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Friday, July 3, 2009

How to Travel on a Budget

If you think you can't afford to travel, think again. There are easy ways to get where you want to go.

  1. Do a web-search and get lists of all the Youth Hostels and Backpacker Hostels in all the places you have selected to visit. Think of your accommodations as just a place to sleep. You can stay with friends or relatives, but read the next step.
  2. Find out if you can stay with friends, but make sure you follow the rule, "Fish and Guests stink after 3 days". You don't want to overstay your welcome and lose a friendship.
  3. Spend your days cheaply. Walk around a lot, and visit free or cheap attractions. Use shuttle buses or other cheap public transport. You can learn a lot about a place without spending a lot of money. Talk to people who seem friendly and ask for suggestions.
  4. Avoid eating out -- bring noodles and soup packets. This way, you can travel for 6 weeks with less than $1,000 cash. Since you are there for the adventure, not the shopping, you won't need to buy souvenirs, either.
  5. Book your hostel or hotel for one night only, that way you have a place to stay when you arrive but can look around for better deals on the next day. You can usually leave your pack or luggage at the first hostel so you don't need to lug it around while looking for a cheaper place.

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