Travelling has always been expensive with the cost of transport, lodging and food. However, it no longer is the case. The above costs still remain the same and in some cases, more so with inflation and fluctuating exchange rates. However, there are a lot more opportunities and ways in which one can travel without having to incur these costs.
What better way to understand and explore a place than to actually get to know and spend a few months with the locals of a country or city, and what better or easier way to do that than find work in a foreign country? It doesn’t necessarily have to be a permanent job requiring complicated paper work, but a simple seminar or an English class for company staff. Internships abroad are a great way to travel, gain exposure in your field and build connections with others sharing the same interests as you in a foreign country. You may even be able to find an Airbnb management service which caters to business travelers. This would definitely be a lot cheaper than a traditional hotel or even motel and they would be willing to put you up for longer than the usual couch surfer.
Although hitchhiking has a bad reputation for being rather dangerous, which it sometimes definitely may be, there are a few countries such as Central America, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia which are considered to be relatively safe for hitchhiking. This is a cheap and easy way of getting around when travelling.
Although it sounds rather dull, it is a great way to explore the major landmarks of a city and explore it from the ground level up. These are mostly free and can be found in most parts of the world. Walking and covering ground inch by inch has a certain charm to it for those who enjoy the finer details of a city or place. This is an interesting way to see the locals and the daily nitty gritties of any city and to see how it really functions rather than from the point of view of a tourist alone.
Getting free rail passes, airline deals, free miles and hotel promotions are obvious ways in which travel costs can be reduced, so always be on the lookout for such exciting opportunities to help you in your travels. Remember to make travel a priority on your to do list, if not, it will always be secondary to something more pressing and will never be something which materializes.