Money Saving 2

 

There are no ifs and buts about it: at some point while you’re on the road you’re going to realise you’re running through your funds quicker than you’d hoped. But there are ways to stretch your cash further and break your bad spending habits. Here are five more tried and tested ways to make your cash go further while you are on the road.

 

6: Write it Down:

For one week on the road, try to keep a list of what you spend each day, from that random bottle of water to what you shouted your new friends on booze. Keeping a diary of expenses lets you look at where your cash is going, where your weaknesses are, and where you can cut back.

Only for the brave: if you really want to spook yourself, you can work  an average of how much you are spending each day, and divide that what’s left of your travel funds by that number.

7. Use your Skills

Some of the most intrepid people I’ve met travelling used their skills on the road. I once saw a hairdresser make a few hundred pounds cutting hair after putting up a sign at my hostel in Jeffrey’s Bay. She was so popular, she ended up taking appointments. But there are other ways I’ve seen people do it- selling jewellery, drawing portraits, even one guy helping people do their tax online!

A word of warning: Try to avoid anything that might be illegal, and keep in mind there may not be a market for your kind of special skill.

8. Get Dirty, Get Clean

One of the biggest unexpected money drainers for travellers on an extended RTW is laundry.  Don’t be surprised if you get a whopping £10 bill for each backpack load of smelly clothes. Over a year, that’s the equivalent of a month’s accommodation- and a lot of left over beer money- while you’re on the road. Instead, wash your own. Before you go, head to Tesco’s and grab a bar of laundry soap, pick up a travel washing line from a specialist travel shop, and scrub your shirts in the sink.

However: some stains and smells still need a proper machine wash. Be prepared every few months to do a load to give your clothes that fresh feeling.

9. Grab yourself an egg and beat it

Forget eating out- eat standing up. No matter where you are in the world, you’ll find an ample supply of tasty and cheap street food from samosas in India to hot dogs in New York. I’ve stood on the Ko San Road and watched a restaurant sneakily buy pad Thai off a street vendor, before sticking it on a plate and feeding it to tourists for five times the price, so keep in mind it’s almost always cheaper to eat standing up. The other way to slash what you spend on food is to stay in a hostel with a kitchen and cook your own. Most hostels have a shared food shelf where people leave leftover ingredients, which can also halve your grocery bill. And if your hostel offers you a free breakfast: make sure you’re out of bed in time to eat it.

The Caveat: Know thy own stomach capabilities and be picky about where you eat and who you buy your food from. Watch the food being cooked, eat where the locals are eating and if you know something is going to make you sick, don’t eat it.

10. Ground Force

Your RTW ticket is expertly planned and all paid for, but another unexpected money drainer is how much money you’re going to blow getting around on the ground from It-town A to Must-See B. You might want to see everything, but those three and four hour bus rides between towns drain time and funds. The simple solution is to spend longer in few places. You’ll get to know a place better, meet more people, and save money and time.

Take heart:  you won’t be missing out; you’ll just have a more in-depth experience. 

 

 

 

Mistakes

 

 


 

 

When planning round the world adventures, there are some common mistakes that crop up time and time again. But they can be avoided – and this is how.

 

 

MISTAKE ONE: Overplanning

There’s so much of the world you want to see, and so little time. To cram in everything you want to experience, there needs to be a certain degree of efficiency and time management. But don’t fall into the trap of planning a strict itinerary for every day months in advance. It’ll turn the adventure into a gruelling exercise in following self-imposed orders. You need to build in time to do things on a whim, deal with hangovers and do laundry. A rough outline of what to do where and when is good, but overplanning can turn a joy into a chore.



MISTAKE TWO: Too much travelling, not enough time

Just because you’re going round the world doesn’t mean that you have to try and see the whole world. You can always go back to see the bits you missed the first time. Trying to do the works often means you do very little - other than sitting in airports or trundling buses. It’s not a race to tick off as many countries as possible, and it’s better to see something more sedately and take it in rather than rampage round it for two hours, then get a five hour bus journey to somewhere else.

