Is Being Broke the Best Time to Travel

Whilst perusing the land of Pinterest I came across an article, ‘why being broke is the best time to travel‘ and shared some good points. But somehow I was looking for something more than what was shared, so I thought I share my two cents. As much as I enjoyed the article the only thing I could relate to was the ‘being broke‘ part. I have an incredible job that I love and look forward to returning whenever I am off.

As much as travel is an essential part of my life, my job is that too as it supports my current lifestyle.

I started thinking of why I personally think being broke having some money is the best time to travel. Thinking logically this statement is totally insane, we have been conditioned to think you need lots of money to travel. In fact it’s the opposite, yes having money ensures you’re not stranded should something happen but doesn’t teach you much.

Disclaimer: I am not saying you don’t have to have ‘some money’ to travel because you do. Just don’t wait for the right time to arrive as it never does until you take the plunge!

being broke the best time to travel

Is being broke the best time to travel or is it?

For the last three years of my solo adventures on a number of occasions I have traveled on less than normal. I have visited cities with only a £100 in cash for everything; food, activities and accommodation. It might seem crazy but it truly isn’t, with a little planning and budgeting it is totally doable. Here is why I think being broke having some money is the best time to travel;

  • Teaches you to be a planner – I am a planner by nature but nothing forces you to be one like being broke. You use all the resources available to you aka google everything to find alternatives and cheaper options.
  • Teaches you to prioritize – we all have different priorities and commitments in life. It would be ill-advised of me to tell you to drop every and travel the world whilst you’re still young. Instead I will say, look at your life, assess and compromise where you can. Don’t neglect your bills or your responsibilities, plan around them.
  • Think outside the box – as a blogger I am fortunate to be able to earn passive income from the blog. I am able to use this to support my travels but it doesn’t always happen when you want it to. You could make money selling your old stuff, making things and trading goods.

As I said I would share my two cents, but I found this article really helpful and spoke the truth. Throwing a bold statement like ‘why being broke is the best time to travel’ is a dangerous statement. We all know you DEFINITELY need ‘some money‘ to be able to travel and in this case traveling abroad. If it has been your long time dream time to pack in your hated day job, I still say ‘think it through‘.

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  • Ondo Lady

    I personally cannot even think about travelling anywhere if I am broke. Part of my upbringing in that you get your priorities right. I would not be able to enjoy myself if I went on holiday knowing that I could not afford it. I would rather save up towards that holiday and put other things (not bills of course) on hold and then go and enjoy my holiday.

    • I agree, it can be stressful traveling whilst broke and living only on your whit. I always have ‘some money’ on me but just having ‘some money’ definitely teaches you to think outside the box

  • Stephanie

    It really does make you think about what you need to spend your money on too, great post and thank you for linking up with #GetMooreFromLife travelling is always going to give you more in life

  • Laura Haley

    I agree that you can travel on a budget, I always do.

  • Oyinkan Ogunleye

    I think summer is the best time but it’s probably cheapest during the winter.

  • Planning is key for sure, I would love to travel more in 2018 so will have to plan

  • Planning is an essential part for both planned and sudden travels. Being prepare is better than getting frustrated if you have to do anything on urgent basis.

  • Mel

    I like to plan everything to a T but travelling without a lot of money in my bank account puts me on edge. I’ve travelled with a very small budget and the stress of calculating how much money I had for each day had a negative impact on my overall experience. I admire anyone who can travel with limited funds but I worry way too much to be able to do it.

  • Latoyia Dean-Dennis

    Interesting read…and great question. I know people that travel that way all the time. How they do it…not sure. I make it a point to save for our vacations. We plan a year out.

