Travel on a budget: There is an inexplicable relationship between me and travelling. I need my share of vacations pretty much every month undeniably. There were months when I could spend a 50 grand on a 2-3 day vacation and then there are those when I am like 5000 max! Yes, we all tend to get broke in no time because there are a lot of other things to really take care of. No matter what, you need not be a millionaire to travel on a frequent basis.

Travel on a budget and sticking to it

Now, when I am saying a budget it means if I have Rs. 5000 I am going to plan my travel in such a way that I have Rs. 500 handy always. Some people I have come across just don’t want to plan the travelling part which I never understood why. Honestly, when you travel on a budget you eventually become more structured about the way you do things.

When it comes to planning your travel on a budget, remember, the world is a kind place and there are a lot of things that are free or at least cheap to find. I understand that some of us really have exclusive or let’s say pampered tastes but when you are travelling, especially alone, you learn to adapt. There are a lot of things a lot of people will list down about travelling in a budget but I’d rather pull a list of pointers you can always remember.

  • Take the public transport everywhere! Cheap and safe.
  • Walk and walk. Then walk a little more. You see more and lose weight.
  • Find WiFi where ever you go. That’s the key to being socially connected and works as a boon.
  • Be a freelancer. Allows you the flexibility of working irrespective of where ever you are.
  • Stay in a hostel. Zostel in India is a fantastic yet cheaper alternative to crash in.
  • Do the AirBnB drill. Trust me, you will get reasonable options often.
  • Look for flights at least 4-5 weeks before.¬†Flights have dynamic pricing. You will never realize how soon the cost shot up. I usually check for the flight I need 2 month before and if it fits in my budget I book that one. Clear your cookies and check the flights.
  • Never buy flight tickets during public holidays. And try buying them during weekdays.
  • Eat local. That is cheaper and you will always know the tastes of their cuisines.
  • You can always skip one of the meals. For example combining your lunch and breakfast, BRUNCH! I usually feel full anyway when I am travelling.
  • Street food is your saviour!
  • Skip the roaming costs. You have Skype and Whatsapp calls!
  • Hit the streets for shopping.
  • Hitchhike! Not everyone will feel you are a danger, I am sure there are some nice people always on the road who are willing to help.
  • Set your own camp. Invest in a good camping tent and you have your own home with you always. Nature enthusiasts love it!
  • Travel off-season, because duh, less people, less money to burn!
  • Learn about where you are travelling. Some education will never harm rather help, especially for single travellers.
  • Get a travel insurance. This is not offbeat but rather a necessity. Emergencies are unexpected and you might just end up paying thousands in a foreign land.
  • Speak to the locals. If you want to find more alternatives, the people of the place will guide you better.

So to travel on a budget is not really a rocket science. Plan and hit the road and let your travelling journey be an inspiration.

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