All posts tagged: Money And Travel

Different Ways Of Making Money Travel Blogging

One of the frequently asked questions that travel bloggers come across is how do they make money travel blogging, and it is only natural for someone to ask so. I mean travelling is an expensive hobby. You have a week-long holiday inGoa and you end up spending a couple of thousand Rupees — at the very least. But if you dedicatedly work on your blog, you eventually start reaping the benefits. Most bloggers who quit their job to travel and blog full-time start making money during the first year of their blogging-stint. Though of course, the money generated is often not enough, and bloggers always have to rely on other sources of income (for example, I rely on freelance writing heavily — Read: How I Make Money Travel Blogging) there are still enough ways of generating revenues from your blog. Different bloggers moreover use different ways of making money. But before I disclose all the ways I know of (or have tried in the past) let me put a word of warning first. If your goal of …

Tips On How To Save Money On Travel Accommodation

Often when people ask about my few highlighted budget travel trips, they point out the cost of accommodation and say it’s simply not possible. “You did a road trip to Spiti Valley, for 9 days, in under 5000 rupees? Where the hell did you sleep, man? Under the stars?” – Yes, that’s where I slept. Inside my tent. And under the stars. I save most of my money on travelling because of two reasons: I eat anything, and I sleep anywhere. Though don’t take it literally, but what I am trying to convey here is that I always look for the best, and a budget deal, and that’s how I achieve my long-term travel goals. I avoid hotels and say no to luxury resorts (unless the trip is sponsored, of course). Moreover, when you barely stay in a hotel for most of the day – there is no point in paying a 10,000 Rupee bill and bleed unnecessary money. So I stick to the other side of the spectrum: I stay in hostels, dormitories, and …

How Much It Costs To Travel In Cambodia?

A lot of people, before I travelled Cambodia by myself, proposed that Cambodia is meant for budget backpackers. They would ostentatiously boast about how easy it was for them to survive a day in under USD 20. “But USD 20 a day is not cheap,” I’d say to myself. Sure it’s not too bad, but when back home you’re dealing with a currency which is 70 against a dollar (1 USD ≈ 70 Indian Rupees), it’s inevitable for you to moan a little on a daily 20 dollar bill – especially when you’re addicted to the idea of budget travelling! 10 dollars a day would have sounded better. I mean Cambodia is not a kind of place you would want to go for a luxury holiday. You must be able to travel inside Cambodia on almost no money at all! But managing your accounts can be tricky in Cambodia – for the country has everything seemingly available for a minimum bill of “JUST ONE DOLLAAAAAR” – as Cambodians often quote. A shared ride in Tuktuk – …

Top Money Saving Tips To Travel In Cambodia

Cambodia can be a cheap country to travel, if only you know how to keep a right approach and deal with locals the right way. During my travel, I met a few backpackers who were spending over 50 dollars a day, despite living much lavishly. They had no idea where they’re bleeding money. The problem was, they were Europeans, travelling in one of the poorest economies in Asia, with every local eye being set on their bank account. Travelling does not have to be expensive, particularly not if you’re travelling in a country like Cambodia. I travelled for 20 days here and spent no more than an average of $10 per day (read more about it here). What I did differently? I followed these 7 money saving tips: Negotiate the right price Just like any other Southeast Asian countries, negotiation is a daily affair in Cambodia. Expect literally no one telling you the fair price of a product here – particularly those products that are priced for 1 dollar. For a rule of thumb, remember that …

How Much Money You Need To Travel In Thailand?

Plannning a holiday in Thailand? Find out how much money you need and budget better! My Southeast Asian odyssey is almost about to finish now, and it’s been unreal. I am currently in Cambodia (as I’m writing this article) and so far the entire journey has been bloody generous – in terms of experiences, as well as the expenses. I always harp on about travelling being cheaper than people think and I stand by that. I am sure you can travel pretty much anywhere in the world in under USD 25 (or Indian Rupees 1500) a day, and when it comes to Southeast Asia, be rest assured, you can survive for much cheaper. Speaking of Thailand, however, the country can be expensive or unbelievably inexpensive, as you want it to be. Here you can find super cheap hostels, for less than USD3 a night, and then seemingly right next door you can find a luxurious property charging you a whopping USD10,000 a night. Understand What Kind Of Traveller You Are On a short vacation, you tend …

