How do I travel the world while having a small income as a freelance programmer?

How do I travel the world while having a small income as a freelance programmer?

This guide should help you to do is as CHEAP AS POSSIBLE! :slight_smile:


5-10k Euros should be a good start

The route

  • Google ‘cheapest RTW trips’ or ‘round the world on a budget’
  • Work out an itinerary that would be one of your dreams FOCUSSING upon countries where the Euro takes you further
    • Add in some variation of cities for additional flexibility
  • Check out ‘Kayak’ and ‘Skyscanner’ and ‘Google Flights’ for multi stop flights - play with some itinerary ideas - get quotes go RIGHT to the checkout page
    • Take screenshots of itinerary, exact prices and checkout page
  • Google ‘Top 10 travel agencies Holland’
    • Email them all the same itinerary asking them for their best price and send the best price you found
  • Wait for their calls and offers to STREAM IN (they will)
  • When they call ask them to help you devise a budget etc so you can work it out


  • Email hostels (x5 per city) in each city you’re going asking to work there in exchange for board and breakfast. You might get lucky (it’s not that hard to) and stay for free and get some free meals
  • Or make use of Couchsurfing (it’s FREE)
  • Read online literature or take a cheap Udemy course upon HOW to write good requests etc etc
  • Aim to Couchsurf in the ‘quieter’ cities and ‘Hostel’ (See Hostelbookers/Hostelworld) in the ‘party’ places.
    • Hostels you’ll have most fun (and they’re CHEAP)
    • Couchsurfing you’ll meet a local
  • Last resort Air B N B but try not to if you’re on a super cheap budget


  • First day you arrive in a new city - talk to a LOCAL about the Dos and Donts
    • Best/Cheapest places for restaurants
    • Supermarkets
    • Booze
    • How to live like a poor student


  • If you’re a planner get lonely planets or Google the sh*te out of a place
  • If you improvise when you turn up ask locals/host/hostel receptionist/do nothing at all

Making Money (in other ways)

  1. Working in a hostel

You can go to Hostelbookers, find all relevant hostels in a city. Go directly to their website and blanket mail them all asking for ‘bed and board’ in exchange for working in the hostel. Cleaning/Cooking/Marketing/Reception you name it. I see this happen alot

  1. Teaching English abroad (can earn well if you’re good)

Arrive into a city/town. Find out who all of the agencies are. Go and talk to them (espec. if you’re a native speaker). You’ll find work

  1. Freelancing as an English teacher (can earn v.well if you’re good at marketing)

Same gig as above but getting private clients via local classified ads sites. Approaching language schools. Via the hostels

  1. Local bars/restaurants/cafe’s

Hand out CVs etc. You get the idea

  1. Street buskers/Peddlers/Vendors etc

Make jewellery. Play an instrument. Find the $1 a day hostel underworld (squats with beds basically). Sell on the street. Doing drugs as well most likely is a requirement

  1. Remote jobs

Work-in-startups. Blogging, journalling etc

transcribed from travelling as a freelancer