Traveling is interesting, educational and literally groundbreaking. It even gets recommended to live a happier life.
5. Travel more.
Travel while you can still physically, sacrifice other things if necessary. Most people see their travel adventures as the highlights of their lives and regret not traveling again. In the words of an older respondent: "If you have to choose between a new kitchen or a trip - I would say, book the trip!"
Many people think that a world trip is only possible if you have a lot of money. Fortunately, this is not the case. If you are creative and really want to travel and get to know other cultures outside of hotels and resorts, the following 3 strategies are ideal for exploring the world on a budget.
WWOOF - World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
The concept of WWOOF is simple. In exchange for 4 to 5 hours of volunteer work per day, people can receive room and board at organic farms. I myself have made frequent use of this during my travels and can heartily recommend it. In these places you learn how to grow healthy food yourself and the working atmosphere is often relaxed. In addition, you regularly meet other world travelers at these places with whom you can exchange stories and tips. By working in a place for a while, you get to know the culture and people of a country. The WWOOF network is now spread all over the world, including the Netherlands. On wwoof.org you can find more information.
Pasporta Servo - cheaply around the world with Esperanto
Esperanto is a logical and therefore easy to learn, politically neutral language that transcends nationality. In addition to these idealistic and practical qualities, Esperanto speakers have the advantage of being able to travel cheaply through their own network of guest addresses. The number of Esperanto speakers is currently estimated at 2 million, spread over more than 120 countries. As a traveler, you can contact Esperanto speakers who are members of the travel network and arrange free places to sleep. People short on time to travel can become a guest address and provide accommodation for Esperanto travelers. The big advantage of this network is that communication is not a problem and you as a guest come to people with whom you can communicate perfectly. In addition, they often act as a local guide who can show you the area. As a guest address it is fascinating to show your guests your own environment and to tell them the ins and outs of your own place of residence, city, culture, etc.
From my own experience I can say that Esperanto speakers are often fascinating, adventurous and open people. I myself have traveled with Pasporto Servo several times and have offered accommodation to several travelers. Until now we have welcomed people from Argentina, Switzerland, Ukraine, Denmark, England, Spain and France. For people who want to learn more about Esperanto there is on esperanto-jongeren.nl find a lot of information about the language. With fifteen minutes a day, the language can be mastered within six months to such an extent that you can communicate with others in the language at a good basic level. Esperanto is among others free over the internet to learn. In addition to the Pasporta Servo travel network, many international meetings are organized around the world with Esperanto, which is often a good excuse to visit a distant country that you might not have traveled to otherwise.
The same principle as Pasporta Servo but in the English language is Couchsurfing. Through a network you can find free places to stay all over the world and provide shelter for foreign people. I myself have less experience with Couchsurfing and the times I wanted to use it people generally reacted badly. But many acquaintances are very positive about Couchsurfing and it can give people a great low-budget travel option where you get to know the people of a country yourself. Perhaps there are readers with experience with Couchsurfing who can tell a bit more about their experiences themselves. On couchsurfing.org more information.
So much for these three strategies for traveling the world cheaply. If people have any other tips themselves, do share them in the comments.