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How to travel for less – What does it mean for us

How to Travel well for less.

We have this as our tag line  but we haven’t really given our perspective on what it really means to travel well for less.

For starters, travelling well doesn’t just mean jetting off to a luxurious location, to a five star hotel with a butler service. Let’s face it you can book an incredible holiday with a travel operator and pay the premium, but it doesn’t guarantee you an incredible holiday.

Travelling for a lot of people is the only chance they get to be free of routine. It’s a perfect opportunity for you to take a look at yourself and think about your self-development, whether it’s with your family, financial, spiritual – this time is golden. Whether you’re going on a beach holiday or an adventurous one, self-reflection is very important.

And travelling for less doesn’t just mean finding the cheapest possible prices to go to the destinations you want.  If you sacrifice too much from a convenience perspective, a destination or hotel standard, yes you’re travelling for less but then again you’re getting a hell of a lot less as well.

Let’s look at Travelling well….

We think in order to Travel well you should consider the following things

  • Your stress levels before you go on holiday – if you’re worried about things before your break, the chances are you’ll still be thinking about them when you’re on holiday. Deal with them before. Make sure you can switch off. Tie as many loose ends as you can, but then accept that you’re not perfect and neither is anyone else.
  • Make sure you’re organised.  From packing, to transfers, travel guides and excursions.  Have an idea of what you want to do and budget.
  • Money matters. Be smart about your cash flow – Your travelling money – Don’t assume you need to have the cash available now, there are some great travel credit cards out there with 0% interest. Alternatively consider prepaid cards too if you have the cash available.
  • Think about why you are even going on holiday. Are you looking to get away for bit – if so why? Conversely if you’re looking for an adventure – why? It’s good to know why because then you know what you want from the holiday.
  • Self-reflection – It’s important to take some time out to read on holiday, feed your head! As we said take some time to think about your future goals, your health, mental state and wellbeing. It might sound cheesy but if you don’t who will?
  • What can you gain from the trip- If the place is known for it’s food- try it, if its known for its culture, experience it. Try and talk to locals, why? People live their lives in weird and wonderful ways and getting an insight into theirs can give you a unique perspective on yours.

Travelling for less……

  •  Cheap is not always cheerful. If you’re going for a great holiday, you find a deal that’s just too good to be true, really do your research to make sure it is. Look on Trip Advisor, google search it. The number of times we’ve seen what looked like great hotels, but then later found out they had bed bugs or a cockroach problem is not worth counting ,its that many! We’re not going to tell you guys not to go for an unbelievable deal but don’t jump on it too quickly. Get your magnifying glass out.
  • Be clear on what you’re willing to compromise on, but don’t move on your red lines. What do we mean by your red lines? We’re talking about things that you’re not willing to budge on. We’re telling you not too, so that you’re not going to fall into the trap of going on a holiday that you didn’t want in the first place. We’ve all been in that position where we’ve  been so desperate to go on holiday that we book anything, only to find that when we get there it’s not what we expected at all and that we hadn’t gone at all. It just isn’t worth it.

Overall the goal should be to come back refreshed, not needing another holiday after you’ve just been on one. Travelling is one of the most rewarding activities we can do and are privileged to do. None of us should take the opportunity lightly. Our time is limited, and our money is hard earned, neither should be wasted.

We hope you enjoyed our article, and if you did please let us know in the comments below. We’ve linked some travel gear that we think is great below as well as a couple of articles that we thought could be of interest.

Gear to help you get organised

Travel Cards

How to get more bang for your buck

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8 Comments

  • Georg L. Schele

    Thanks for your interesting article on travelling for less, the list is very helpful for non-experienced travelers. I have read somewhere that a good preparation for any trip you make is the best thing anybody can do and you emphasize that. Your number 1 tip about handling stress is so relevant, as you do not want to be bothered by these issues during your trip. From my 35 years experience I also know that it helps a lot when you do know your preferences and also what you would not like and go by them. In this respect, booking just any holiday could turn out to be a horror as you indicated.

  • Tom

    Hey,

    Excellent post, thanks for sharing.

    I am going to Hamburg in April for a stag party with friends and we should have came to your site before we booked.

    I’ve forwarded your post onto the best man and I’m going to recommend that he bookmarks your site for future reference, as I have done.

    Thanks again for sharing,

    Tom

    • The Binge Traveller

      Hey Tom, Awesome – I’m going on a couple of Stags this year too – even so not sure how you feel, but certainly those abroad are great to catch up with friends. Quality time, which helps you reset too. I tend to always choose a location with lots of outdoor activity e.g White Water Rafting. My stag was in Valencia.

  • Todd P Matthews

    Good tips. The tip that jumped out at me the most was the one telling us what we will gain from traveling. I’ll be honest; I won’t travel unless I have a reason to go there, even if it’s a vacation. For me, I’d love to visit Scandinavia, which are my favorite countries in the world as well as Switzerland. They rank high on the economic freedom indexes, which I love, but I also love these nations’ scenery, culture, and music, especially the Finnish band Nightwish.

    • The Binge Traveller

      Hey Todd, Awesome – Sounds like you’ve already got the right attitude. I love Scandinavia too, although I’ve only been to Sweden – completely agree with you on the the economic freedom indexes point and you can feel the positive vibes people have when you visit countries in the region. For instance in Sweden, you don’t see many shuttered shops, why? because it’s safe and they don’t need them. It’s great to see countries operating for the people and it’s an example of an attitude you can bring back home.

  • Ali

    What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for about travelling less and when I landed to your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for how to travel less.
    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to read your new posts.)

    Thanks!

    • The Binge Traveller

      Thanks Ali, appreciate your comments – Yes some people travel for the sake of travelling, and we really think it’s much more than that. Yes go for the best deals, we’ll help you find them, but also go with the right mindset to make the most of your trips.

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