Whenever you think about travelling, the first thing you think about it how expensive it must be.  It was definitely the first thought I had when thinking about my dream of travelling to various parts of the world.  You are not wrong it does cost money; however travelling is not as expensive as you may think.  With the right amount of planning and budgeting, I believe that travelling is affordable for pretty much everyone.  I have included some tips below if like me your dream is to explore the world we live in, if you take note of some of them, there is nothing but yourself stopping you from chasing your dream.

Using Hostels

A go to from any traveller who is travelling on a budget.  It is astounding how much money you can save when you swap hotels or rental homes for hostels.  You need to look at it as a place that you can put your head down and that’s it.  When travelling you don’t need the room service or the 5 star rated ‘essentials’ that are advertised at most hotels.  What you are getting with hostels however is a genuine/true experience of the place you are visiting; with this add in the great atmosphere and people who are on the same journey with you.  You will make friends and some fantastic memories whilst saving yourself a lot of money.  When it comes to picking a hostel, try to acquire one with a kitchen.  By doing this you will tend to find there is usually food that is prepared for you, if not appliances that you can use to whip up a meal with things you have purchased from a local market.  This eliminates having to eat out for food on a daily bases, leading you to save more money.  Hostels are the way forward for any traveller.

Fun without Spending

Exploring or venturing around your destination doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money.  You do not have to visit all of the expensive tourist attractions to gain an experience.  For me more of the experience is away from commercial tourist attractions and more within the natural depth of your location.  The beaches, caves, local markets etc are a must and will give you so much more of a genuine experience.  This will allow you to build memories and happiness, so try to focus on that a lot more than buying yourself souvenirs or spending all of your money on the nearest water park.

Travelling

Whilst plane journeys are direct and a lot quicker, it is always good to consider road transport when it’s time to move onto your next location.  Not only will this save you a lot of money, it will also give you a look at the different cultures and places around you, rather than staring down from the sky.  Coaches are a popular option for any traveller and the facilities they have are improving all of the time.  Travelling via road is a lot different than it used to be, whether it is your wifi hotspots on board or powering sockets for your electrical goods.  I have been discussing the vast improvements of road travel recently with IRU (International Road Transport Union) Secretary General Umberto de Pretto.  De Pretto joined the IRU back in 1995 and has overseen various amounts of roles with the business, so he really knows what he is talking about when it comes to road transport.  De Pretto was awarded the IRF Professional of the Year award back in 2015, recognising his influential work as a transport leader.

Enjoy It

Don’t allow any form of financial stress effect your time travelling, if you start to struggle there are many opportunities that can help you.  This is your dream and do not let anything ruin that, you are in control and trust me it will be something that you will never regret.

 

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