South East Asia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. There are beautiful beaches, crazy cultures and plenty of stray dogs to keep you amused. Another big attraction is that it’s super cheap – once you’ve arrived at least. However, getting there is another thing, with long haul flight costing a lot. If you’re thinking of going east, then you might be able to add to your travel fund with a few innovative money saving techniques. Travelling for students is increasingly popular on gap years, so why not read this article on money saving tips for your gap year.

If you look around your room, you’ll probably find that you have quite a few things that you don’t use anymore. If you are planning a trip to South East Asia, you can help raise funds by selling some of these items. If you’ve got any second hand clothes that are in decent nick, then you should be able to find a buyer on eBay or other online auction site.

You can try finding a new home for any old computer software you have by selling games with musicMagpie. If you’re taking a long trip, the chances are that that even your newest games will be out of date when you get back, so now’s the time to sell. You can also stick your unwanted cds and dvds up for sale.

Overtime is there for people who are desperate to make some money, and you’re probably going to be in that boat. If you’re saving for a trip then treat overtime like your best friend – be there for it whenever it calls. If you work hard now, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself more later. If you don’t have a job then a good place to start applying is at a job agency, they should be able to find you a part time gig pretty quickly.

If you live on your own and your house is going to be unoccupied while you’re away, you could think about renting it out when you’ve gone. Similarly, if you live with your parents, you could think about asking them if you could rent your room out. Sweeten the deal by offering them a cut of the profits.

When you finally get to your chosen destination in Southeast Asia, there are a few ways you can cut down on your costs there too. Try travelling by bus when going between destinations. Although the buses out there can be a bit basic, to say the least, if you can stand the long hours, then you could stand to save a lot on travel expenses.

When looking for accommodation, it can be tempting to pre book hostels; however, it’s often cheaper to be a bit more relaxed about booking. If you pre book and a hostel fails to live up to the billing on the internet, there’s little you can do about it and you’re unlikely to get your deposit back if you want to move on. Turning up without pre booking leaves you free to look around. There are usually loads of places available and if you find one that’s empty, you might be able to haggle the price down a bit.

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