Expert traveler’s ultimate secret on how to travel for less.

Expert traveler’s ultimate secret on how to travel for less.

Traveling for less is not a hoax. In fact, there are successful travelers who have seen the world without having to spend as much as one would think is necessary. Be it travelling in a local bus, eating at a not-so-fancy restaurant, hitchhiking, walking or teaching a skill on the go, these awesome people find a way to see the world. At Ichiqoo, we interviewed 3 successful travelers to understand how many places they have visited and how they were able to do it. What sets them apart from the rest of the world is planning, dedication and the urge to travel. Some call it freedom. Others call it, escape. Whatever it may be, we think they are awesome and are happy to share their story.

Johnny Ward, One Step 4ward

An Irish guy left home 10 years ago with no money but with a dream to live a better life. Meet Johnny. He taught English in Asia, traveled a lot and ran out of money. Figured there was more and the cycle continued. He has visited pretty much every country in the world while blogging. His tagline is ‘Dream Big. Travel Far. Live Full’. Sounds pretty much like what he does!

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Hello, Johnny,

How many places have you traveled to so far?

I have traveled to 194 of the 197 countries in the world. Yet to cover Yemen, Saudi, and Norway and I have seen the world.

What is your average cost per day spend in a foreign land?

It has varied a lot, I was broke when I first started so $10-$15 a day was my budget. Now my blog is successful it can be a lot more!

If there is one tip you can give for saving cost on travel, what would that be?

I’d focus more on making money online, and less on saving money. That’s the key to freedom.

Tell us about this picture of yours.

I was Hitchhiking on the top of the longest train the world, through the Sahara, carrying Iron Ore overnight in Mauritania as I slept atop it. AMAZING!

Olivia Grech, A Northerner Abroad

If you fancy history and travel, you must know Olivia Grech. A full-time student and a part-time culture enthusiast, she loves to travel and calls herself a self-professed history novice. Her travel blog is a beginner’s guide to discovering the historical roots of cities of the world.

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Hello, Olivia!

How many places have you traveled to so far?

So far I have visited 21 countries, although there are so much more that I hope to get to in the next few years!

What is your average cost per day spend in a foreign land?

I think this completely depends on where you are, for instance when visiting Paris, although I aimed to save as much money as possible, food and museum entry fees, for example, are much more expensive than places such as Vietnam. In Paris, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and public transport and on average 3 museum entry fees may have cost me around the equivalent to £50/60, however in India; the same may have cost me only the equivalent to £20.

If there is one tip you can give for saving cost on travel, what would that be?

My number one tip would be to fully research your destination’s public transport. The majority of main cities have excellent public transport, metro systems, trams, trains or buses so take full advantage of them where and when you can, it can be a lot cheaper than getting taxies everywhere. Also if you’re a student remember your card- a lot of museums and tourist attractions offer discounts.

Tell us about this picture of yours.

I have attached a photo of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam during one of my recent travels- it was beautiful! I have also shared a picture of me at Temple of Literature in Hanoi.

Neetu Singh, Total Yoga

A yoga teacher for over a decade, Neetu is the founder of Total Yoga. Her belief is that a healthy mind and strong body can meditate and her classes focus on just that – making people stronger by helping people change their way of living.  She is living her dream by doing all four things that matter to her. Yoga, fitness, cooking delicious food for her students and travel!

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Hello, Neetu!

How many places have you traveled to so far?

I have been to over 50 places in total so far.

What is your average cost per day spend in a foreign land?

I try and keep my per day cost, lower than 20 dollars. I don’t shop so much and that saves a lot of costs

If there is one tip you can give for saving cost on travel, what would that be?

Use public transport and eat local food. Locals know where to get authentic meals at affordable costs. Go, where the locals go.

Tell us about this picture of yours.

I have attached a picture of myself doing yoga in Thailand. Calm,serene and just the way I like it. I have also shared pictures of local food and my trip on a public transport.

Ultimate secret to traveling for less is to plan ahead, use public transport, eat where the locals eat, avoid tourist joints and head to off the beaten track and may be, try and make money while traveling! What has worked for you so far? Tell us in comments.

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5 thoughts on “Expert traveler’s ultimate secret on how to travel for less.

  • December 26, 2016 at 7:59 am
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    Really great read! I’ve come to learn how to save a lot of money too when travelling, and its great to see others are doing exactly that too! Love the interview format too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • December 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm
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    Interesting interviews must we say. Even we get asked this question a lot, how come you guys travel so much. It is all about planning your trip in advance, doing a proper research and doing what the locals do. We have never ever booked a taxi in London or New York, it is always the Tube and the Subway. 🙂

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  • December 26, 2016 at 9:15 pm
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    Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive that’s for sure. We were able to travel around Central & South America for $30 a person and didn’t skimp. It’s all possible.

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  • December 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm
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    This is a great post on travelers that have seen the world and an inspiration to anyone who wishes to travel. It does not have to cost a lot and so amazing that Johnny has just about seen the world. How incredible. I hope to someday see half the places he’s been to

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  • December 30, 2016 at 3:35 am
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    They are inspirations! Making money online is something I am not able to crack.
    I got some courage to dream of a life filled with just travel. 🙂

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