What are the tips or points one should consider to plan for budget travel?
First....choice of destination. Don't even try and find a cheap way to go to Bora Bora, but look at somewhere like Thailand or Vietnam where you will get a lot more on a budget.
Look at the low cost airline hub cities - ie Kuala Lumper in Malaysia for Air Asia - and check their routes, you may find a $1 flight or something..i went to vietnam purely because it was a $1 flight.
Once you have your destination, read travelblog lots 😊 Im sure there is a budgeting spreadsheet thread somewhere around.
Welcome to Travelblog, and the adventure of travel. People have written entire books on your question...and they are well worth reading. The advice I picked up for my own trip:
1. Destination impacts costs more than any other factor. A week in Southeast Asia will cost less than a single day in the US or Europe.
2. Time of year has the second largest impact. Low season will be much cheaper than high, especially any place tourist orientated (beach towns, etc.) Unfortunately, low season is when the weather tends to be the worst. The best time to visit is usually the shoulder season between those two.
3. Consider your acceptable comfort level. In general, the less comfortable the cheaper it gets. Sleeping in a tent will be cheaper than a hostel bed which will be much cheaper than a hotel. A slow, hot, cramped cross country bus tends to be cheaper than the train which tends to be much cheaper than flying.
4. Learn to like street food, which is much cheaper (and often more interesting) than restaraunts. Learn to cook on a camp stove too.
5. Look for last minute deals, which is much easier during shoulder seasons. The internet is great for this.
I tend to pick somewhere i want to go with 12 to 6 months notice, work out the airlines or flights and accomodation youre interested in...then wait for a special 😊 If youre happy to book 9 months in advance you can get some massive specials....and its always nice to have something planned.
A friend also said that a trip to Vietnam is very cheap but you'll enjoy it there.
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I would also add to consider CouchSourfing or Wwoofing if you plan to travel for longer. CS especially can bring your costs significantly down not just because of free accommodation but because you share days with other people (i.e. cooking, drinking transport around town etc). And it is a great way to meet awesome people;-)
Budget holiday is safe if i would consider kenya as my tourist destination? or any African country
Choosing a destination is a must. After you choose a place, find an "all in package" or airlines that have seat sale or cheaper fare. Read reviews online about the place, list down budget hotels and places to eat.
Careful planning is the key for budget travel.
I would like to point out that even if all the info suggest that a certain place is cheap it can prove to be quite expensive because of particular time of a year like X-mas and local holidays. Even though Peru was supposed to be 20$ per person we spent like 60+pp because of the time o the year and the fact that we only visited touristic places like Cuzco and Machu Picchu.
In my field it is best to find deals on places that might save you on food. For example I might live in the mountains but like cruises. So I can save on the food. If you visit the mountains where I am you might want to rent a Smoky Mountain cabin
rather than a hotel where you have to go out and get food every day.
The most important is your destination. You should research on staying cost, eating cost, transport cost etc. Like In Orange County you can choose Irvine for your budget travel.
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