In certain places we have traveled, such as New Zealand, Australia, and Europe, the great distances and epic outdoors make renting a car or campervan the best way to travel.
In previous blog posts, I have talked about how Joe and I stick to our $50 per day round-the-world travel budget. Since we are not currently bringing in any income on the road and are instead relying on our pre-travel savings, a large part of our focus is on reducing costs in order to save money and stay within budget. One money-saving strategy we have utilized on our trip has been to do Workaways.
Although it may seem counterintuitive, credit cards are a huge part of the way we survive as budget backpackers. Many years ago, I was introduced to the concept of “travel hacking”, which is basically signing up for credit cards that give you airline, hotel, or travel points. Most of the points come as sign-up bonuses for spending a certain amount, but I also accrue points by earning 1-5 points per dollar spent in my daily life.
In my last post I talked about our budget for a year of round-the-world travel, which is $50 per day per person, and how we arrived at that number. $18,250 per year may sound like a lot of money, but it goes fast when we only have $50 a day to cover lodging, food, transport, flights, excursions, sightseeing, toiletries, and incidentals. In this post, I will describe some of the tricks we use to save or manage our money so we can stick to our RTW backpacking budget. For some of these points I will go into more detail in future posts, but for now here is a brief overview of how we save money on the road.