Have you always wanted to travel but were afraid to think about spending beyond your means? Well, here’s the good news: traveling doesn’t have to be expensive. Traveling is not the exclusive territory of those who can afford to pay through anything. Whether you are an ordinary office worker, student or retired, you deserve to enjoy this wonder of the world according to your financial means. Be your own travel guide!
Deciding to become your own travel guide will help you find a reasonable solution to the endless costs involved in traveling. Traveling is even more fun if it doesn’t burden your pocket. Traveling cheaply is a practice that not many people master. Many travelers are deceived by expensive travel guides and travel agents, without knowing that there are actually several ways to reduce financial challenges.
Here are the ways in which you can travel at minimal cost:
1. Find Affordable Hostels
Hostels are relatively cheaper than hotels. Although structurally smaller and narrower, they offer the same amenities and, sometimes, the same basic travel comforts as many hotels. If you’re looking for a free Wi-Fi connection, free breakfast, and free airport transfers, most hostels also offer this service. Others offer free laundry, staff-sponsored parties, and a common room where guests can mingle and get to know one another.
The only thing you have to prepare for is space and, in certain hostels, cleanliness. The trick is to do your research first. Read reviews to find out what past guests think. You will have a clear idea of which hostels to consider and which to avoid. Finally, pay attention to the promo.
Hostels sometimes offer discounts and other perks. This type of dorm may be a lot cheaper, but if you want a cleaner and less chaotic situation (especially if you’re a girl), then choose an all-girls dorm. These rooms are usually less crowded and more comfortable.
2. Walk More
Traveling on a budget means being prepared to abandon your taxi or private car. However, what most comfort travelers don’t understand is that they actually spend more on transportation than on food, lodging, or souvenirs. Some taxi drivers take advantage of tourists, driving them in circles so that they will be forced to pay more than they should.
On the one hand, if you use your feet more, not only will you be able to test and improve your sense of direction, you will also be able to see and experience places of interest that are not accessible via regular transportation. If you’re not sure where to go, read local blogs, brochures, or magazines. They can serve as your portable travel guide.
3. Adopt a Flexible Itinerary
The worst thing you can do for yourself while traveling is follow the rules. It’s important to have an itinerary to keep things organized, but it’s much more important to enjoy your trip and have fun. Leave room for unexpected adventures. Don’t set a return date if you feel you need more time to explore a place.
Your itinerary may look good, but direct advice from locals and backpackers makes traveling even more enjoyable. Travel guidebooks and magazines may have no inkling of these suggested places, which are usually underrated, less crowded and far more beautiful than many of the tourist attractions made famous by the media mileage.
Spontaneity, experiencing culture, discovering uncharted territory and meeting new people – these are just some of the reasons why we should travel. Stick to your budget and money will be your least consideration.