  • I can’t imagine traveling without some decent cash not sure I’d even want to experience being that broke. That being said I’ve travelled on budget whilst at uni but even then I still had some money to play around with

  • Ickle Pickle

    I am pretty broke but manage somehow to have travelled more than ever in the last three years. I do budget heavily though. Kaz

  • I definitely think you need a little bit of money to have to travel and I also agree that you can find some amazing deals and travel so cheap. When I went to Europe last year for 6 weeks, we had a biggish fund to dip into, but never needed to. We lived on less that £20 a day sometimes (we didn’t want to splurge if we didn’t need to. We got air bnbs at great rates, ate two meals in the airbnb and one out every day. It’s so easy to travel with next to nothing though. 🙂 x

  • Alexi R

    I love this idea of your article, I’m not sure if being broke is the bes time to travel cause I haven’t experience it yet myself. So I can’t really confirm anything, but all I know is if you are heartbroken or depress better go out and travel for you to get a new horizon to absorb all your loneliness.

  • Savannah Pham

    I never really thought about traveling broke until reading your post. I do agree that it teaches you to be a planner and helps you prioritize your wants vs needs. I have yet to travel when I’m broke but I definitely need to experience that for myself.

  • I somewhat agree with you on this. I know so many people who missed up on amazing travel opportunties because the thought they needed 1000s of dollars for trips and I went on many of my trips with less. If you travel smart and look for deals to have these experiences it will make for a more memorable time.

  • Ashley

    I love traveling broke. I have a family of 6 so thats usually how we go. It gives us a chance to just enjoy and see local attractions.

  • chubskulit

    I am starting to sell things that we no longer want and need. My husband always say, you will never travel if you rely on how much you could save, he said “Just do it.”

  • Amanda

    I never would have thought to agree with this statement, but your argument is spot on. I guess I don’t need to wait so long to plan my next trip!

  • mail4rosey

    We have traveled when we were broke. It was just as fun as when we weren’t, we just didn’t get to do quite as much or bring many souvenirs home.

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    I’ve always wanted to travel more, but you’re right, having less funds allows you to prioritize what matters most.

  • Farrah Less Gomez

    Never stop dreaming even when you are broke. It helps you to appreciate more the things that you have and set a goal for the things that you don’t have.

  • Emmanuel Damian

    I think you should also have some savings when you travel. You can’t hitchhike forever! Also, it’s good to try local food so a bit of money is needed.

  • Christie

    There are many who travel with little money. I would freak out. But, it would take planning and sticking to a budget, for sure!

  • Helen Jacob-Lloyd

    It’s very true – making the most of a chance you get to travel is so important because the chance may not come around again!

  • Bex Smith

    I definitely agree that it is a dangerous statement – people could take it as gospel and find themselves in trouble with no money to get themselves out of it. It just isn’t realistic!

    However as you said it is totally possible to travel on a very small budget – you don’t need to be flush with cash, you just need to plan ahead.

  • Sonia Cave

    It is a little easier I think but you have made some great points as well how to still do it

  • Lisa He

    I agree, it’s not realistic to say that being broke is the best time to travel. It’s more of a clickbait title to me more than anything. It’s necessary to have some money or else you’ll end up in a dodgy area or on the street overnight and who wants to be a homeless traveller or more to the point-homeless? You can’t even apply for certain visas such as working holidays if you are unable to show that you are not insolvent. I agree that travel doesn’t have to be expensive though, if you set a realistic budget and work with it then it’s definitely possible to stretch your money when visiting a new destination.

  • I love this way of thinking. I have always thought you had to have lots of money to travel but some of the best trips I have taken have been when I didn’t have much money to spend at all!

  • Vyjay Rao

    Necessity is the mother of invention. Hence if travel is a necessity than one is bound to start thinking innovatively to fund their travels.

  • I I do everything broke it seems LOL it really teaches you how to appreciate things. I never really considered traveling while broke though, makes sense and I think this could be pretty helpful 🙂

  • Claudia Krusch

    Some of my favorite trips were done on a tight budget. There are a ton of creative ways to save. I try to plan as far ahead as I can to find good deals.

  • Pam W

    I think the best time to travel is when you can get it to work for your budget and your life. Not every season of life is right for every person to travel.

  • Suzanne Spiegoski-Decamps

    Always good to travel. To me it’s the best money spent on anything. Period.

