If you’re an average teen like me, sadly, you’re parents aren’t millionaires and you’re not lucky enough to win the lottery. When it comes to travelling, there’s an obvious elephant in the room, which is the cost. A lovely 4 week venture around Europe sounds a bit too good to be true until you tot up the figures and realize that well… it actually might be. See, even with luxury hotel rooms out of the picture, there’s still the basic necessities that add up. Travel insurance, food and transport for instance can work out to be more costly than they appear to be. So, how do we solve this inconvenience you ask? Well fellow wanderers, here’s my take on the issue: upon reading various articles and advice columns from other travelers and adding in some advice of my own, I’ve come up with a few solutions…
- Avoiding costly transport– particularly taxis. Yes, they’re faster, and can seem like the easy option, but public transport is cheaper by a margin. Both get you from A to B and you might just find that it’s a great way to meet new people and socialize with the locals. And what better way than to live like a local? You’ll feel right at home. Walking is another solution (as obvious as it may seem). In many European countries par exemple, temperatures certainly aren’t as chilly as England, so regarding the weather isn’t too warm, attempt to walk to your destination. It’s a good way the memorize your place of stay as well as allowing you to take that scenic route you wouldn’t reach on a bus.
- Flexibility– From what I’ve learned, it’s always good to be flexible whilst traveling, particularly when choosing a time or place. School holidays, for example, will obviously be a bit more pricey, whilst popular tourist hot-spots will also definitely be making the most of the many holiday-goers which visit every year. So, ideally, prioritize one of the two. You could also look at travelling during ‘shoulder periods’ which basically translates to off-peak times. Back to school times tend to be ideal for deals as destinations tend to become much quieter.
- Make the most of your own belongings– Taking a Kindle can be massively handy for example (and that isn’t a cheeky bit of promo I’ve slipped in). This means that books become a lot more accessible and a lot cheaper. Plus, it’s if you’re a book lover, you’ll save yourself a lot of room in your bag! Language and translation guides are a handy thing to buy on a Kindle beforehand.
- Proofreading and language assistance– Another interesting thing I found is that you can often ask to proofread a restaurant’s English menu for a price- particularly if you spot any mistakes. Restaurants will be glad of your service and sometimes might even offer you a free meal in exchange. This was the piece of advice which appealed the most to me, as I thought it was a great way to again get friendly with the locals while doing a good deed at the same time!
Hope you’ve found my tips useful. 🙂 I know this was a short one but I’ve been extra extra busy of late (working in retail at Christmas is no fun). I think I’m going to dedicate a little section on each blog post to the song I listened to whilst writing. I’m a big music lover and I find it does wonders in terms of inspiration, so why not? Today’s song hath been…
Hope to update soon (more than likely after the mad Christmas rush),