22 Feb Budget Travel
Budget Travel isn’t for everyone …
and the word budget means different things to different people. While not splurging on a 5 star might be budget to some, to most it means forgoing lunch in lieu of a bus ticket or finding out what you can do around a hostel or in a home stay to get a discount (or a free ride if you’re really good.)
Old growth forests of Washington
I tend to travel by however much money I’ve accumulated before I walk through the gate and board the plane. Depending on how much time I have, I may fix up situations like the aforementioned ones to pinch pennies, but mainly I just try to stay in inexpensive friendly places, like home stays and hostels, or if I’m really lucky and the locale permits, my tent.
Take the United States for example. We are famous for the immense and diverse landscape of our country, full of national parks with exceptional camping facilities. While I didn’t see myself traveling within my own country due to funds, it was possible because of my trusty tent (and a few helpful friends’ soft couches along the way!)
City of Rocks, Idaho Rainbow Lakes, Colorado
Tents aren’t for everyone either, but I truly love mine (even with the little rip my loving Marmaduke of a dog put in it.) The greatest part about the tent is it gives a little leeway to my highly controversial travel philosophy which in short is body vs. wallet. I almost always choose countries that won’t hurt my wallet, but are tough on the body, however,
the tent provides a possibility to explore more expensive countries without paying a fortune to rest your head …or getting fleas.
I toured the Northwest for a month: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon – and only had to get a hotel room twice! While you might as well sell a kidney to pay hotel rates in the states, but camping fees are quite reasonable – many leaving you with all the bare necessities you could ask for.
Jewel Basin, Montana
Food at the grocery (while still expensive) is only a fraction of what you’d pay to eat out and, to me, the company couldn’t get any better. By that I mean there is no company but the trees and the deer (or rocks and snakes, depending where you are.)
Most travel lovers cut things out of their daily lives to save up for trips. The hardest (and probably most important) thing to resist is the temptation to go out to eat. Being a food lover (and not adverse to avoiding dishes) that’s what I struggle with most. Especially at lunchtime. I work downtown in a tiny office with a café next door that will actually serve at my desk …anything from hot chocolate to Chilaquiles (my favorite Mexican dish.) So resisting that temptation is really hard but worth it because, as we all know, it adds up.