Let’s face it, money doesn’t grow on trees. Unless you’re a major celebrity, a member of the royal family or an heir or heiress to a large family fortune, you really have to plan your vacation properly. However, there is a considerable difference between traveling on a budget and downright short-changing yourself. While a lot of people do make plans, they usually end up going the wrong way. Sometimes, all their planning and penny pinching leaves them unsatisfied with the whole trip and then the whole thing just becomes a waste of time, energy and money.
One good example is my aunt’s family. Whenever they travel, they always end up eating the same food they eat at home. Why? Well, my aunt believes that eating out is very expensive. Instead of spending money on restaurants, it is far more economical to bring food along and then just cook or heat them in the microwave when at the lodge or at the hotel.
I have to admit, she has a point. This is a good way to save on the big bucks. However, eating the same home-cooked meal isn’t exactly the most inspiring way to go. Actually, it feels a little depressing. Isn’t the whole point of spending your vacation in another country is to experience something different? Travel isn’t merely about sightseeing or going on tour, it’s about exploring the local culture. My uncle and cousins actually feel the same way but it’s usually my aunt who triumphs in the end. I suppose my uncle can just sneak a few snacks in between the trip. Lately, though, it feels like my aunt’s starting to be more adventurous.
You don’t have to eat out every night. It may also be wise to do a little research on the place you’re about to spend a week or so in. Get to know what the local delicacies are. For example, you can forego the usual spaghetti and meatballs and look for India’s tangy pork “vindaloo” instead. Or maybe you can look for the smoked cod, salmon and eel roe when in Ireland. Try to experience the flavor of your destination and I assure you, it will be money well spent.
Take it from Rudy Maxa of Smart Travels TV, “If I spend big $$$ to get there, why deny myself the perks of being there? I try to “travel in style for less.” An occasional splurge is OK—even necessary!”