How To Travel Cheap During A Peak Travel Season

Last month when I was returning from my solo bike jounry to Spiti Valley, I decided to kill a few nights in the town of Vashish, near Manali, in Himachal Pradesh. Looking for a place to sleep, I went to my usual place, where I’d stayed for at least a dozen times before. I like its peaceful ambience and the location which allows you to sit almost at top of the sleepy town of Vashisth, overlooking the mountains. But as I enquired about the price for a room, out of courtesy, despite being very much familiar with it, I went a little flabbergasted. “No, just one bedroom” I repeated with all innocence, before the caretaker repeated, twice, the exact same figure. “It’s 1,200 Rupees a night sir”. The same room which I’d earlier – 3 months ago – owned for about 400 Rupees a night, was now available for a whopping 1,200 Rupees. Then I saw a group of teenagers, seemingly from New Delhi, and I realised that this is the time of the year when Vashisth gets its …

9 Ways To Travel Smarter And Cheaper

When I tell people that I’ve been travelling for the past two years, without having any source of steady income, they frown upon me, and ask, without sparing a second, “Then how do you fund your travels? You must be rich.” People think travelling is an expensive hobby. They think it is only possible to travel, and travel regularly if you either earn in an impressive figure, or your father was hopelessly wealthy. In my case, neither were true. Perhaps that’s why, when I’d initially told my friends, two years ago, that I am quitting my job to travel, they couldn’t believe me. A few asked if I’d won a lottery.  Sure travelling costs money. But if you do it the right way, you might not need much of it. For example, three weeks in Cambodia should take no more than USD 350. Similarly, two weeks in Thailand should be travelled in under USD 280. And then travelling cheap doesn’t mean living under bad conditions. If you go for local experiences or look for something beyond the traditional way …

How To Save Money For Travel: 4 Tips

People often ask me how I make my travel dreams possible. They assume that I am either lucky or independently wealthy. Well, to innocently admit it, I am not independently wealthy. Though you can call me a little lucky, for I’ve been travelling for almost two years now, and without having any steady source of income. But there’s more to it. Before anything,  here’s a little on how I afford my travel. If you’re considering travel more seriously and a little more frequently you need to be smart with your money – and that starts before you hit the road. Here are 4 proven, self-tested and effective ways to save money before you start travelling: 1. Avoid Eating Out Love your local restaurant? Well, that local restaurant loves your money. Avoid it. Restaurants and takeaways are a little too expensive nowadays, I get sticker shocker every time I get the bill. “You need how much for a meal?” I lose my heart as I hear the figure in reply. As an advantage, I know cooking, …

How I Afford My Travels

After more than two years of uninterrupted travel, the most common question I still get is: “How do you afford traveling all the time?” Well, here’s my answer… Since 2015, I have been living out of my backpack, while exploring an assortment of new places all over the globe. And it is because of that,  the commonest question I still get is, “how do I afford to travel so much?”. To most of the people, it looks like I am having a blast (which I sure am). But there’s more to it. I’ve worked hard to make this happen. And interestingly, even after two years of full-time travel blogging travelling, I still struggle most of the months in a year to make money from travel blogging. But first things first, here’s how I DON’T fund my travels. My parents, family, and friends don’t give a dime to my globetrotting. And there is no single company sponsoring my ventures. Though I keep finding temporary sponsors, on the way, I do not have a particular organisation taking care of all my travels. I …

How To Deal With Money And Travel

What’s that one thing that curbs people from travelling? The near-universal answer… Money! I mean, why anyone would want to spend their life sitting in a cubicle or attending boring corporate meetings when they can rather travel, hopping places, seeing the beauty of this world. It is because of money! Though it’s a different thing that some people don’t realise it and end up saying, or perhaps believing, that they have responsibilities. And what responsibilities you ask, “Of earning money”; or “of taking care of their family, by earning money”. So believe it or not, it all comes down to money. Because most of us are not aware of the fact that it does not take an overwhelming amount of money to travel. No, travelling is not expensive! Though of course, travelling is not something that can be done for free, if you have travelled a little you know how to bring your travel costs down. And rest assured, as a full-time nomad, I can promise you that you don’t need to be rich to travel. Just be …