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What to do when you’re out of money while traveling

| December 01, 2020, 10:29 AM

Traveling is one of the few times in our lives that we can feel truly free and go our own way. Exploring, adventuring, meeting new people, trying new foods, and experiencing new cultures is a wonderfully human experience that everyone needs to do at least once in their life – but problems can happen.

The biggest issue for people who are traveling is when they run out of money. It happens a lot more than you would think and it can derail your fun and cause a lot of stress and problems. If you are traveling and need to figure out what to do when you run out of funds, or prepare yourself in case it happens, read these tips.

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Get a Quick Loan

If you need money in a pinch, a quick loan can help you out when you are struggling. Consulting a licensed money lender for help will allow you to get some money fast and effectively, and these funds can help you get home or get to where you need to go quickly. Paying back the loan quickly is critical to avoid interest rates, but you should also take the loan if you know you only need it in this emergency.

Borrow From Family or Friends

Another good way to get some money fast is to text or call your mom, dad, or your friends. If they know you are traveling on a tight budget, they will want to help keep you out of trouble so lending you money might be something they might agree to do. They are the most reliable people you have, so reaching out to them and letting them know that you need them to help give you a little boost to salvage your travels is a good option when out of money on your own. However, you may meet some skepticism as there are scams that ask family and freinds for money to help a stranded (or in trouble) traveler.

Do Odd Jobs for People

People love to help out those in need in return for a little labor. If you are traveling and can’t make ends meet for your next meal or to make a little bit of money for travel, then you should offer your services for the locals. Doing odd jobs like washing dishes, cleaning, or doing some farm work can allow you to get some free meals or some pocket money to help out. This is a good way to meet the locals on your travels and do something good in return for some help. It definitely makes for a good story as well.

Freelance Your Skills

You can also find time to freelance your skills outside of doing hard labor. There are plenty of sites and services that can allow you to make some quick money by doing odd jobs online. Copywriting, graphic design editing, website design, and all kinds of work are available online to make money from your computer or phone so you can make ends meet. Freelancing your abilities is a way that many people fund their travels while they are on the go so they are never out of money no matter where they are.

Make Use of Free Offers

Just like offering your services to help out, you need to take advantage of anything that is free. A free meal, a free coupon, a free anything should be on your mind while traveling because you never know what you may need your dollars for next. You can also try hitchhiking if you need to get somewhere and don’t want to spend the money on a train, plane, bus, or car. A word of caution is advised for obvious reasons as hitchhiking can be dangerous, but if you feel comfortable, this is a free way to travel when you are strapped for cash.

Do Volunteer Work

Volunteering is another good way to help people out. You can work with organizations that will let you live “for free” in exchange for your help. Volunteering by building shelters, building homes, teaching children, and supplying medical goods are ways that people travel for free or find relief when they are running out of money. You can sign up for volunteer positions online and find an organization that is operating near you to help save money and do some good while abroad.

Traveling is a great way to get out on your own and see the world. Experiencing everything it has to offer will allow you to see the world, but it also has its ups and downs. The worst thing that can happen while abroad is running out of money, so using these options can help you earn some cash or do things in exchange for free meals and board.

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