Traveling around Europe is the dream gap year for many of us, but the dream can often remain that way when it comes to having enough money to travel and experience Europe to it’s fullest. Having spent some time scrimping, saving and backpacking around Europe there is one tip I offer everyone who wants to get out there on a budget…head East.
Eastern Europe has somehow remained a hidden secret, yet having spent time traveling around Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, I can honestly say this is a great region to travel due to low costs and being rich in history and character.
I have put together a few tips I have picked up from traveling around the region.
Move locally. Travel Cheap.
Like most of the rest of the world Eastern Europe sees it’s share of budget airlines flying in and out. Surprisingly there are actually more budget flights coming in and out of Eastern Europe than in the West, try WizzAir as a cheap alternative.
South Africa is a wonderful country and it boasts a magnificent selection of diversity and wildlife. If you plan to experience the whole world in one country, South Africa should be at the top of your destination list. In South Africa, you will not only see and experience new cultures and 11 different languages, but you will also be able to see the rich history the country has and how it was resurrected out of Apartheid by the late Nelson Mandela.
Since traveling is quite expensive, it can sometimes be daunting to go anywhere in the world. Prices are generally inflated for tourists and this means that you will not really be saving when you are going to countries with a weaker currency. In this article, I have decided to look at South Africa as a country and share a few tips with you on how you could travel and enjoy your stay in the Rainbow Nation country without having to break the bank.
Before we start, you will have to know that South Africa is a country that is riddled with poverty as well. The country might have an extremely beautiful infrastructure and also a very diverse and exotic natural presence, but the poverty is still present as well.
To enjoy your stay, you will need to look past this and take the country for what it is. Here are my tips for enjoying your stay in South Africa on a budget:
Plan your trip ahead of time and use the international airports to your advantage
South Africa is a hub for international flights and this can be seen as a great way of entering the country in a cost-effective manner. Since there are generally multiple flights going to South Africa, you will not need to spend the extra money on those chain flights just to get into the country. There are also multiple international airports and they will give you an easy way to get from province to province.
When we’re feeling a little bit down, going on a trip is one of the first ideas that comes to mind. Not because we can escape from our problems by traveling, but because it makes us see everything from a fresh point of view.
What about the money? What if you don’t have a huge budget that allows you to pack and book a ticket to the Maldives today?
Have you heard of the FundMyTravel initiative? It’s all about supporting meaningful trips. Check out this campaign of a member raising money to study sustainability in Ecuador. It’s close to achieving its milestone and donors keep supporting the cause. Everyone wants to see Logan go to Ecuador. $20 is not much for a donor who wants to support a cause. $20 by $20, and you’ll have enough for your trip.
It’s really simple to become part of such an experience:
- You’ll start your fundraising campaign by telling your story. Get people passionate about your trip! The way you share your story is really important. If you’re struggling with this part, you can hire an editing service to help you with the content.
- Share your campaign via social media. Write emails to people you know.
- Once you make this happen, don’t forget to share updates. The donors who helped you will want to know how things are going.
Since you’re on a budget, you’ll have to pick a budget-friendly destination for your trip. This means you’ll have to forget about the Maldives, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have the vacation of your dreams. These are 15 amazing destinations that won’t break the bank:
I was in the middle of reading “The World’s Most Dangerous Place” in preparation for a humanitarian project in Somalia. But my plans collapsed as violence escalated in the region. It was no longer safe for me to go there, and I had to figure out a Plan B.
When those plans fell through, I fell back on my existing job. A few weeks later, the CEO decided to not renew my contract. My financial situation became unstable.
I decided to launch a travel start up months prior, but it wasn’t making enough money for me to cover all my expenses. For the next four months I went without a paycheck. With less than $3,000 to my name, I went on a 3 week trip in Europe. It was something that I had planned 6 months beforehand. And my friends had already committed to it. I couldn’t back out. But my finances wanted me too.
Here is how I was able recover my financial stability and make that trip:
I eliminated “unreasonable” expenses.
Coffee, beer, eating out, public transportation, and shopping, were all wants. I started to focus on the needs. I eliminated the “want” expenses and started saving $600 per month. Do this if you want to enjoy future trips. Only focus on your real needs.