Top 8 game changers for world travel

View from mount Fuji

Ever since elementary school I’ve been traveling the world at every opportunity I get and along the way I’ve learned some amazing tricks to transform the way you travel. These 8 game changers are what I consider the most powerful ways you can travel more and get more out of your travel. Please share this with your friends so everyone can realize their potential to see the world.

1. Couchsurfing

Ray with couchsurfing host

The basic concept of couchsurfing is sleeping at a local’s house that hosts you for free out of the goodness of their hearts. The amazing thing is that it actually works, as long as you’re smart about choosing your host. By using couchsurfing you not only save money on housing (it really is completely free), but you also get to make new friends and experience local living firsthand.

2. Budget Airlines


Did you know that you can fly around Europe for about $30 a leg? And Asia. And parts of South America.  Around the world you can typically fly budget airlines for $20-30 on shorter flights and under $100 for a little bit longer flights. Flying is not only faster than trains and buses, but it can also be significantly cheaper! Just remember to pack light and to get to the airport on time.

Bonus: Get free flights on major carriers through their rewards programs

3. T-mobile

t-mobile international data

All T-mobile plans now include unlimited international data. That means unlimited data in over 120 countries! You can text, make calls using your Facebook app, use google maps, google translate, and do everything else that you could possibly want to without paying any extra fees.

4. Cheap Countries

street food in cheap country

Traveling to cheap countries is a huge money saver and can significantly improve your travel experiences. I’m in Thailand right now and every meal I eat costs under $1.50 USD and is delicious, authentic Thai food! I love it. You should definitely travel to areas you’re most interested in first, but keep in mind that if you go to places like Southeast Asia or Central/South America you can spend a lot less money while you experience a lot more.

5. Convenience Stores


Grocery stores and convenience stores can save you tons of money while traveling and you can still eat really good! Japan is an expensive country but if you go to 7-11 you can try the best corn dogs you’ve ever had for around 80 cents USD. In England the national grocery store chains have the same prices throughout the country so even in London you can get a meal from a grocery store for about 3 pounds ($4.50 USD).

6. Google PhotosGoogle photos travel blog

The free Google photos app will automatically back up all the photos and video you take on your phone and gives you for free!! That’s right. Just select the high quality option for unlimited storage to dave The only souvenirs you really need when you travel are photos and memories; with the Auto-Uploadr feature of the Flickr app you will be sure that you don’t lose all those great pics.

7. Backup Battery and Multiple USB Charger

iphone charging

Now that you have T-mobile and you’re able to access the internet anywhere, you’re going to be draining your battery fast while using apps like Google Maps. A backup battery is essential to keep you going throughout the day. Another thing you’ll want to bring with you is a multiple USB charger or an outlet splitter. That way, if all the outlets at the airport are taken you can just share with someone. This has really been a life-saver for me.

8. One region at a time

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Getting to a region and then traveling throughout it is a great way to save thousands of dollars on travel expenses. If you’re already flying halfway across the world to visit some place, you might as well go visit other countries nearby because you’ll be able to get to them for a small fraction of the price to fly to them from home. Even better: If you can live abroad you should travel to everywhere in that area.

Bonus: Besides discount airlines you can get around a region by hitchhiking or using ridesharing websites such as blablacar.

SUPER BONUS: Get a free taxi ride by using Uber! If you use this link: you’ll get a free ride up to $20, and I’ll get a free ride too! Win-win. I’m personally a huge fan of uber and how quick and easy it is, but I’m also a budget traveler so I’ve always gotten free rides from sharing it with my friends.

Travel often!

The more you travel the better understanding you’ll have of the world and all the people in it. You’ll be able to see how everyone is unique and yet the same wherever you go. You’ll gain new perspectives and become a better person. I’ve learned more about myself and about others while traveling than any other way and I want all my friends (future ones included) to have those beautiful experiences as well.

10 responses to “Top 8 game changers for world travel”

  1. alex english says:

    great tips Ray and love the blog overall! Bravissimo!

  2. Bridget says:

    Great advice! You’ve sold me on T-Mobile…

  3. The point about living abroad is a good one. I currently live in the US and there’s just so much to see here (+ neighboring countries), I haven’t even thought about traveling to other continents in a long while.

  4. Carol Colborn says:

    Technology has indeed been a game changer for everything…and why not travel?

  5. Criz says:

    I haven’t tried couchsurfing yet, seems like not a bad idea if you find a really great host. And yeah, I can’t imagine without the technologies we have, it sure does make everything convenient and possible.

  6. Budget airlines have definitely helped me travel more often. I used to take one or two trips a year, nowadays I can fly to Barcelona, Prague, Amsterdam for less than £100 and have a fantastic weekend exploring somewhere new!

  7. Sophie says:

    Great advice! I absolutely swear by budget airlines. They’ve enabled me to travel a lot more than I would have because of their cheap tickets to exciting places!

  8. Yep, these have all made my ability to travel wayyyyy easier. Never used T-Mobile but it’s good to see that exists. Within a short time it should be really accessible and cheap to use data all over the world 🙂

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  9. Great tips here Ray. Traveling to cheap countries is the besst way to see the world on a budget, my favourite countiries happen to be very cheap, which is great!

    • banks says:

      That’s perfect!! I always love cheap countries because I love to eat and you can get tons of cheap, delicious food!

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