FIGURE OUT YOUR PRIORITIES
Realize that travel doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think, however you will need to budget and you will need to compromise. Setting expectations and priorities will help you determine how much you’ll need to budget. If you’re not willing to compromise and want nothing but the best, be prepared to pay top dollar.
Some priorities to consider:
- Experiencing the culture
- Exploring the food
- Living like a local
FIND ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATIONS
Hotels are usually the first places people look at for accommodation when traveling, they are typically also the most expensive. If you’re a solo traveler consider looking at hostels, you’ll save money and even get to meet fellow travelers. If you’re traveling with friends or a family consider using a site like Airbnb. You’ll have the option of choosing to rent a room in someone’s home or opt to have the whole place to yourself. I love Airbnb, it’s the perfect way to experience the local culture while living like a local.
If you’re lucky to know people at your destination see if you can stay with them. This will save you tons of money and as long as you’re not an obnoxious house guest you’ll pretty much be able to get away with helping out with food (if you’re eating theirs) and cleaning up after yourself as payment.
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*This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.