Have you always wanted to travel, but were afraid to spend beyond your means? Well, here's good news: travel doesn't have to be expensive. Travel is not the exclusive responsibility of people who can afford to struggle through anything. Whether you are an ordinary office worker, a student, or a retiree, you have the right to enjoy the wonders of the world appropriate to your financial standing. Be your own travel guide!
Choosing to be your own travel guide will help you find resourceful solutions to the endless travel expenses. Traveling is even more fun when the bag is not heavy. Cheap travel is a practice that many people are not yet proficient in. Many travelers have been cheated by expensive travel guides and travel agencies without knowing that there are actually several ways to reduce the financial challenges.
Here are ways you can travel at minimal cost:
1. Find the cheapest hostel
Hostels are relatively cheaper than hotels. Though smaller and cramped, they offer the same amenities and sometimes the same basic travel convenience as many hotels. If you're looking for free WiFi, free breakfast, and free airport transfers, most hostels also offer this service. Others offer free laundry, employee-sponsored parties, and a common room where you can chat and get to know each other.
The only things you have to endure are space and, in certain hostels, hygiene. The trick is to do your research in advance. Read the reviews to find out what previous guests think. You have a clear idea of which hostels to consider and which to avoid. Finally, keep an eye out for promos. Hostels sometimes offer discounts and other perks. A dormitory may be a lot cheaper, but if you want a cleaner and less upside-down situation (especially if you are female), choose a dormitory for women. These rooms are usually less crowded and more comfortable.
2. Go more
Traveling on a budget means preparing to forego taxis or private cars. However, what most comfort travelers don't understand is that they actually spend more on transportation costs than food, accommodation, or souvenirs. Some taxi drivers take advantage of tourists and drive them in circles, forcing them to pay more than is necessary. On the one hand, if you use your feet more often, you can not only test and improve your sense of orientation, but also see and experience interesting places that are inaccessible through regular transport. If you're not sure where to go, check out blogs, brochures, or local magazines. They can serve as a portable travel guide.
3. Accept a flexible itinerary
The worst thing you can do when traveling is to adhere to rules. It's important to have an itinerary to keep things in order, but it's much more important to enjoy your trip and have fun. Give a little space for unexpected adventures. Don't set your return date if you think you need more time to explore a place. Your itinerary may look great, but first-hand suggestions from locals and backpackers make traveling more exciting. Travel guides and magazines may have no idea about these suggested places, which are usually underestimated, less crowded, and far more beautiful than many tourist places made famous by the mileage of the media.
Spontaneity, experiencing culture, discovering new territory and meeting new people – these are just a few reasons why we have to travel. Stick to your budget and your money will be least considered.