
Start researching your trip as early as possible so you can try and secure great deals.
Right now we are in Europe, and we have found out the hard way that last-minute bookings almost always work out to be more expensive. Now we are having to plan a week ahead, which we aren’t used to, but it is working out much better on the budget.
Even if you love to travel spontaneously, it’s worth doing a bit of research.
Become A Digital Nomad
It’s almost become the buzzword of the 21st century – digital nomad. But what exactly is a digital nomad?
Essentially it is someone who is location independent and has the freedom to work anywhere with an internet connection.
The first thing you can do is talk to your boss and go on a trial to see if you can manage your job from outside of the office. Can you work from home? Then you can probably work from a beach in Thailand.
Otherwise there are literally hundreds of other ways you can become a digital nomad. People like us who work as travel bloggers can earn a great income while constantly travelling the world.
There are Snapchat stars and Instagrammers who sell advertising on their social media, which in turn sustains their lifestyle on the road.
Or what about freelancing? Affiliate marketing? Drop shipping? Once you start to get into it the list is almost endless, and nearly anyone with a little bit of technical know-how can do it.
Go On A Working Holiday
If you are under the age of 30, and from a Western, developed country (sorry to our friends who aren’t) then you can always sign up for a working holiday program in a bunch of different nations.
I got my start travelling the world back in 2007 by going on a working holiday to Canada. Alesha started off with a working holiday to the United States.
Basically these programs give you 12 or 24 months to live and work legally in your chosen country. Once you are there you can get a job in almost any field (some restrictions do apply), so you can likely find employment in something you are already familiar with.
In our opinion this is something that almost every young person should do once in their lives.
The opportunity to live and earn an income in a new place will completely change your life.
Do you have any other ideas on how you can travel more? Let us know in the comments below!
7 thoughts on “5 Ways You Can Travel More in 2023”
Dear Alesha & Jarryd-
I am writing to you from my couch in beautiful San Diego, CA in the middle of the morning on a Tuesday because I am day dreaming about traveling and becoming a Digital Nomad. I have been working for Corporate America since I was 15 years old and I am now 31 years old. I have been in my industry for over 11 years and am very grateful for all of the opportunities it has presented to me but now I just feel robbed of my 20’s and (now) early 30’s. I am trying to become a full-time digital nomad but I am totally stuck and not sure if I can let go of the “daily grind.” I have reached out to a handful of companies as a freelance writer/blogger but I am still learning how to navigate this process, I have not received any response yet, haha.
Reading and living vicariously through websites like yours has been so helpful and motivating for me. It is not the fear of traveling that holds me back, it is the fear of not doing what I have been raised to think is normal and the “responsible” way to live.
My fiance and I have a trip planned to Southeast Asia in April and do you want to know a secret? I hope we choose to continue traveling even longer than just the 2 weeks in April….
Thank-you for your website and ALL that you do!
Great advice! I can particularly relate to the one about budgeting. When we added up all the silly bits of expenditure that don’t add much value to your life (like 100 pounds per month on coffee!!!) we saved a fortune! Now, we are careful what we spend and it allows us to travel full time.
I don’t have a lot of technical know how (and I don’t know what Drop Shipping is!) so I would be very interested to know more about being a Digital Nomad!
Hi Jackie, it is crazy how it can all add up. We are very careful with our money and take note where it is going monthly. You can save a lot is you are aware. Thank you for your comment
Hi Alesha and Jarryd. First of all, thank you guys for dedicating so much of your lives to sharing your travel advice, experience and know-how with the rest of us. I’m a new ‘Nomadasaurus-ite’ and still making my way through the posts but so far am really liking the original take Nomadasaurus has on travelling the world….anyway, enough praise from me!
As two 30-somethings on a long-term travel adventure we are definitely keen to stretch the dollar as far as possible. Sadly too old for working holiday visas, we are combining ‘normal’ backpacking with stints of volunteer work. So far on our trip in South America we have volunteered at an eco-lodge in the jungle of French Guyana and done a couple of stints in hostels in Brazil but the available volunteering options are really varied. All fun experiences which provide free accomodation and sometimes meals too in return for a few hours work a day. We also find that we get to spend more time in one place, really getting to know the towns we are passing through and enabling friendships to be made with those around us. All in all a very recommendable experience, we’d say!
Looking forward to your next post (s)!
Hi Claire, thank you for you comment and all your kind words. We really appreciate it and glad we can help travellers like you. We understand about the work visa, we are past the age also. Glad you guys have found other ways to travel slow and take in one stop. Sounds like you have had some amazing experiences with this. Keep on living your life the way you want. Happy travels 🙂
Very informative. Thank you
Glad we can help. Thank you