Himachal Travel Destinations, Travel Ideas And Tips
Part of traveling the way the locals do is recognizing that an expensive trip isn’t necessary for a “rich” travel experience. In fact, budget-friendly traveling often lends itself to a more authentic experience.
Traveling is adventurous, fun, and exciting. It can also be very expensive. If you’re anything like me and your desire to experience new places flares up way too often to ignore, you find a way to make it work. Unless you can afford fancy lodges, expensive rental cars, and eating out for every meal, being away from home can make a person go broke very quickly. If you’d like to be able to visit more outdoor destinations without emptying the piggy bank here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years:
1. Decide Your Budget Ahead Of Time: Make it a hard number (“I will not spend more than Rs. XXX”). During your trip, save the receipts from each day, and in the morning tally up how much you spent the day before. This way you keep track of your budget and know how much you have available for the remainder of your trip.
2. Avoid Retail Outlets: Don’t get sucked into retail environments like strip malls, gift shops, or any other tourist traps. Just remember, the more time you spend hiking and exploring the free and natural world, the less money you’ll ending up spending on stuff that will be sitting on your mantle collecting dust for years to come.
3. Take Public Transportation: What fun is it taking cabs everywhere, anyway? You get a much more authentic experience if you take the local trains, buses, trolleys, etc. Check to see if your destination has multiple-day transportation passes. They can often be a tad cheaper than paying for passes by the day.
4. Eat Cheap Food: Although eating out can be very tempting, especially after a long day of hiking, the cost adds up fast. My solution is to limit myself to one restaurant meal per day, at the most. I pack a large cooler with healthy items like juice, sandwich meat and cheese, fresh fruits, and yogurt. Other good food items to take along are bread, oatmeal, granola bars, crackers, canned soups and canned veggies.
5. Look For Flea Markets: If you want cute items for yourself or need souvenirs for friends and family, ask locals about outdoor flea markets or thrift shops. No sense paying a ton of money for cheaply-made souvenirs or clothes and accessories you can get back home.
Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should be fun. Take some steps to save money, so you don’t have to worry about it when the adventures begin!