These are options for traveling on a budget
Before going on our trip of a lifetime, we had lots of options to chose from. We chose the option that was best for us. By living with our host family, we did not have to pay rent nor for our meals. They gave us money at the end of the week, so that helped us when we left for Barcelona and Valencia. I’m sorry I don’t have the exact amount of money we spent on the whole trip. To give you an idea, we paid for our transportation tickets and extra activities when we were not with the Canet family. Our trip did not cost us a fortune. It was a very affordable and unforgettable.
Everything that is mentionned below was considered during our search.
1. Exchanging homes
Have you ever seen the movie “The Holiday”? It’s a romantic comedy, where two women exchange homes for the holidays. When I saw this movie, I fell in love with the idea. Since then, I am still waiting for the perfect opportunity to exchange with someone!
We had a free trial, and then we started paying to have our pictures up. We had a couple of responses from around Europe, that was super exciting! Then someone from Brussels, Belgium replied to our interest to their home. Everything was going as planned until we found Scotia Personnel. We don’t regret our choice. The chance to exchange homes will come again soon enough.
2. House sitting
This was something interesting too. You go to a person’s home and you “babysit” the house while this person returns from his or her vacation. You might even babysit a pet while you’re there! This is a very exciting opportunity, just because you don’t need to lend your house to anybody. You just pay for your flight, meals and activities. Perfect!
3. Rent an appartment!
It can get expensive, but you can still get good deals. If you are leaving your country long enough like we did, you get the privacy, but you have to be willing to pay the price. This option was considered when we were thinking about working a real job (with a visa). It was too complicated and stressful to organize.
Hostels are great too if you want to be constantly on the move (backpacking). They can also get expensive depending on the city and quality of the hostel, but they are usually less expensives than hotels. A lot of them are very modern looking and can be even nicer than a hotel too. We booked one in Valencia city called Home Youth Hostel.
5. Couch surfing
Couch surfing is getting more popular and people are getting more open to it. It sounds strange, but it’s a very good way to meet new people all over the world. You get to live with people who know the place you are visiting, and that’s what makes it a unique experience. Much like living with a host family, it is free, and the person who lets you in their home will show you the attractions and culture of the place.
6. Host families
Our final option, and the best one for us! This is perfect for people who are looking for a working holiday! It is a Canadian company who helps people between the age of 18-30 benefit from an experience in a foreign country from a 2 month summer stay, to a full year. This company will guide you through all the paperwork, and save you a lot of time, because they search and contact the host families. So do the first move, and they will do the rest. They guarantee you a job before you leave for the country you selected… Perfect!!
If you have any other ways to travel on a budget, write a comment!