The idea of spending less while you’re on holiday can sound like a somewhat risky and dodgy experience, full of mishaps at every turn. This is far from the truth, however! In reality, budget holidays can inject spontaneity, new friendship, and savings into your holiday. Here are some helpful tips on how to go about it.
In the French documentary “Bare Faced Cheek,” two Frenchmen Nans and Mouts cross large parts of the European continent, starting each episode with not a thread of clothing or Euro cent to rub between them. They then set off on unlikely missions such as meeting a Druid in Brittany. They politely ask strangers for help along the way and they receive it. The moral of the story: it’s surprising what strangers will do to help you if you ask them politely and have a positive, warm, and genuine demeanor. You should also display a willingness to give back in some way i.e. cleaning out their shed, painting some walls or cleaning. Remember this on your epic trip around the globe. It will serve you well.
Be Frugal and Unfussy
Forego the luxurious side of travel and you’ll be astonished at how far your money actually can go. Look into all of the budget hotel options, and by all means investigate discount hotel rates on travel, saving and coupon sites. Do plenty of research into discount codes and coupons beforehand too. Staying in a backpackers or cheap hotel and eating like a local in cafeterias will save loads of money. You’ll stretch out your trip for longer.
Budget Destinations Par Excellence
Certain countries and cities are eye-wateringly expensive and you should avoid them (if you’re looking to travel for that little bit less, that is). Other parts of the world, on the other hand, welcome budget travelers with open arms, and you should respond by opening your wallet.
Bangkok, Thailand: Despite its nefarious night-time reputation, Bangkok is a relatively safe place, and you can sample Thai cuisine on the street markets at an absolute steal. There are also comfortable hotels and hostels for low rates.
Havana, Cuba: Groovy, colorful and brimming with friendly vibes, Cuba is a great place for a lengthy yet affordable jaunt. The late author Ernest Hemmingway swore by the place.
Krakow, Poland: The ancient architecture of this splendid Polish city has remained largely intact since the Second World War. The atmosphere is arty, quirky, and stylish, and yet short breaks there are relatively cheap compared to destinations in Western Europe.
Plan your trip carefully, keeping an open mind and a warm heart, and count the dollars before you head will allow you to travel on a shoestring budget later. Knowing where you’re heading and how much — or how little, if you’ve done your research — it will cost you before means you won’t have to tighten the purse strings as much when you’re there. As we all know, when you have a little extra in your pocket, life can be that touch more enjoyable!
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