The concept of a “Grand Tour” came into being in the 17th Century, and was a way for rich, privately-educated men to round off their learning by visiting other countries. Ever since that time, the idea of wide-ranging travel has been principally associated with those who have the means to do it. While those less well-off have had to make do with occasional package holidays, it’s mostly been the more comfortable ones who have been able to spread their wings more.

Of course, the desire to see more of the world is not limited only to those wealthier people. Dreams of a life where you can see Angkor Wat, the Pyramids and Chichen Itza in the same calendar year are not dictated by bank balance. It’s more a case of how you can manage to do so when you have more immediate financial concerns, and that’s not an easy thing to do. However, some useful tips may make it easier for you to see more of the world without first winning the lottery.

Do the groundwork in advance

You won’t be able to see the world (relatively) cheaply if convenience is your priority. It takes a lot of prior research. Getting all of your travel documents in advance will spare you having to pay express fees. Organising your own onward travel will allow you to see more places in one trip without paying tour fees. Knowing where you can shop cheaply in Salzburg can prevent you having to find and pay for a meal at short notice. The more you plan in advance, the further you can go on a limited budget.

Change the way you see things

If you maintain a rooted way of life, then travel is always going to represent an extra cost, because you’ll have a mortgage or rent to pay at home, while also needing to pay to stay somewhere else. Sites like show how it is possible to maintain a life of travel by not having a permanent residence. There are ways to make this easier. Working remotely means you can wake up in Casablanca and submit your day’s work to an employer in London. You can look for seasonal work in a new destination, and during that time use your free days to tick off nearby countries with short-hop trips.

Know the cost of living in different countries

You instinctively know the cost of certain things where you live, and for many of us that just what those things cost. But if for example you live in Toronto, you may not realise that the exact same things can cost twice as much there as they do in Bucharest. Particularly if you can maintain an income with a remote employer, a salary in one country can allow you to live comfortably and even save for future endeavours while staying in another. Check out sources to learn how far a Dollar or a Pound can go when you’re shopping in Lei, Dong or Real, and you’ll be amazed by how your options broaden.

Learn (at least some of) the language

Anglophone travellers don’t have the best reputation worldwide, because at least some of our number have a tendency to expect the world to speak our language. An inevitable consequence of this is that you’ll end up paying more for things because people will treat you like a tourist. Merely making the effort to speak enough Estonian, Farsi or Swahili to book into a hotel, order a sandwich and call a taxi will go a long way to demonstrating an effort to assimiliate and even live abroad. You’ll get to know much sooner how and where you can find bargains and make connections who will make life easier for you.