If you’re not careful, a round the world trip can get pretty pricey. But there are so many ways to save money and to make sure you’re spending your cash the right way, whether it’s on food, transport or accommodation. Here are the best tips for budgeting your round the world trip.

1. Embrace the great outdoors

Most of the world is not a city, so take the opportunity to explore the incredible national parks in places like the USA, NZ & Australia or the beaches and jungles of Asia. In the US, an $80 National Park Pass allows you entry to every park in the country for a year, creating the perfect route across America for a road trip. Discover the desert parks of the West and the cool redwoods of California for a fraction of the cost of exploring a city. It doesn’t cost anything to sit on a beach in Thailand and enjoy the jungle landscape. Steer clear of busy cities and enjoy the wide open (practically free!) spaces of the world.

2. Eat local food

Buy food from supermarkets instead of cafes or restaurants. This is a massive money saver and definitely the easiest one to apply to your trip. When I visited Australia, buying fresh yogurt and sandwiches for lunch meant I could afford to dive on the reef and have a meal out for my birthday. It also gives you the opportunity to explore the tastes of other countries – Manau Soda from Seven Eleven in Thailand, Tim Tams in Australia and Hershey’s in America.

3. Travel overnight

Overnight trains are a logical way to save money on a journey you’d be taking anyway. Why waste a day sitting on a train with a hostel stay the night before?  You can settle down in a cozy sleeper compartment and combine your travel and accommodation in one. Thailand’s Bangkok to Chiang Mai route is my favorite sleeper train but there are loads of great routes.  In the USA the Silver Meteor takes you from New York to Miami in one night, or take the Indian Pacific in Australia to hop your way across the two great oceans.

4. Drive a campervan

This is a fantastic way to save money, both on transport and hotels.  It’s great fun and gives you a huge amount of freedom – especially in New Zealand and Australia.  If you reach the Bay of Islands in New Zealand and decide you must stay a bit longer you can! Stay as long as you want on the immense beaches of Australia and enjoy the spontaneity of travel that a campervan provides.  You can really cut down your living costs with ‘free camping’ and spend your money on amazing activities instead.

5. Work your way round

Working is a great way of connecting with the local people and really understanding the country, but it’s also about earning money! Teaching English is a common role in Asia and South America.  Seasonal work is another way to earn as you travel – picking cherries in Australia, working with eco-tourism in New Zealand or at the fun fair in the USA. WWOOF (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) is a worldwide organization where volunteers offer their farm hands in exchange for a night’s stay – a great way to stretch your money and explore the area on your days off.

6. Plan expensive activities ahead

If you’re visiting South America and you can’t leave without hiking the Inca Trail, build it into your budget ahead of time. There’s no need to cut all expensive activities out of your trip – they are often the most memorable. Booking things ahead means you can work them into your initial costs. Just plan ahead to ensure that cruise around the Galapagos Islands or hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti, is the highlight of your trip.

7. Visit cheap destinations

It’s easy to concentrate any round the world trip on cheaper destinations like Asia and South America. 10 weeks exploring India or making your way across South America is incredibly cheap. Do your research and find out where the best places are for your money. You don’t have to solely stick to cheaper areas of the world, but including them means you’ll get to explore more. Save money for the more expensive countries to even out costs.  

8. Ditch the souvenirs

They are a massive drain of money.  Instead take photos of all the special places that you visit and collect free mementos – like beer caps from every country or a pebble from every beach you visit. In the end you’ll find it more special, as they give a unique perspective of your trip. Combine everything into a scrapbook to create a wonderful keepsake.

About the Author:

Becky writes for 5 Star Tennis Holidays and is obsessed with all things travel.  If she’s not on a trip, she’s planning or saving for one.  She won’t rest until she’s experienced the entire world one beautiful moment at a time.