The dictionary defines ‘travel’ as making a journey, typically of some length. Traveling excites all, but what about planning it? The sheer activity of planning a travel might drive you crazy and the most obvious question of all arises, “How much will it cost?” So, let’s begin with, how much are you willing to spend?
Choose the countries and cities you want to cover in your trip, decide for how long you want to stay at each place. Then use the step-by-step guide below to pre-plan your pocket friendly travel.
1. The foremost step is to calculate the pre-travel costs which includes purchasing travel guides (most helpful tool), expenditure for visa and in the case of international travel, the exchange rate (currency conversion rate).
2. Make a list of the cities you want to visit. You can print out a map, stick it on a wall in your room to mark out the cities and continue planning on it; maybe make use of different colours and make planning fun.
3. Look up travel guides and your overly friendly neighbor, the internet, for the cheapest means of transport to get you to your destination, by air, rail, ship or bus. Depending on your destination, you can look for the budget travel companies available under each type.
4. B & B or dormitories are the best way to go for budget travelers. Each city in every country provides services catering to backpackers. References are always available in travel guides and on the internet. Find accommodation and pre-book your stay to avoid over expenditure. Another helpful tip would be to have a base, at a relative (maybe) or a friends’ (definitely) place, and travel from there to the various cities you plan on visiting.
5. Jot down the ‘must-see places’ and other places which you would want to visit while keeping options open for impromptu activities.
6. Do take into account cost of adventure sports and other entertaining activities which might be best experienced in that city.
7. Make use of the public transport and your feet (a reason to tone those legs out) to get you to places within a city. It is the most reasonable way to go about.
8. Keep aside a good sum to try out the local cuisine - especially street food. The character of a new city is experienced through its street food.
9. Finally, you may want to purchase souvenirs for yourself and gifts (not really) for near and dear ones, so keep a bit aside for that too.
Avoid unnecessary spending for drinking, shopping (unless it is an unusual item of purchase) and social networking (get a life), which can be done back at home.
Travel during off-season and cut down on costs or be smart and book your tickets and rooms well in advance and score terrific deals during season.
Meet new people and make friends. Who knows, the next time you go there, you can live with them and cut down on your cost of staying in that city (future-plan).
Always travel with an open mind. Sometimes things may not go your way, but it is alright. Never ever try to eat more than you can chew. Remember, the world is a small place and you can always visit again.