Broke but desperate for holidays? Well join the club!!
Everyone has been at that point in their life where they are so desperately in need of a holiday but sadly can’t afford it. Others feel that it is too difficult to organise a low budget holiday so they don’t bother to even think about it. Either way, this article will give you a few ideas of what to do and where to could go when you are in this situation.
As I have mentioned in a different article, living in London can make travelling a bit easier. There are more choices on potential destinations and low cost flights. But even if you don’t live in London you can always make it happen!
Have you ever been in that position? I definitely have! Although that has been the deal for me the past few years I always manage to find a solution according to my budget? How?
A few tips on how to book a low budget trip are:
1) Book your tickets in advance.
Booking your plain tickets, train tickets etc. in advance always saves you a few extra cash. On the other hand last minute purchases usually cause you to spend a bit more.
2) Couchsurfing, AirBnB, Hostels
The above and other similar sites are a perfect solution for a comfortable and cheep accommodation or even free accommodation in some occasions.
3) Try to avoid countries with a high cost of living.
Easy! Google it!
In my case, when I am planning a low budget escape I know not to look into countries like Switzerland, Norway or Bermuda as they are considered to have one of the highest living costs. Instead I would be looking for places more like India, South America, Egypt, Tunisia, Vietnam and more.
4) Choose to visit countries during low season when prices are reduced even more.
For example, if you plan to go to a Greek island you should choose between May-June-September- October. Prices are down to half compared to July-August, which are the busiest months of the year regarding the number of visitors.
5) Plan your days according to your budget
While on holiday, find some time in the day to cook a meal for yourself instead of ordering takeaway or going out to a restaurant, that always saves you money.
Focus on museums and attractions, sites and parks that don’t cost much or even anything at all.
Try to avoid touristic spots as shops around the area usually are overpriced.
Try to take a bag or backpack with you daily. Take a refillable water bottle, snacks, umbrella, sun glasses, phone/camera chargers, headphones, scarf or anything you might need with you on the day. You would be amazed if you knew how much money we spend on things like the above during holidays.
6) Pack your luggage wisely!
Don’t over or under pack. Make sure you take everything you need with for your trip as you wouldn’t want to find yourself buying unnecessary times you already own just because you didn’t pack your suitcase carefully! Do not, I repeat, do not overpack! Who do you think will be carrying all this stuff around ?!
7) Choose to invite a friend who has a similar budget to yours.
You can share some expenses and also by traveling with someone who has a similar budget to yours helps avoiding arguments like where to go, what to do, which hotel to book etc.
Once all that is sorted, you are ready to find the perfect destination for you!
Below you can see a few places i would suggest for you.
Greece is a country in southeastern Europe, with a population of approximately 11 million as of 2015. Athens is the nation’s capital and largest city, followed by Thessaloniki. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, the Cretan Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It is a country with natural resources, historic heritage, traditional celebrations and local gastronomy. You can visit mainland, islands or both. Accommodation and food prices are great here so try to book your plane tickets avoiding June-August due to high season. Once you have decided where to go in Greece, you got yourself the best low budget holidays ever!!!
Morocco, is an exotic and romantic country found in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Typically Morocco is characterized by rugged mountains and large portions of dry dessert. Here you can find old cities, mosques, bazaars, palm tree gardens and sand dunes. It is only one of three countries (including France and Spain) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. A great experience is to spend the night in a desert tent, under the perfectly clear starred sky. In the morning, hop on your camel for a trip throughout the golden Sahara sand dunes at Erg Chebbi, near Merzouga. If that is not your cup of tea no need to worry. There are plenty of things to do and see once you are in Morocco.
Belize is an independent country on the eastern coast of Central America. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, on the south and west by Guatemala, and on the east by the Caribbean Sea. Its mainland is about 290 km (180 mi) long and 110 km (68 mi) wide. The rainy season in Belize normally runs from June to November, though it can occasionally continue into December. So be careful when you book your tickets! Meals are crazy cheap, but delicious. Two can eat at an upscale restaurant for less than £30, and much less at an everyday venue. Belize has a big variety of things to do, you can be snorkeling on the barrier reef one day and hiking in the jungle the next. Belize is endearingly rough around the edges, but thoroughly traveler-friendly.
Vietnam is officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976, with Ho Chi Minh City as a historical city as well. Affordable upscale accommodations, cheap and remarkably healthy food and beautiful sights make Vietnam a standout among budget-friendly South Asian destinations. There are clean, safe accommodations to fit everyone’s wallet. And be sure to take the time to sip a bowl of steaming “pho” noodle soup in restaurants, push carts and food stalls, where a street meal and a beer can cost the same as a caramel macchiato at Starbucks. WoW!
Portugal officially the Portuguese Republic is a sovereign state located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe and bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Portugal is a pocket of affordable travel in contrast to the rest of Western Europe, especially if you get off the highways and take the back roads (where you can also avoid tolls). A bottle of delicious port and a plate of the day with a glass of wine can be found for around €5 each. Nowhere else in the world can its “California Highway” meets “Tuscany” landscapes be enjoyed on such a budget.