When money is scarce, many save on travel. Unless you happen to love traveling. I realized a long time ago that instead of saving for a trip, you can save while traveling. This post also includes tips for cost-conscious travel.
For these reasons, tourism is considered expensive
Perhaps the main reason why tourism seems to swallow money is the way we travel. If we travel in the traditional tourist way, filling the days with paid activities, staying in hotels, and changing destinations several times during the trip, it is clear that daily budgets are not some tens, but throwing on a hundred and up. Even in low-cost countries, money is sinking heavily in this style, not to mention the domestic price level and the like.
This kind of travel style is, of course, perfectly ok when you have a fairer budget for the trip. But if the threshold for traveling is money, then it’s worth openly exploring your travel style and the different options for making the trips, at least before putting your gloves on the counter.
Data collection and preliminary surveys can help save a long penny, however, this takes time and requires dedication as well as taking notes. Unfamiliarness usually always pays off as a more expensive price tag. If time is more than money, you should invest in information gathering and discussion in various forums.
Factors that increase the wear and tear of money on a trip are known to be rush, fatigue, and a desire for comfort. Everyone knows how easy (i.e. difficult) it is to look for more budget-friendly options when schedules and fatigue are pushed on or nerves tighten. And even if you can still adjust yourself, the surface of the travel club may already be stretched.
At these points, the bus ride changes to a taxi, and if you can’t afford to race the taxis, you still end up paying the price. When hunger strikes one of the members of the party, there is no time to look for that lovely and inexpensive little café, but the alternative is to settle for the first oncoming cup, paying what you paid for.
Accommodation or flight bookings, which have been in a hurry to the last drop, meaning that prices are bouncing to a level that immediately destroys the hard-won target budget.
These unnecessary budget overruns on the trip are annoying to themselves as well, especially when they are repeated unnecessarily often and due to their babbling. Better planning and clarification in good time will help with this as well. But let’s also learn through the heel on the trip. Remains a stronger memory!
Indeed, the premise of many is that budget tourism is cumbersome and inconvenient. It doesn’t have to be that way, but indeed anticipation, effort, and resilient cow nerves are often asked for in it. And it is so that money provides easy and quick solutions to many problems.
However, a proactive and flexible travel attitude can become a habit when practiced and, on the other hand, overcoming small challenges can become the salt of the trip. No matter how well you plan, there will always be tops on the road and it’s good to have a little flexibility in your budget in addition to a flexible attitude.
However, the best stories always emerge from complicated journeys and special experiences. Not about how easily and effortlessly everything went smoothly when there was enough money and one could always choose the easiest way, avoiding misconceptions.
If even the travel companion can position himself in the same way and enjoy a bit of adventurous travel, the challenges can be turned into memorable (and at least retrospectively laughable) experiences.
Traveling can be made (unnecessarily) expensive
-Urgent preparations -> no time to find out options and the current price level in advance
-Hurry on the way -> there is no time to travel cheaply (by public, on foot), to tour to see accommodation or restaurants, but to choose the first
-Leaving reservations for the last drop (especially in high seasons)
-On the other hand, making all reservations in advance -> in the world, for example, not all accommodation is yet online and good on-site deals can be negotiated
-Fatigue -> can’t stand the price, bargain, or figure out options
-Desire for comfort -> no comfort can be compromised on the way, and no effort is desired to see
-Attitude -> affordable inn, eatery, transportation, etc. can’t be good
-Too much program for a short time and change seats every few days
-Inflexibility -> don’t even want to try something that doesn’t seem to fit your standards and habits
-Travel club inflexibility/constraints -> trade-offs have to be made, which are reflected in spending
These travel ticket torpedoes, when trying to pay attention in advance and plan their trip to avoid a hurry and constant change of location, can be enough for the travel ticket.
Traveling for savings?
It was a tremendous realization for me to realize that traveling doesn’t have to be more expensive than being at home. And that living on the road to travel can even mean savings compared to everyday life. Of course, this does not apply to all travel, but it is still possible under certain conditions. This insight was also one of the keys to a freer life.
Although longer trips abroad are not on the agenda of many right now, I will highlight a few points here. Getting savings when you are best off with a longer stay in a country with a low standard of living. For short vacations, it’s worth thinking about how you can enjoy the things that matter to you most financially. The purpose and purpose of the trip are decisive.
The destination country and region play an essential role in the travel economy. They create a framework for the operating budget and how comfortable living on that budget. It is worth researching well in advance what you will get with your euro in each destination.
The second is to optimize the money spent on flights. Especially when flying long distances, flights are such a big expense that you should try to arrange travel time for at least a month, if not more. If, for example, your return flight to Asia costs € 700 for a two-week trip, it already makes € 50 divided into the daily budget for each day of travel. If, on the other hand, you can spend 2 months (8 weeks) on the trip, it will make up to € 12.5 per day.
Once the share of air travel in the daily budget has been printed to a reasonable level, it is easy to save on other expenses, for example in the direction of Asia. Choosing a destination country or region is one of the most important ways to regulate your travel budget in advance, thus enabling you to save by traveling. The choice of destination also affects how much value you get for each euro.
In European destinations, the share of flights will be lower, but services and restaurant meals, in particular, will cost more than in Asia. In Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean countries, too, it is possible to keep monthly costs down to a relatively low level, whether it is a tourist concentration or a more local area.
Even that, flying less often and spending longer at the destination is always a little less bad for the environment than several flights a year. In Europe, motoring and train travel are also options. However, if you do not want to give up long-distance travel and flying, you can make good choices in terms of responsibility in many other places.
A longer stay is cost-effective
How much is your monthly budget in your home country? Longer travel often makes it possible to underestimate the amount of the normal monthly operating budget in Finland, and this is the best way to save by traveling.
Many winterers in Spain or South-East Asia are well aware that with a monthly budget of € 500-1000 / person, they can already live quite well in their destination country. In my experience, Vietnam, and Indonesia, in particular, enable good value for money stays in Southeast Asia.
Those staying longer in the destination can find cheaper accommodation deals and otherwise live more local everyday life than a holidaymaker of a couple of weeks. And you can spice up your travel sheet with comfortable experiences or excursions to places of interest.
In recent years, this kind of travel has become for me that new normal way of staying abroad. That own everyday life is taken to a new environment and becomes the variation and charm that is often sought on a trip.
While living in the apartments, you can make some meals and coffees yourself in the cabins yourself, and these also save you big savings over the weeks. Already the fridge and kettle are helpful. Personally, I enjoy the convenience of not having to go out after every cup of coffee.
A leisurely and unpretentious form of stay is the time to get acquainted with the provision of decent services and to find local favorite shops, cafes and restaurants where even the level of anger is at stake.
Monthly budgets at home and on the trip, when of course not always the right comparables. Income on a long trip can often not be earned in the same way as working in normal life. This, on the other hand, is a matter of arrangement, and the income side can begin to be put in shape at a certain transition period, for example, by working remotely, using laptop entrepreneurship, and passive income.
On the other hand, regular paid work includes paid holidays and holiday pay, ie the income level is maintained even if you use your annual leave, 4-6 weeks, on the trip. A few weeks unpaid on top of that, an extension of its annual detachment arrangement.
Savings when traveling can be accumulated at that time, if at the same time you can temporarily rent your apartment or incense other domestic expenses.
Hold during a stay abroad or volunteering pieces of building and civil engineering pet sitter so the ropes, so that to keep costs in check and a half to bring the contents of a nice trip everyday life. These opportunities can also be found in homeland.