My college roommate, Carl and I were taking the big cultural leap that all young people seem to benefit from, travel. After graduating from college and three years of teaching elementary school in the Philadelphia school system, we'd both saved enough money to travel Europe for a couple of months during our summer vacation.
When I travel, my itinerary generally looks something like:
1. Figure out what the destination is
2. Find the local watering hole
Before setting off on my bicycle tour around the world, I knew I wanted to go travelling. I didn’t really think about the method, I imagined I would just pack a backpack and catch a flight somewhere. The rest would figure itself out along the way. I had done small trips before my grand idea; six weeks in Kenya & Tanzania, three weeks in Thailand and city-hopping in Europe. Despite the amazing memories, I did remember the 13-hour bus rides along bumpy roads, whizzing past small towns & villages to get to the cities or the next tourist destination.
One of the most asked questions I receive when I tell people I travel the world is, "How do you afford to travel?"
Today, I will share with you the plan that helped make my dreams come true.
If you are visiting Asia for the first time, Thailand is one of the best countries to visit, especially when it comes to travelling on a budget. If you didn't know earlier, despite what it looks like Thailand is actually a budget-friendly destination. Below are a few break downs of costs involved for a month's stay. The rates might have slightly shifted, but you will be able to estimate your cost for a rough idea on how much to allocate.
While some may think taking a holiday to the Maldives is a costly affair, it does not have to be. Yes, you can splurge and enjoy the finest luxuries, but you can also plan a budget-friendly vacay while experiencing the finest of what the country has to offer. Intrigued? Here is a guide on how you can do just that and have a getaway like no other!
We've all heard about how buying local is better. It supports local businesses and farmers, gives you a stronger connection to the product, lowers the environmental impacts of travel and lessens contributions to unsafe and unfair work places. But what about adventuring local?
Over the years, accommodation facilities have increased in great length. Even so in terms of both pricing and quality. In addition, the location of these facilities and the amount of people do matter. What’s more, if you want to keep travel cost low, camping is your best option.
If you are a student, then the chances are that traveling is one thing you have been willing to have more of on your calendar but could not afford. We’ve all been there! Don’t even try to deny it.
So we’re merrily rolling along in somewhere called “Whaley Bridge” about a fortnight ago when BAM! The exhaust fell off. As you can imagine, that isn’t going to be free to fix. The RAC patrol worker was great and did a temporary fix. But it needs to be done permanently. And guess what, we have no idea how much it is going to cost! And guess what else, we’re not exactly rolling in it right now. I’m used to living on a fairly tight budget. I’m one of five children and my mum raised us on one wage. So budgeting is something I’m fairly familiar with. But budgeting in a van is a whole different ball game. Yes, you have fewer outgoings. But you also have fewer incomings unless you’re working full time. So I thought I’d make a budget in case anyone was in the same or similar situation to us.
Believed to have been built around 1450, the Incan-built city of Machu Picchu sat quietly enclosed between two mountains - the Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountains - before an American historian brought it universal fame in 1911. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted as one of the seven wonders of the world. It now attracts more tourists than any other site in Peru, and is one of the top tourist sites in all of Latin America. With only a limited amount of people allowed into Machu Picchu daily, the task of visiting this historical wonder may seem daunting to even an experienced traveler.
Whether you love or hate vanlife, you’ve got to admit it’s kind of interesting. I mean, who hasn’t secretly thought about jacking it all in and living on the open road? We’ve all thought about it at some point. Even those people who completely shit on the idea are secretly a bit jealous. Everyone’s vanlife experience is totally different and there are some negative things, of course. But there are some really great things about vanlife that pretty much everyone will love.