“You can never have enough money to travel”; at least that is what your mind says, isn’t it? It is human psyche that never lets us feel satisfied with the wealth we have. You can spend all your life working hard and still think that you need more money to travel as you like. Nonetheless, the fact is that there is no right time to go for your first independent trip; you just need to take the first step as quickly as possible. If you have already been to a few places, you will enjoy reading how you can travel more this year in 2018 without expanding your budget.
Make a list of your favorite destinations
Whenever the traveler in you wakes up, make a list of places you want to visit in your life. Now, mark the areas you can afford to visit at present and research about them. Studying about a destination makes it a reality, at least in your mind, and you tend to make further plans about it. Having a written list on your phone or laptop helps you to achieve those dreams as soon as possible.
Travel right after or before the peak season
It is oft-said advice, but it still works. Just before a city begins selling its hot cakes, hotels are cheaper, tourist destinations are less crowded, and no chaos is there at any place. You can go to, Jaipur, for example during November rather than December to experience the city with less number of tourists to the town.
Explore your city
Cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, etc. have no dearth of places that attract millions of tourists every year. If you live in any such city that has offbeat sites, you can explore them before you go too far. The upsides of exploring your own town are that you don’t need much money, time, and planning to do so. Just one day during the weekend is enough to explore one place at a time. If you want to avoid the crowds during holidays in the city, you can take any day off from work and wander around one or two places in the city.
Find out a suitable accommodation
More often than not, the maximum portion of a travel budget comprises of tickets to travel and hotel accommodations. In order to save money, people often look for budget hotels, but they are dingy most of the times. These days, there are plenty alternative accommodation options available in India and abroad, such as homestays and hostels. They are clean, hygienic and provide an authentic experience of a place. Moreover, homestays are often situated in scenic settings, which means you do not have to pay for expensive taxis or spend time in public transport. You can walk to most tourist destinations.
Buy experiences rather than things
Spend more on experiences in 2018 in place of materialistic things. Become wiser in spending this year than you were in the previous years. Buying a few souvenirs does not harm anyone, but refrain from purchasing unnecessary things for yourself and your family. On the other hand, save some money and sponsor a trip for your parents; they will feel delighted and proud of you.
It becomes easy to find excuses to travel if you set your priorities right. When you are passionate about travel, you don’t want to compete with your peers in life, but experiences of various places around the world. Travel makes you minimalistic and wise, which is why it becomes more important than ever this year to awaken the wanderer in you.