When I talk to people, the biggest hindrance I hear in being able to travel the world is money. I get it. Things cost money and the more people in your party, the more money it costs. There’s basically only three categories that seem to wear on the pocketbook. Let’s have a look see, and maybe we’ll come up with some solutions.
1. Where You Lay Your Head. This is important. Who wants to sleep in a place that is dirt and uncomfortable? I don’t. When you’re on vacation, rest and comfort is key, but does that mean spending an arm and a leg on nice hotels? Sometimes, in the U.S., you can find good deals on decent hotels, however, when you travel the world, you’ll find that many places charge PER PERSON! That adds up fast! It’s totally possible to find relaxing places everywhere without draining the dinero. Personally, my go to spot to find a good deal on a place that’s clean is Airbnb. We’ve stayed in some fantastic places AND met some incredible people. Just be sure to read the reviews and find a place that’s going to accommodate your party. If you find yourself in White River, South Africa, do book your relaxing, comfortable, affordable night’s stay with us! Wink, wink.
2. What You Put In Your Belly. This is equally important as where you sleep! Eating out every meal can get quite expensive. Look for places that offer self-catering options, and cook some of your meals rather visiting the local restaurant. Alternatively, munch on granola bars and fruit for breakfast and utilize refrigeration (most hotels have mini fridges these days) to store cold cuts for lunch. You can also change it up by opting for lunch as your restaurant meal since prices seem to be reasonable midday.
3. Getting Around In Style. You have to use some mode of transportation to get from point A to point B. One trip to England and Ireland, we literally took every mode of transportation…planes, trains, automobiles, and let’s not forget ferries. A little research ahead of time and we were able to find the best deals to get around. Local transport is also a great way to save money instead of a rental car. Services like Uber (it’s like the Airbnb of transport) are also a great way to ride in style on a budget.
These are the tricks I’ve found that have helped us travel the world and make it affordable. What wise nuggets of wisdom have you learned that has helped you save a buck and still travel?