Watching the pennies on your world tour means youll be more flexible, spontaneous and open to different opportunities than if you throw a load of cash at an expensive itinerary - and youre likely to get a real taste of the places youre visiting. Check out our tips on how to travel the world on a budget, and youll be heading home with a backpack full of stories as well as a healthy bank account.
Save as much as you can before you go
It goes without saying that you should scrimp and save every last penny you possibly can before you set off on your big trip. Back to mum and dads, extra part-time jobs, no takeaways, forget Glastonbury or Ibiza for a year - whatever it takes.
Buy a round-the-world ticket
Once youve secured your travel cash, shop around for the best value round-the-world ticket that suits your needs. STA and Trailfinders have been sending happy backpackers around the world for many years, and are good places to start.
Choose budget destinations
Your backpacker budget will stretch far further in destinations like India, Nepal, South East Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam), Peru and Ecuador rather than the US, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand or Western Europe.
Find cheap and cheerful accommodation
Dont book too much of your accommodation in advance from home. Once you get talking to your fellow travellers youll be amazed at the array of seriously affordable and, quite frankly, crazy accommodation available. Throw yourself into shoestring travel and stay in hostels, b&bs, guest houses and campsites rather than hotels. You may have a few sleepless nights, but theyll be worth it for the travel tales.
Savour street food
It doesnt take a genius to realise that dining in fancy restaurants, or even tourist hangouts, will eat into your precious budget. Look out for the places popular with locals and give the street food a go. If youve got kitchen facilities in your hostel, go to the supermarket and cook up a storm.
Take buses and trains
By avoiding backpacker-themed trips or unnecessary flights and hopping aboard with the locals, youll save a fortune. Youll also take some journeys youll never forget!
Plan to work overseas
Before you go, find out which countries you are able to get a working visa for, and get it sorted well in advance. For example, young Brits can currently apply for working visas or working holiday schemes in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore and Japan.
You could do anything from hotel, office, construction or farm work to teaching English, which will top up your travelling fund nicely. Its worth studying for a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification before your trip if you think this would suit you. If youre a good writer and lucky enough to get someone to pay you for some travel blogging work, then do it!
Try not to blow your budget taking helicopter trips and white water rafting rides during your first two weeks. Plan which of the more expensive activities you fancy before you go, and make sure you put the cash aside for these. Research free and inexpensive things to do in your chosen destinations, and talk to people when you get there. Youll find that youll have much more enriching and memorable experiences if you force yourself off the well-worn backpacker tracks.Top