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Hi, I’m Jessie!

This blog is where I share my love of photography, travel, and food from my home base in Mexico and beyond.

Money Saving Tips for World Travel

Money Saving Tips for World Travel

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There are a lot of tips out there on how to save money, I’m not a financial blogger so I will stick to writing about my own experiences for what I do to save some extra cash for my world travel fund. Besides being savvy when booking flights and accommodation (more on that in a future post), I do two things.

Money Saving Tip #1

I save money by making extra money. How do I do it? With VIPKID. Don’t know what VIPKID is? Briefly, it’s a super legit online platform where Americans and Canadians are hired to tutor Chinese children who are learning English from the comfort of your home computer. See, why I love it so much is I can teach 2 hours a day, 5 days a week before going to my 9-5 and I will have earned an extra $1,000 for the month. There is no work involved before or after class. You just login, teach for 25 minutes and that’s it! You make up to $10.5 per 25min class! You can work whenever you want and take days off whenever you need. Visit their website to learn more and get started!

Money Saving Tip #2

When I was backpacking and planning on being abroad for months at a time, I used Workaway to help extend my trip without costing me too much more money. Workaway is a website where travelers can search by city and country to find hosts that need volunteers. Usually, in exchange for your time you are given free accommodation and sometimes meals. I loved using Workaway during my last backpacking trip. You can find all kinds of volunteer opportunities. From hostel/hotel work, farming, house care, there are so many awesome opportunities to learn a new skill and meet amazing people. I did 3 Workaways on my previous trip. They were all hostel volunteer opportunities in great locations with amazing staff and guests. In total, I spent about 4 months living for free in hostels with breakfast included. Not a bad way to significantly extend a trip without having to spend much at all!

My time volunteering on Workaways was some of my very best memories from my trip. I could write a whole post on how awesome it was. I felt like I had a home and was part of a community when I volunteered. When you are solo traveling like I was, it can get a bit lonely and tiring moving around so much, but having a place to stay put for a while when volunteering really helped me to reground before I got back on the road.

Money Saving Tips for World Travel

You may be a little surprised that there are only 2 main things I do to save money and extend my trips. You can find lists all over the internet with more ideas like teaching abroad, cutting back on expenses at home, couch surfing, house sitting, etc, but for now these are the two things that I have found that work best for me financially and also fit my travel goals. I also want this blog to consist of authentic posts about my personal experiences, not listicles of generic information that I can’t speak deeply about. Once I can speak for myself about something, then I’ll write about it. If you have any awesome money saving tips that you use, let me know in the comments below or shoot me an email! I’d love to hear from you!

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