So many people these days have a desire to travel the world, particularly since there are such exciting travel programmes on TV. With all the new satellite channels available armchair travel has become quite a hobby. But most of us would really love to actually visit these amazing places.
What prevents the majority of people from becoming real explorers of the world is money.
If you could afford to, where would you choose to go? Maybe the Rockies, Or the fantastic scenery of New Zealand! India, Africa or maybe even China.
This longing to discover the beauty and mystery of foreign landscapes and cultures can be very frustrating if you have to get by on a tight budget.
The worst thing you can do is start travelling using your credit cards as you’ll probably end up with such huge repayments you won’t be able to afford another trip for years.
So how are you going to find a way to live your dreams? How will you pay for these trips?
Surprisingly there are numerous ways of saving money on both airfares and accommodation which with a bit of time and research are available to everyone.
Airfares are the first thing to save money on. Often if you look into hopping from one or more destinations this will save you many pounds (or dollars) and can also make the journey more interesting. After all, gazing at the tops of clouds for hours does become a bit tedious! Why not spend a night in one of the more interesting cities that are on route to your destination?
I was recently told that if I flew from England to Marseille and then changed to another airline to continue my journey to North Africa it would work out much more economical than flying direct. As the South of France is a place I would enjoy spending a day or two I would definitely take advantage of this saving.
No doubt you will be wondering about accommodation. If you are footloose and fancy free it’s fun to just look around for something when you get there, but not everyone is comfortable with the uncertainty of this.
There are plenty of sites on the internet that can pre-book you into whatever kind of accommodation you prefer This can range from hostels at the cheaper end of the market to bed and breakfast or hotels. Don’t be put off by the idea of a hostel. Many of them are beautiful and extremely comfortable.
Eating may be another expense you are worried about. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Of course you will want to try some of the local restaurants, but make them an occasional treat. In the more exotic countries street food is there in abundance and gives you a much better idea of what the locals eat. Be a bit wary of fruit as it needs a good wash before consuming it. You don’t want to end up with a tummy upset, or worse! You could also make up simple picnics for your lunch and be a bit more extravagant in the evening. Don’t forget to avoid tap water and ice made from tap water as it could cause major health problems! Always use bottled water for washing food and also for cleaning your teeth.
On that note I will leave you to start planning your next adventure.