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I think planning is very important. If you budget well travel is definitely doable

  • I am beyond broke but its true, even with no money if you make your travel options flexible and plan ahead you can travel. Like you said don’t wait to travel, just do it x

  • Kayleigh McManus

    This has totally changed my perspective! I’ve always wanted to travel while i have no responsibilities like children but money has always changed my mind. This just proves you don’t need EVERYTHING to travel!

  • I personally prefer to travel when I have the means to do so. It makes the whole experience much more enjoyable.

  • I can see why it could be, but I wouldn’t be comfortable traveling while broke. If I don’t have enough money to go, I won’t go. You just never know what can happen in the future. I guess it’s trickier when you have kids. But one day I’d like to travel more!

  • Battlemum

    I fully agree with you that you should have some money behind you when travelling. If for no other reason than for those just-in-case moments. We recently had to get a taxi instead of a booked transfer and I was so thankful we had brought some just-in-case cash with us!

  • Jay Colby

    This was such an insightful. I love all the points you’ve made being broke should never stop us from living our best lives.

  • Jeanette Humphries Radmall

    This is a very insightful article. It goes along with my theory that you are never really ‘perfectly’ ready for anything so you may as well just do it NOW!

  • I agree with all you have said. Being broke definitely helps you prioritise and think outside the box.

  • Danielle Fox

    I also sell my old goods. Especially my kids old clothes and toys

  • Yeah, I can’t solo travel very often as a mom. Solo travel is definitely more affordable. I was able to hop on a plane in October to go to Phoenix for a wedding for $183 round trip. Add three more people to that trip and that probably would cost me over a grand and that kind of money is just not easy for me to part with. Like you said, planning it out is the best approach. At any rate this coming year we are hoping to visit 4 more states on the open road!

  • We recently went on our first big vacation since having my our first baby 10 years ago. If you think about it, most of us won’t ever have that time we have a load of extra money sitting around. We had to really put money away for that trip, and sometimes you just have to take that leap!

  • Candy Kage

    We have decided not to wait until we retire to travel. Last year it was Iceland, England and Ireland. This year it will be Italy.

  • Tomi_C

    I have a specific portion of my monthly budget set aside for my travel plans. I am a Road Warrior and I love weekend getaways and I’ve learned how to maximize my travel $$ over the years. With proper budgeting, one can save enough money to travel, trust me, I live it.

  • Vicky

    I haven’t really got into the travel spirit, but I would love to do some travelling this year. I definitely believe you will need to have some money to travel, so for me that me starting to save from today!

  • It is an interesting way to look at things, I have to admit I can see how if you travel when you don’t have much money it can teach you so many things and you could learn so many lessons.

  • I cannot be able to travel at all when I am broke because I tend to be the planner who needs to know what to do at certain times and where I will be and how much it would cost. If I have nothing to pay my travel or experiences with, I would rather wait until I have some in order to even start planning.

  • Jeanette

    Since travel is a high priority on my list I always budget in a way so that I can travel. There has been years that I have not because I didn’t think I could afford it and in a way that is the truth but if you can put aside even $10 you will get at least do something with the family that’s fine even if it’s just a staycation.

  • Rosemary Anderson Palmer

    I usually travel somewhat on a budget even if some of my trip is sponsored. I’m not a big souvenir buyer so that helps, but food is always a biggie I have to count on.

  • valmg

    I’ve always only had just a little money at best. Travel should always be thought through but noone needs to be rich to travel.

  • TheGrowingMum

    I have never travelled broke – but I have done on little money. It’s also a case of who you go with and where but yes “thinking it through” is a must whether you have lots or no money.

  • Robin Rue

    I like to have a little money when I travel, but I Have definitely traveled flat broke before. I just try to make the best of it.

  • Alli Smith

    If you wait until all conditions are perfect to do what you love, such as traveling, you’ll miss some fun adventures. I totally agree that you shouldn’t let not having a lot of money stop you. I also agree that you need some money to travel.