Travelling the world is not always going around from place to place, looking fabulous and being driven around in fancy cars.
No, often the smart money on travelling is to do the smart thing and pay less for your holiday!
Here are some tips I learned from road-weary travellers about how to travel the world for less money.
Do Your Homework
Budget travel may seem to show a “come-as-you-are” mentality. No, budget travel requires a great deal of planning. When you decide on a destination, do your checks on where you will be staying, where you will be dining, visitor attractions, and so on. Plan but don’t over plan your trip.
Another travel expenses are supplies like toothpaste and medical supplies. If you have allergies, make sure to bring your medicines but check local authorities sites for banned drugs
If you plan to do things outdoors like hiking or walking, it may help to bring bandages, callous removers, spare underwear and socks.
When you are travelling it is nice to have all the amenities you are accustomed to, but you most certainly don’t need them. Stay in hostels, stay with family or friends! Travel nomads often sleep on the side of the road in a car, on friends’ floors, and in hostels.
Another fixed cost is flying. You may be wondering how you are going to get to another country without taking air travel. The truth is that you can get to a variety of other places without flights.
Taking a car, train, boat or another vehicle can often save you lots of money and can make your vacation more exciting! Who are you going to meet on planes? Other travellers likely. Who are you going to meet in town? Real locals! If you are flying to a far-flung city, Nomadic Matt talks about how to take advantage of cheap air ticket in this post.
Another thing you may have become accustomed to at work is skipping lunch and going home to a big dinner at the end of the day. On the road, the opposite should be true.
Restaurants are always running all kinds of great lunch specials. So for a lot less money you can get a lot more food. If you have leftovers, make sure to save those and heat them up for dinner! Then you have two meals for the price of one!
Another way to open yourself up to the vacation experience and get out to see more of the area you are in is to take a trip off the beaten path.
Get out and see some local theatre, go visit a sporting arena where you can play a sport you are unfamiliar with, go skiing, go surfing, go skating, go biking!
There is something to do everywhere. The good news about your new search for vacation values is that you can find those anywhere as well. Local businesses like to show off their local customs; so much more than chain stores.
What to Do Next
So now that you know how to go anywhere, and you have some secrets for saving a bit of money, get busy getting started on that!
You can succeed on whatever you set your mind to, and that includes travelling to see the world. Indeed, you may remember the summer you spent washing your hair in gas stations sink every fifth or sixth day as the most incredible time in your life.
You will thank yourself, and you will thank me when you find that there is a great big world out there ready and waiting to embrace you!