A few practical tips on traveling the world within budget, without hurting your pockets by Vartika Mehrotra Gakhar
Being a travel enthusiast, I am always on a lookout for new and exciting destinations to explore. Traveling makes me happy and rejuvenates me for a few months till I start my hunt for another spot. From hills to beaches to wild, I love everything. Nature has some magic. It makes you forget all your problems and you are in a different world for a few days and that’s what one wants in life. Solace. Peace. A break from the monotonous schedule, routined and programmed life. But it is not possible to pack your bags and start travelling every second day. It requires a lot of planning, time, energy and most of all, money. I try to go out of my cocoon once in a quarter or every 6 months at max.
After relocating to Poland, I could explore a few more countries as we are on a Schengen Visa and hence don’t need a separate VISA to visit many European countries. Moreover, there are many small countries which can be covered over the weekend and we don’t need to take an off from our work.
Many of my friends think I am making dollars here and shelling out a huge amount of money for my vacations but that’s not true. Here I am sharing a few practical tips from my personal experience on how to travel the world on a budget.
Plan in advance:
Planning is the most important part of the travel and I focus the most on it. With two toddlers with me, it becomes even more important. List down the destinations that are on your bucket list and you want to explore. Check the tickets availability and modes of travel. Compare the cost of the trip among all the listed destinations and choose wisely keeping your budget in mind. Sometimes, you get a better deal on flights, almost at the same price as the rail. Keep an eye on the schemes and discounts the airlines are offering. Book your travel well in advance to get the best rates. There is an option to compare the rates on the entire month, explore and find when are you getting the best deal, book accordingly.
Unless I wish to attend any festival going on like “La Tomatina, Spain” or visit any particular spot like “Keukenhof Tulip garden, Amsterdam” which is open only for 2 months in a year during the peak season, I try to plan my travel during the offseason only. Visiting any location during the offseason has a few benefits like you get cheaper flight tickets, low hotel rates, a lesser crowd in public transports, a few travelers than in the which makes it easier to explore the location at leisure. You can take clear pictures at the popular spots without much of hassles of the other travelers. Win-win situation, isn’t it?
Traveling to Italy and foraging Indian food, does it really make sense? Don’t just explore the destination, explore their food, their cuisine also. You can get Indian food all across the globe but you will end up paying a huge amount for it. Go local and try their delicacies and staples. Research well about the popular foods of the particular city/country you are visiting before you embark on your journey. You can ask for recommendations on platforms like Tripadvisor from the travelers who had visited the place before. Alternatively, you can also check with the locals. People love to boast about their place and can suggest you some good places to dine out. You will not only save your money but also develop a new taste. Always carry some ready to eat and packed snacks with you just in case you get stuck somewhere and don’t find any eating option.
Airbnb has become my favorite stay in the last two years. Not just they are cheaper than the hotels but also give you comfort like home. Nowhere they compromise on the comfort and cleanliness. You have equal safety and privacy as in your hotel room. Another advantage of staying in Airbnb is the accessibility to the kitchen. As I travel with kids, a kitchen is a mandatory requirement for me to heat milk or to cook something healthy for them. You can cook your breakfast and leave for sightseeing. Also, you can carry noodles, quick ready heat and eat meals to save time and money.
Download their travel app:
Taxis are very costly in many countries. We prefer communicating by public transports instead of hiring a cab. It may sound daunting in a new country and an unknown system but with some planning, it can be made easier and hassle-free. Download the travel app of the particular location you are traveling to. Also, download 1 or 2 cab apps just to be safe in case of an emergency or getting late to catch the flight or anything else.
Many countries have travel cards for the travelers with different plans, you get free entry to many monuments, museums etc., free travel on public transport and discounts on various hotels/ restaurants. Like in Amsterdam, you have IAmsterdam Card, London Travel Card in London, Prague Card in Praha etc. Explore these well in advance and you can save a lot.
So, these were a few tips based on my experience. Would you like to share yours?
About the Guest writer in her own Words: I am a blessed mother of beautiful twin girls and a happy wife of a man with a golden heart. An HR by profession, an amateur painter, a travel enthusiast exploring the world, avid reader, big foodie, nature and DIY lover and a blogger by chance. I hail from the city of Nawabs and Kebabs, Lucknow and married in Delhi based Punjabi family. Currently, I am exploring life in another part of the world, Poland, miles away from my family in India. Though I’m an extrovert and fun loving person I believe in vibes game and very strongly believe that people who are meant for you will stay in your life, come what may and rest with automatically gravitate away. I am a very simple person and can’t take fakeness and duality at all. Show-offs turn me off and the best quality I like in a person is staying grounded. I am a dreamer and mantra of my life is “Chase your dreams, not the people”. I embarked on my blogging journey in September 2017 while trying to cope up with my father’s loss as writing gave me solace. I have a versatile blog where I share my experiences in parenting, travel, cooking, relationships, lifestyle and social issues. I pour my heart out in all my articles using simple language so that my readers need not to refer a dictionary to understand me and I feel that is why people love and connect with me. I write for various platforms like Momspresso, Women’s Web, Babychakra, Budding Star, Sheroes etc.
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