Travelling is one of the most exciting adventures out there that everyone should try at least once in their life. The excitement of venturing into a whole different culture is a great feeling; experiencing different weather, environments, flora, and fauna. It’s almost impossible to get enough of that feeling.
Unfortunately, these adventures might be a bit expensive. Despite being one of the most unique experiences, not everyone has the adequate budget to travel. I know how frustrating it is to miss out on that one group trip your friends are taking because you have a tight budget, which is why I’ve compiled the ultimate guide to adventures on a budget.
Thank me later.
Choosing Your Adventure
When we hear the word “vacation”, one would normally think about big luggage and airline travelling, and that’s the first mistake while travelling on a budget.
The world is full of amazing destinations for an excellent adventure; most of you have one or more of them nearby, and you probably haven’t even noticed. When looking for an adventure, people often think of a distant country they’ve always wanted to visit–which is absolutely cool, we all have that one dream destination. However, there’s much more to adventures than international travelling. Choose a destination that you’ve never tried before, one that doesn’t necessarily require expensive airline tickets or hotel expenses.
Grabbing your sleeping bag or your tent and heading into the forest for a camping night is the perfect example of a cheap, yet exciting adventure. Go for a destination that really calls your attention, whether it’s a known local forest or an expedition to the mountains.
It sure is awesome to visit a whole different surrounding, but have you ever considered staying local?
How about exploring your own city?
People often look for an exterior adventure not realizing they have plenty of adventures at their doorstep. Explore your surroundings; I bet you’ll find loads of amazing destinations that you didn’t even know about. Best part? You won’t have to spend a single cent on plane tickets.
If your budget allows you to travel but you still want to reduce your travelling expenses significantly, there’s a wide variety of options that will help you get the most out of your trip without punishing your wallet.
Let’s analyze the expenses of travelling. The main expenses come down to airplane tickets and hotel rooms. So, it’s time to think of a way to avoid or reduce these two expenses.
First off, airplane tickets. The price of airplane tickets is based on the distance travelled; hence choosing a closer destination will result in your airplane ticket being way cheaper than a far destination. However, there’s a very important factor that you should consider before choosing your destination; the worth of your currency in the country you’re going to visit.
It’s as simple as this:
Strong currencies such as US Dollars, Euros, Canadian Dollars and British Pounds can come in extremely handy in certain countries. There are multiple countries in both Europe and South America in which strong currencies reach their peak; meaning you’ll get more out of your money in those countries than you would in your home country. For example, with the money you’d need for a room in a 3-star hotel in the US, you could be getting a room in a 5-star hotel in other countries–and you might even have some left over in your pocket.
Taking advantage of the worth of your currency can turn a budget trip into luxury travelling if you select the right destination.
Want to minimize costs as much as possible? Try renting a room or vocational homes through local newspapers and online announcements. Contact the landlords prior to your trip and ask everything you need to know. Websites like Airbnb and Couchsurfing are great ways to cut down on accommodation costs. You could even join a work exchange program or housesit. Avoiding hotel expenses does make a significant change.
Travelling With Friends
There are a handful of ways to enjoy a trip with a small budget. Another great idea is group travelling. Gather up a group of friends or relatives and go on your next adventure; splitting expenses does make travelling much easier (and way more enjoyable).
Don’t let a small budget stop you from enjoying one of the most awesome experiences out there. Following these recommendations, you’ll be able to get the most out of each experience without having to worry about an overload of expenses.