For the past few years, whenever I get all prepared up for a journey, my acquaintances used to say that they would want to join me. However, when the time comes, everybody would turn down the idea. Most of them would have genuine reasons and were very enthusiastic to go. Some reasons include family issues, lack of leave, or even money problems.
People ask me as to how I find enough money for all my trips. I personally feel that money and travel do not play a direct role, and instead, it is one’s own mindset that sets the tone for an adventurous journey.
There exists a huge difference when it comes to a tourist and a regular traveler, as far as money and other factors are concerned. Those who are eagerly waiting to spend their once in a year holiday on a quite lavish journey will definitely have saved up a part of money solely for that purpose and around 25-50% of their savings would be devoted to it. Top-notch living conditions, delicious food, and private taxis for a safe and comfortable journey all account for a good journey, and money spent there is well spent.
When it comes to a frequent traveler, what makes him/her unique is knowing how to choose proper and less expensive shelter, dietary and healthy meals, limited and necessary shopping, making use of local transport, and so on.
One thing that I make sure to follow is food concerns. Limiting food to twice a day not only affects our health in a positive manner but also increases our time to spend wisely elsewhere and lessen our expenses. Fruits and biscuits are prominently chosen for the purpose.
Another important factor to take into account is avoiding private taxis and experiencing travel in public transports which also helps us to see around and know how it is to be one among the various residents and how their lives are.
Try not to execute new ideas and plans while you are on the trip. This can cause a rift in the whole journey and affect your pocket. Traveling according to the plan would prove extremely fruitful. If you are someone who is in love with travel and would do anything to experiment with new things but your only issue is money, you are lucky!
There are hundreds of ways to overcome money problems. We all spend unnecessarily on various things and if we reroute them or put them off for a while, this issue can be solved very easily.
Imagine a person spending 1000 rupees for liquor and food every weekend. If that money is saved, over 36,000 rupees can be added to one’s travel expenses and this is only one of the many ways. If we put our mind to this strongly and if we discover our passion for travel, this can be achieved effortlessly. With the right and healthy attitude, one can find just enough money to make one’s travel dreams come true. Money is not a barrier to this if we just think right.
Here are some tips to reduce travel expenses:
1. Book your flights & hotels in advance
. 2. Try to go off season which may reduce your expenses by 30% – 60%.
3. Find a travel partner.
4. Use public transport – Avoid Taxis.(Share taxis are also recommended)
5. Use dormitory if available.
6. Collect drinking water from free sources.
7. If you are in another country ,control your data usage and phone communications.
8. Avoid pubs, alcohol, smoking etc.
9. Control your purchases.
10. Collect infos from reliable sources and beware of cheating.