 

 

MISTAKE THREE: Too little planning

Some travellers are inherently more relaxed than others, and some destinations are all about doing nothing. But you can only get so far by going with the flow – sometimes you need to get organised. At an extreme example, going with the flow too much can get you turfed away from India, China or Vietnam because you haven’t sorted your visa out. But perhaps worse is that nagging feeling when you get back that you’ve been away for a year, yet haven’t seen or done anything. Even the sketchiest of plans is worth having.

 

 

MISTAKE FOUR: Not checking the weather

Many people have a tendency to work on the “it’s abroad, so the weather must be great” policy. Such assumptions can turn a round-the-world jaunt into a constant trek through biting winds and monsoons. Unless you really like getting wet, you’re best off avoiding Northern Australia between December and March, for example. Similarly, Cape Town has a beautiful climate for most of the year, but descends into chilly, drizzle-lashed gloom between June and August. Armed with a little meteorological nous, you can make sure your itinerary largely follows the sun.

 

 

MISTAKE FIVE: Letting the ticket become a strait-jacket

Once the ticket is bought, the flights are paid for and the dates are set, it’s all too easy to assume that that’s it. But what if you’re having such a great time in Thailand, there’s more you want to see of the country and there’s a potentially amazing festival coming up in the next few days? It’s tempting to say: “Shame – I’m booked to fly to Australia tomorrow” and just go. But often the cost of putting the flight back a few days is very low – and your initial ticket itinerary shouldn’t be seen as something that has to be rigidly adhered to.

 

 

MISTAKE SIX: Showing up without somewhere to stay

There’s a lot to be said for the make it up as you go along attitude, but not when it comes to that first night’s accommodation. Even if you book just one night in advance in a new destination, it can save you an awful lot of stress and mental anguish. Turning up in a strange city after a long flight, not really knowing where you’re going, is horrible. It’s even worse if it’s hot/ chucking down with rain, you’re pounding the streets with a 70kg backpack and most of the accommodation is booked up due to a festival or major conference you didn’t know about.

 

 

MISTAKE SEVEN: Skipping the travel insurance

You may congratulate yourself on saving a few quid, but you won’t if something goes wrong. And while we don’t want to sound like your mother, a lot can. A stolen phone or wallet, a cancelled hotel because of a flight delay, a bag going missing – the cost of all of these tends to be higher than the cost of the insurance. But where it gets really serious is injury and illness – medical expenses on the road can be terrifyingly expensive without insurance, while something grave enough to require repatriation can leave you in debt for life.

 

 

MISTAKE EIGHT: Being unrealistic with the budget

Travelling costs money – even in relatively cheap destinations such as South East Asia and South America. And they’re not as cheap as they used to be. Most travellers end up spending at least 50% more than they expect to – but very few of them regret doing so. Just be realistic – you’ll get by on £10 a day some days, but not every day. Another key mistake is expecting to make money through work as soon as you land in Australia and New Zealand – it generally takes at least three to four weeks to find a job, and even then you might not get the first pay packet for a fortnight or a month.

 

 

MISTAKE NINE: Being too tight

You’re on what might be a once in a lifetime trip. If you get an amazing opportunity to experience something you’ll probably not be able to experience again, you should probably take it, even if it blows the budget a little. In later life, what are you going to regret more – spending that extra £50 or not riding the elephant? Trying to eke out a trip on a microbudget can be a miserable existence. There’s no point in going to the other side of the world to do and see nothing – sometimes you just need to put your hand in your pocket and realise why you came away in the first place.

 

 

MISTAKE TEN: Putting it off for too long

Taking a few months to go off around the world can seem like a big step, and thus it’s something that many people decide to put off for a couple of years. And then that couple of years goes by, they’re in a good job or personal circumstances have changed. This goes on until it’s white picket fences, school runs and a nagging feeling that you’ve missed out. Look for excuses TO do the RTW trip – not excuses not to do it. As a general rule, if you really fancy taking the plunge, now is always the best time.

By David Whitley

 

David Whitley

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Saving in Australia

 


 

Australia’s days as a cheap destination are well and truly over (well, for the moment at least). The glory days of getting three Australian dollars to the pound faded into the distance long ago. But this doesn’t mean that you have to feel priced out of visiting Australia – it’s simply a case of spending your money smarter. And by utilising some of the following tips, you can make your budget extend a lot further...

