Did you know that money is the number one reason people don’t travel as much as they’d like to? If you often find yourself daydreaming about faraway lands while checking your savings account balance and cringing, you’re not alone. The thing is, you don’t have to be rich to travel far and often! Not these days. Here’s how you, too, can travel without breaking the bank.

1. Stay With Locals For Free

This option, of course, comes with a big ‘proceed with caution’ sticker attached to it, but it’s still one of the options available to you. Online travel communities, such as Couchsurfing, enable you to explore the world on the cheap while meeting like-minded people along the way.

Couchsurfers are able to stay on a host’s sofa or in their spare room for free, and the host will often show you around the city and take you in as a friend. To get started, all you need to do is sign up! You will be able to see reviews and comments left on a host’s profile to ensure you’ll be staying with someone safe.

2. Book Your Flights Ahead of Time

Although it may be hard to commit to booking a flight months before your trip, it could save your budget. During the offseason, particularly the months of May and November, flights will be much less expensive. Additionally, the earlier you book, the cheaper the flight will be.

3. Vacation During Transitional Periods

If you have a specific travel location in mind, consider going during transitional periods. For example, ski resorts are less busy during the spring and fall while beaches are less busy during the winter. Not only will the weather still be enjoyable during these periods, but you could potentially avoid being around a huge crowd of other tourists. Additionally, as the overall rates are dropping for bookings, you’ll likely see businesses and venues around the area dropping their prices too.

4. Take a Work Vacation

Well, kind of. If you’re not ready to say goodbye to your precious paid time off, there’s still other options when it comes to working and traveling. Consider asking your boss to let you go to a conference or a meeting in a different location. While it could take a lot of convincing, the effort could give you that perfect break you’ve been longing for.

5. House-sit

Yes, we know this one is a little odd, but hear us out. If you can’t afford to go on vacation, you can watch someone else’s house while they go on theirs. By watching someone else’s home, it allows you to to stay in one destination for an extended period of time without having to pay for expensive hotels or Airbnb’s. Plus, you can cook your food in a kitchen instead of going out to restaurants (which saves you even more money!).

There are plenty of websites that you can sign up for, but most have a small annual fee.

6. Try to Work Remotely

Want to take an extended vacation but you’re stuck in place because of your job? Ask if you can work remotely!

If you want your boss to take your proposal seriously, make sure you’ve got all the details worked out before you bring it up. Be ready to explain, in detail, all the ways you’ll be overcoming hurdles between you and your goal of working from a different location.

Don’t forget to include data to support your inquiry! Fortunately, you’re not going to have any trouble finding research to support you. There’s a large amount of research stating that employees and employers benefit from remote working.

7. Vacation With Others

A surefire way to save money is to invite other people to vacation with you. While this largely depends on who you feel comfortable traveling with, consider bringing several people together to cut costs down.

8. Teach English Overseas

Although this option is better suited for the long-term traveler, it’s a great way to replenish funds. To teach English overseas, all you need is the ability to speak English fluently and maybe a TEFL degree depending on the country you’ll be working in. This teaching job is in high demand, and some companies will even pay for your flight to begin teaching.

9. Cook Your Meals

One of the easiest ways to save money while traveling is to cook your own meals. If you are Couchsurfing, your host will probably have a kitchen, as do many hostels, campsites and Airbnb’s.

If you’re staying in a more remote location, or even in a vehicle, pack your own utensils and make some sandwiches on the go. You don’t always have to cook food on the stove or in the oven.

Just because you are traveling, it doesn’t mean you need to go to restaurants several times per day. You won’t ruin your trip if you decide against experiencing the cuisine every single meal!

10. Get City Tourist Cards

If you plan on seeing what your destination has to offer, in true tourist form, you should check into getting a city tourism card. These passes offer you discounted, or even free, access to major attractions and public transportation. Not many people know about tourist cards, but they’re a great way to save money on your trip.

Whether you’re traveling for several months or going on vacation for a week, it doesn’t have to cost you large sums of money. Travel smart by using non-traditional means and you’ll begin to see just how often you can get out and experience the world!