So you’ve got the travel bug and are itching to see everything our beautiful planet has to offer. One of the major constraints on where we can go to experience something new, exotic, and exciting is cost and our budget. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to explore that don’t cost the earth and offer budget-conscious travelers an array of beauty, culture, and novelty. One such region is Southeast Asia which is home to a vast wealth of travel experiences whether you are backpacking, a solo female traveler, or a student. Anyone at all can enjoy the sights, smells, and experiences of this affordable and exotic location and return home with a new library of enviable travel stories. Here are some of the best places to travel in Southeast Asia on a budget.
1. Cebu – Philippines
The architecture in Cebu is based on Spanish influences © Flickr
Cebu has been referred to as the Queen City of the South and is a mecca for travelers of all budget types. It is one of the Philippines oldest cities and has a rich historical and cultural heritage. There is plenty to do and explore here from its white sand and crystal clear water beaches that offer diving, swimming and sunbathing, to a wealth of old Filipino-Spanish buildings that date back to Magellan’s time. There is a fascinating mix of religions on the island from its Christian influences and its Cathedral through to its Taoist temple and religious festivals – there is always something new and interesting to discover here.
Travel is by far one of the best ways to get in touch with not only yourself, but the world at large. As we all know, however, funding that travel can be incredibly challenging, especially if you have any significant amount of debt to contend with. Luckily, there are ways to get around figuring out how to travel the world with no money, like travel grants, volunteering with international aid organizations, or teaching English as a second language abroad.
I ended up going with the latter, and it was one of the best travel experiences I’m ever likely to have. Not only was I able to experience vibrant culture in my year teaching, but I was able to pay off a decent portion of my student loan debt while also saving money for my return stateside. This wasn’t a particularly easy thing to do, but it is very possible if you remember a few key things.
Raising money in the modern age is a lot simpler than finding investors or getting a loan from the bank. All you need is an account on a crowdfunding site and a good story, and if you’re lucky, the funds will start pouring in. It’s become a popular way to fund trips across the country and around the world.
It’s also an old trend — just look at Christopher Columbus, who crowdfunded his way across the Atlantic Ocean.
If you’ve managed to successfully crowdfund your latest trip, what is the next step? Here’s what you need to do.
Create a Timeline
This is something you should have completed before your campaign reached its goal, but it’s not too late to get one started. Not only does it help you keep your trip itinerary straight, but it can also help you show your donors where their money is going.
“There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy, hypocrisy, fraud and tyranny.”
– Frederick William Robertson
You’re on vacation in a foreign country. You check in to the hotel, leave your luggage in your room, grab the most needful items and go sightseeing. There’s so much to investigate!
Once you’re out, you notice a souvenir shop with cute backpacks. “I need to have one,” you think. In this very moment, you remind yourself you’ve only US dollars in your purse. “Right. I need to find a currency exchange.” You look around, notice at least three, and choose to go to the closest one.
Once you get there, you hand in $100 and receive some money in the local currency. “Perfect! Now I can buy that backpack!” you think. While you’re walking down the street towards the shop, elated, you pass by another currency exchange. You stop to check their rates and realize you’ve just been conned.
Does this situation sound familiar?
How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off By A Currency Exchange
Everyone knows that a problem that all students face is lack of money. Because of that, we are listing some tips and tricks on how to travel the world when you have a limited amount of funds.
How to Prepare for the Trip:
There is one major thing that stops students from traveling, which is money. Traveling can be expensive. However, it doesn’t have to be. This article shows that you do not need to be rich to travel the world. Read on to find out more.
Get a Part-Time Job
There are many jobs out there that you could do to earn some spare cash. For example, house sitting is a great part-time job, and the money is good, which is an added bonus. The concept behind it is very simple, someone pays you to stay in their house while they are away. In turn, you do some of the tasks, for example, feed and walk the dog, water the plants, etc. They have the comfort of knowing that their items are safe in their house and their pets are okay. You, on the other hand, get some extra cash.