Try and line up some work before you go


If you’ve got contacts in Oz – be it friends, family or links through the company you work for at home – shamelessly pump them for assistance. If you can line up some work before you arrive in the country, you’ve got a massive head start on those who haven’t.

Keep some money back

On year-long round the world trips, many travellers assume that Australia will be the place where they can stop for a good few months and earn some money with which to fund the rest of the trip. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this assumption, but a common mistake is to arrive in Australia from South East Asia with barely a cent to your name. Unfortunately, it takes time to find work – often a month or more – and if you’re planning on staying in one place for a while, deposits on short-lease apartments can be chunky.

Avoid the Sydney trap

A lot of travellers arrive in Sydney, and end up having such a good time that they blow most of their savings within a couple of weeks. They then desperately try to recoup so that they can move on, but are so busy continuing to have a good time that they can never afford to break away and do some actual travelling. It’s an expensive city to live in (although pay rates tend to be better too), and if you can, make your entry point another Australian city. Perth or Brisbane, for example, can be less wallet-intensive options to base yourself for a while.

Go bush


If you’re really serious about working and saving money, then heading to regional parts of Australia and looking for harvest work is probably the way forward. It’s extremely hard labour, but positions are almost always available – there are rarely enough Australians willing to pick fruit all day in the hot sun. There are two key bonuses to enduring it, however. The first is that there’s less to spend your money on whilst in the middle of nowhere – you’ll save up more rapidly. The second is that you can get a year’s extension on your Australian working holiday visa if you do three months of harvest work in regional Australia.

Get a YHA membership card

It doesn’t matter if you never stay in a YHA hostel while you’re in Australia, the YHA card is a superb passport to discounts on everything from tours and bus tickets to pizzas and attraction entry. Almost certainly, it will more than repay the investment.

Buy a bottle, bypass the bar

Anyone pretending that drinking isn’t a major cost for most travellers is living in a fantasy land. For those who like a good night out, going teetotal as a budgeting measure will completely defeat the point of being in Australia in the first place. But you can save money by changing how you drink. Sure, you’re going to hit the pubs and bars reasonably regularly, but try and intersperse these costly nights out with sociable drinks in the hostel/ apartment or over a picnic or barbecue in the park/ by the beach. The takeout bottles and cans (or, if you must, ‘goon’ wine from a box) work out much cheaper. 

Head north

As a general rule, the further north you go the better the deals for accommodation and food get - hostels and destinations as a whole try to keep people there for more than just a few days. Hostel prices tend to be lower in Queensland, with dinner either thrown in for free or at a ridiculously low price. Hotels also tend to have more competition and can be desperate for clientele – particularly outside of peak season.

Look for meal deals and BYO restaurants

Obviously, the best way to save money on food is to cook it yourself. However, you’re probably going to want to eat out occasionally. Good value (and surprisingly decent quality) pub grub is prevalent across Australia and while Sydney’s $5 steak wars ended a few years ago, there’s no shortage of places to eat for under a tenner.  If it’s more of a special occasion, look for BYO restaurants where you can bring in your own bottles of wine for a small ‘corkage’ fee rather than pay through the nose for the house red. Otherwise, the city centre food courts and abundance of cheap Thai restaurants are good options for eating out on a budget.

Think carefully about transport

 

There are many ways of getting around Australia, and each has their pros and cons. If you’re just planning to hop between a few key sites, budget airlines will probably work out cheapest, although you’ll miss out on everything on the way. For solo travellers who want to see a lot of the country but aren’t overly fussed about having the freedom of their own wheels, a Greyhound bus pass with a kilometre limit will usually work out cheapest.  If you’re driving, the first priority is to get a group together – splitting petrol and rental costs between four works out much cheaper than trying to do it as a duo. Campervans can be surprisingly expensive, and site costs at caravan parks aren’t as cheap as you might think, so it’s worth doing your sums to see if a normal car would be a better bet. Use a selection of comparison sites to find the best deal if so. Buying a car works out as a bigger expense up front – plus you need to sort out tax, registration and paper work. But if you can sell it for a reasonable percentage of what you bought it for once the road trip is over, it will almost certainly work out cheaper. Unless, of course, you buy an old banger that constantly needs repairing or you don’t leave yourself enough time to sell it at the end of the trip...

 

 

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