How You Can Benefit From A Work Exchange Program

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This year, I traveled around Europe for nearly 6 months in an attempt to solve my quarter-life crisis. As a money-saving measure, I nearly eliminated accommodation costs by couchsurfing, staying with friends, and doing several “work exchanges,” where I volunteered my time in exchange for food and a bed. The types of work exchanges available vary greatly, from farms to youth hostels, to summer camps to restaurants. Online networks such as WWOOF, HelpX, and Workaway help connect people to hosts in need of help.

Work exchanges are appealing to savvy travelers, not only because they can help you save money, but also because they provide learning opportunities, cultural immersion experiences, and much more. During my travels, I spent 2 weeks volunteering as a“native English speaker” at a language immersion program in Poland and nearly a month helping out a family in Ireland with a number of assorted jobs. Here are several important things I gained from these exchanges.…

Some “Van Damme” Good Ways To Get Home For The Holidays [VIDEO]

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The SALT™ Blog is taking off a day early for Thanksgiving, and our departure got us thinking about this holiday-themed video of the week from last year. Sure, the day before Thanksgiving may be a little late to change your turkey day travel plans (Van Damme could do it, or at least Timecop could); however, keep these tips in mind for your next trip. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!…

How To Travel In Style On An Entry Level Budget

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A recent article by Business Insider noted how millennials define success as having freedom and a strong sense of work-life balance. Not surprisingly, one of the top activities millennials like to do during their downtime is travel.

Let’s be real, though—it can seem hard to quell your wanderlust on an entry-level salary. You may not have paid vacation days yet, you may be paying back your student loans, and you may not be making much money.

Fortunately, there are ways to travel without breaking the bank. Follow some of my tips below to plan your next getaway.…

Follow Your Dreams By Taking These 4 Steps

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Ever since high school, my dream job has always been travel writing. Along the way, many people told me it would be too difficult—or even impossible. I believed it.

For a long time, I thought I would need to work a desk job forever, to pay my bills and student loans. I didn’t like cubicle life, so at the end of last year, I shifted my attitude and started thinking positively.

In May, I quit my 40-hour-per-week office job to pursue freelance travel writing. And now, I’m satisfied and happy.…

How To Eat On A Backpacker’s Budget When Traveling In Europe

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When you’re on vacation, your instinct is to do things the easy way—which means eating most of your meals at restaurants.

In Europe, it’s really easy to blow through your budget on food and drinks. The food is great, and the prices seem inexpensive (that is, if you were able to avoid issues with exchange rates or other banking fees). However, with a bit of effort, you can stretch your food budget much further.

Here are a few tips I’ve learned for how to save money on food while traveling.…

Save On Travel Accommodations By Staying With Locals

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When traveling, one of the biggest expenses is usually accommodations.

If you’re backpacking in Europe, you’ll likely find that hotels are out your price range—even budget ones usually cost at least $70 per night. Hostels could fit your budget better, but their prices vary greatly, with the minimum usually about $20 per night.

Fortunately, savvy travelers can find lodging that’s cheaper than this—or even free! As long as you do your research, maintain an open mind, and stay safety-conscious, you can stretch your cash by staying with locals. Here are different ways to do it.…

3 Hidden Costs That Could Crush Your Low-Budget Euro-Trip

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It’s easy to get confused while traveling—and it’s even easier for any “mistakes” you make to result in a fee or ticket of some kind.

Luckily, you can easily avoid many of these hidden costs if you look up rules, customs, and common fees for each city you’re traveling to, as well as for each company or bank you’re utilizing.

Check out three fees I’ve personally run into—and tips for how to avoid each.…

3 Must-Have Travel Accessories You Can Make Yourself

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With graduation season in full swing and the summer fast upon us, young travelers (including yours truly) are taking off for adventures all over the globe.

Inexperienced travelers should prepare for all kinds of situations. However, an entire industry exists to sell over-prepared and overcautious people “specialized” travel goods, like cushy eye masks and single-use laundry detergent sheets.

These products are definitely helpful—but they’re also definitely overpriced. Fortunately, for those traveling on a budget, you can make your own versions of these items. Here are three I didn’t leave home without.…

4 Tips For Packing Luggage For A Summer Trip

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Two summers ago, I went on a 7-week Euro trip. I spent lots of time meticulously prepping for my adventure, as I was determined to pack efficiently on a small budget while still being fashionable.

However, this was my first big trip, and as I traveled, I realized I had gone wrong in more ways than one. I’m now getting ready to travel again for several months, and this time, I’ve learned from my costlier mistakes. If you’re planning a big trip, you can benefit from these four lessons too.…