My favorite cheap travel tip thus far is WorkAway.info. This is a fabulous way to travel if you land the right gig. Depending on how much time you want to spend in the same place, this could be a great option to cut back on costs and lengthen your trip.
For example, while staying for a few days on Kao San Road I realized I wanted to spend some serious time in Thailand, so I got on WorkAway and hooked up with a Canadian lady that had just purchased an old restaurant on Koh Lanta and wanted to turn it into a bar.
I was on it! Two days, three buses and one ferry ride later my tuk-tuk driver lurched to a halt in front of the old restaurant.
Within a week we had opened the bar, I ended up extending my visa another month and was able to get a local deal on a trip to Koh Phangan for the Full Moon party (on Christmas). I also went with my “boss” and a few other work-awayers on an open sea kayaking trip full of fresh fruit and wild monkeys! Swam at midnight in bio-luminescent plankton, and celebrated New Years on the beach surrounded by fireworks and lanterns.
The way it works
WorkAway.info is a way for anyone who needs help to “hire” someone to work a set amount of days and hours in exchange for accommodation and meals. This can range from fruit picking to child care, bar tending to guest house promoting. Usually you work 4 hours a day for 5 days a week, with weekends off, free accommodation, one free daily meal, and most of the time free transportation. Some gigs vary slightly, but this is the main gist. It’s an incredible experience to be had!
Want to find out how I start saving for a trip? Read my, “How to save money for travel – A backpackers perspective” here!