Less Is More & More Is Less
Remember when I said money should always be a concern no matter how much of it you have? Well here is why, let’s say you have $50,000 (rolling in green) right now in your travel budget. With that, you could either book first class tickets and 5* hotels and travel twice throughout the year, OR budget your travels and go on more than 25 different trips in the same period of time. I know you’re thinking ‘I can’t even travel 25 times a year! I have commitments!’ well, I hate to break it to you but you don’t have $50,000 in your travel budget either. What I am trying to say is though, split the travel money you have into the absolute maximum number of times you can leave per year. Of course, you can’t allocate the exact same amount for each trip, your budget will depend on the country you are visiting and the activities you intend to partake in. For example, a trip to Thailand will not cost anywhere near a trip to Southern France; nor will a luxury stay in London for shopping and fine dining cost the same as a road trip through the U.K.
Where to Spend
Some things cannot be avoided. You need a plane ticket and you need somewhere to stay; if you’re road-tripping, you’ll need to rent a car. So these are the first things that you need to take into account. Be smart whilst booking each of those though, the more you spend here the less you’ll spend on activities, food, souvenirs, etc. If you’re really trying to save every last dime, you might consider Couchsurfing. I personally never tried it but this website will show you listings of people that are willing to host you for free. On one hand, you get to meet and stay with locals, and possibly meet very interesting people; on the other, there are some safety concerns, you won’t be provided with services in most cases and you could run into some very unpleasant surprises. Have you ever tried Couchsurfing? Share your experience in the comments section below!
Try book most of your tours or experiences in advance in order to have a clear image of how much the trip is going to cost. Moreover, Google search the prices of some standard items such as water, Coke (even if you don’t drink, it’s good for comparison), crisps, etc. If you’re renting a car, do not forget to take gas money into account; in Europe, stick to small cars with great fuel-consumption, trust me.
You don’t need to be a food lover to appreciate a good meal when on holiday. Trying different cuisines is an essential factor in getting to know a culture and its traditions. So make sure you dedicate enough money to go all-out on food a couple of times. However, make sure you try the cheap local stuff too; more times than not, that is where you’ll find the real authentic experience.
Finally, if you have a problem controlling yourself with credit cards, then call up your bank and set a limit before you travel. Remember that the more you spend on this trip, the less you’ll spend on the next one… if there is a next one!
Plan, Pack, Travel, Sulk, Repeat
Unlike most other things, the planning process is harder said than done. I tried my best to explain it briefly but you have to try it yourself to see how simple and fun it actually is. So stop giving yourself excuses to why you cannot travel right now, go back to part 1, choose a destination and plan your next adventure now!
If you need any help planning, do not hesitate to Contact me. If you enjoyed this guide, please like, comment, share and follow my website. Moreover, if you have any ideas of future posts you would like to see, please leave them in the comments section below. But most importantly… Grasp The Adventure!!!