Ask ten people and you’ll get ten different answers. Part of that is understandable — it depends where you go, how you travel and what you want to do. But what if you just want a solid figure, a rough estimate?
That’s a question long time traveler Nora Dunn recently set out to answer over at Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You to be Rich blog (don’t worry, the site isn’t as obnoxious as the title makes it sound).
Dunn’s conclusion? You can travel the world for $14,000 a year.
Ultra-budget vagabonds might complain that that figure is a bit high, but for those just getting started, it makes a good rough estimate. And Dunn has quite a few tips to help keep your spending down, if you think that’s too high.
Many of the budget slimming suggestions and cheap travel websites will be familiar for vagabonds, but one standout that I’d never heard of before is the budget airline search engine WhichBudget.com. Which Budget is a bit different than most airline search engines in that it doesn’t book flights. Rather the site is designed to help you find small, often regional budget airlines that offer cheap fares, but don’t get listed in the major flight search engines.
Say for instance you want to fly from Bangkok to Singapore. Plug that search into a big search engine like Expedia and you might well miss out on results from Tiger Airways, JetStar and other budget airlines that Which Budget recommends. Which Budget doesn’t book flights, but it is a great tool for making sure you check all your options (even the ones you don’t know about).
The rest of Dunn’s piece covers perennial vagabond tricks like working for accommodation, volunteering, homestays and many other great ways to save some money on the road. Check it out and be sure to add Which Budget to your bookmarks.