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Don’t Let the Lack of Money Rob You of the Dream to Travel

Updated on August 1, 2016

For many people traveling is freedom. For others, it is also the dream of their lives. Those of us, who can afford to travel are considered to be happy people. Others sit at home and envy those who go globe trotting. However, if you are enthusiastic and creative enough, there is no need for you to sit back and wait for luck to give you an opportunity to travel. Yet, with a bit of planning and some scaling down of expectations, you can go ahead and realize your dream of travelling even without much money in your pocket. So, let us go see how you can embark on the voyage of your dream, or at the least get to travel somewhere and enjoy it, without having to spend tons of money.

Of course, if the kind of travelling you want is characterized by the luxurious and the comfortable, it would be expensive and likely not feasible. But if you have spirit of true pioneers and explorers in you, to savor the feeling of discovery, and believe that the biggest travel reward are the impressions and memories you get from it, then affordable traveling is not so far out of your reach. This is the kind of travelling I want to inspire you to undertake.

There are many practical things you can do to make your travelling more affordable. Do not start it by going to some nearby travel shop to book your flight and hotel. Go the other way around it. Select the place you want to visit and find the cheapest way to travel there. If you plan to get there by air, find the best season to get the cheapest tickets. If there are other ways of getting there, find out if they can be more affordable than flying over.

When you have your tickets on hand, go searching for affordable accommodations. There are plenty available. You may look for cheap student hotels or hostels. There are many of them in Europe, for instance. Or, you may consider renting a room from some local family. There are many online opportunities to find affordable accommodations.

You may consider the travel exchange program, where people go to other countries and stay in someone’s home, while letting other people live in their homes during their absence. You do not have to book the accommodations. You may just find an inexpensive place to stay, once you get to your destination.

Once you get to your dream destination, try to find as many free attractions and entertainment, as possible. Reserve some money to get at least one good lunch (in some places, they charge more for dinners), tasting local delicacies and the national cuisine. But save the rest of your money by eating in more affordable places or buying your meals from the supermarkets. In some countries street food is pretty safe and there are many markets, where they sell the best national cooked foods.

You can greatly enjoy traveling on a tight budget. All you need is to focus on the impressions you get and the emotions and memories you take home to last for your entire life. Think of the comfort of your home awaiting for your return, the stories to tell your friends and you can enjoy your travel and its challenges to the fullest.

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for your comment Meg Fischer and good suggestion, I'll look into that. Sorry for the late reply by the way, I got so absorbed trying to get approved for Adsense the past few weeks.

      Buddkhist, that's a great idea! There's nothing like travelling to help broaden horizons, and it doesn't even have to be to another country. Even in one's own country there's much to see, learn and experience. Good luck and I hope you get to do it soon. An added bonus to travelling, it helps give you inspiration to write.

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      7 years ago from State of Somewhere

      Great hub. I've always liked traveling. Seeing new sights and meeting new, interesting people. I've been wanting to take it up again for quite some time now. I had originally planned to travel with friends but now I think I'll have to do it alone because none of my friends want to leave their home town. I may just get in my car and drive to wherever the wind may take me. :-)

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      Meg Fischer 

      7 years ago

      helpful and you could still add more factors in consideration to those with young children. goodluck!

    • moiragallaga profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      excellent suggestion amurbach, certain restaurants serve meals to kids for free. you have just given me an idea for another article like how to minimize expenses by looking for accommodations, activities and sights where kids aren't charged or get highly discounted rates. having a 10 yr old, this has always been a factor in our travel plans.

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      7 years ago from Arizona

      Great hub! It's true, travel is within your reach if you plan ahead and don't get trapped in advertised packages because they are meant to distract you from looking for real value. I would also add that if you have children look into eating at restaurants where kids eat free.


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