I love traveling ya’ll but sometimes (well most of the time lol) my bank account won’t let me be great!
The prospect of travelling on a budget tends to come out of necessity rather than preference, yet just because you might be financially restricted in terms of your travel budget, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a fantastic adventure.
When it comes to travel, there are two fuels you’ll require; the first is resourcefulness and the second is money – as money is similar to the fuel of a plane… in that if there’s no fuel, the plane simply cannot take off.
Even when going to ‘cheap’ destinations such as Nepal and Indonesia money remains an essential component, and often, whilst the cost of living decreases in such countries the focus on money becomes more prominent. In many poor countries, particularly as a tourist, there is much more emphasis on money and many local people simply can’t comprehend the fact you are on a tight budget which can be a frustrating experience.
That said, you can travel on a budget and still have a wonderful time – but the key to this is making sure you have as much disposable cash as possible to use as spending money. The best way to ensure this is to reduce your main expenses such as accommodation in order to make better use your limited budget.
For instance, while it might be more convenient and comfortable to hire a car rather than getting a bus, the amount you will save could allow you to do all sorts of fun things like test out your Ninja Shark on a snorkeling safari… rather than be confined to your hotel due to having little spending money.
At the core of this concept is budget re-purposing, and in that vein, this blog continues with looking at how to reduce your two largest travel expenses; flights and accommodation.
Flights tend to take a large chunk of money from your travel fund. However, if you can be flexible with your flight dates then you can save a lot of money, as so often, you can save a few hundred dollars simply by travelling on a different day.
The more flexible you can be in terms of time and location, with regard to flights, the cheaper the flights will be. This way, if you save a couple of hundred dollars on the flight, then it’s more money to spend in the destination having fun.
WORK FOR YOUR ACCOMMODATION
Even countries known for being cheap such as India, a basic and relatively comfortable room can still cost a fair amount which adds up if you are travelling long term.
If you’re into slow travel then a good option is to rent a property for a couple of months, as this can work out a lot cheaper than staying in hotels.
The other thing to consider, if you’re really on a tight budget, are sites such as workaway that offer you the chance to “earn” your accommodation and food by volunteering for a few hours each day.
This is not just a great way to save money, but it’s a great way to be part of a vibrant community and meet other like-minded people whilst making a difference.
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