If you’re like us, the idea of traveling and working remotely probably sounds like a dream come true. But for the average person, the cost of travel is usually enough to stop them from even looking into the idea. What would you say if we told you that traveling while working remotely doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think it is? In fact, many people are able to make travel and work affordable by following a few simple tips.
Stay in one place longer
One of the major expenses you will find when traveling is lodging. The average hotel room can cost you anywhere from $50 to several hundreds of dollars. When you stay in a location for an extended period of time (we’re talking one or more months) you will usually be able to find a lower rate.
Airbnb and vacation rentals are great ways to find deals on lodging. Choosing to stay in a house rather than a hotel will not only save you money, but it will allow you to truly experience the place you are visiting by living where the locals are. Have a friend who lives in another country and needs a house sitter? It might be worth it to modify your plans a bit to get free lodging.
Another perk of living in a house? The kitchen. Eating on the road can get expensive fast. Staying in an area for a longer period of time allows you to settle in, buy groceries, and make your own meals.
Yes, you may be carrying more than the average traveler if you are living out of your suitcase, but that doesn’t mean you have to pack several bags. Not only will lugging around all those bags get really old, but it will tack on the costs.
Some airlines allow you to bring one checked bag for free. But if you are traveling on a budget airline, you may not even get a free carry on. This means that every bag you bring is going to add on to your expenses every time you hop on a plane. Try to bring only the necessities and don’t go overboard on the clothes. If you are staying in a house, you will likely have access to a washer and dryer. If not, there’s always the hotel sink.
Be budget-conscious with your destinations
There are certain places in the world that cost more than others. Australia, New Zealand, and Western Europe are notoriously expensive places for digital nomads. Extended stays in these locations can quickly destroy your travel budget.
We’re not saying you can never go to your dream destination, but you should limit these excursions. There are plenty of amazing places around the world that very affordable. Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe are great places to work remotely. Food and lodging are cheap and there are plenty of resources for the digital nomad. Plus, there is so much to see on your downtime.
Know what it takes to travel and work remotely
Being prepared is one of the most important things you can do to save money while traveling. Make a plan for where you want to go, what type of lodging you will use, and how you will make money. You also need to prepare for unexpected expenses.
At a minimum, you at least need to have your plans set for your first destination before you leave. Your following destinations can be decided the closer you get to moving on, but remember that prices for tickets and lodging go up the closer you get to your departure.
Don’t forget to set a plan for taxes and emergencies. Getting a huge tax bill at the end of the year or scrambling to figure out how you are going to pay for an unexpected expense can quickly derail your travel plans.