Travel is one of the best ways to open your mind to new cultures and experiences that you otherwise wouldn’t be challenged with, but for some the perceived financial cost can be a turn off. If you’re itching to get out and explore the world but don’t have the bank balance to accommodate a luxury trip, it’s time to think smaller – you will be surprised at what you learn about yourself when traveling on a budget.
Think About What You Have – Not What You Don’t
Instead of thinking about the amount of money you don’t have, think positively about the money you do have and how to stretch it out with realistic destinations. Instead of a whirlwind tour of Europe, consider a 4 week backpacking tour of just a few European countries. Spending 4 weeks immersed in a completely different environment and culture is better than staying at home doing the same routine.
Adjust Your Lifestyle
You’ve likely become accustomed to your local eating and drinking places, catching a cab everywhere or even treating yourself to the movies and concerts. When you think about travel – change your thinking. Eating like the locals do is the best way to save on food and really get a taste, pardon the pun, for their culture. While you will still want to do the ‘tourist things’, adjust the temptation to go when it suits you. Look online at the numerous Groupon coupons available for popular tourist destinations during less busy days and times of the week – you’ll be surprised how much you can see and do on limited funds.
Meet and Talk to People!
A large part of the travel experience is talking to people who have completely different upbringings and thoughts to you – and the best part, conversation is free! If you spend entire days just meeting people and learning about where they are from and how they enjoy their country, you will be surprised how much you will gain and grow from their experiences. As an added bonus, these locals are likely to want to show you their country, which is in turn a free and local tour!
These are just three of the great ways that you can get out of your comfort zone and expand your mind and soul on a budget – so instead of focusing on what you can’t do, start to think about what you can!