It's a given that in order to travel you need to have money or make a lot of money, right?
That's not really true.
There are ways to live well but cheaply. It takes a bit of discipline, forethought, and judgement, but the reward of living is amazing. This article explains how Audrey Roy and I do it.
A number of famous destination cities are expensive no matter what you do. San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, and Tokyo might be wonderful, but they are also places where you have to pay more. More for everything. Rent, food, and accessory costs are likely to be at least double what you expect.
Similarly, certain entire countries are expensive. Switzerland, Slovenia, Australia, and New Zealand are lovely, but everything just costs more there.
Also, if the transit system is good, consider staying a little further from the expensive downtown or waterfront. This can make even expensive cities affordable.
Affordable places we've discovered this year:
One of our resource is The World's Cheapest Destinations, which, if nothing else, is an interesting read.
Use a service like airbnb or the local equivalent to find a place. Some people like to just stay at hostels, we prefer apartments. Stay for a month so you get a lower rate.
Try to research the nearby grocery shopping. While little stores are wonderful, they cost more than a large supermarket. The supermarket will allow you to stay cheaply in an area. However, make sure to check out the little markets at least once a week because the food there is often much, much better.
Our two constant requirements:
We're fortunate in that our work lets us work remotely. Keep in mind the two cardinal rules:
Our rule is we eat out once a week. Otherwise, it's all home cooking. Even when we do tourist things on our day off, we bring food from home.
Also, the ingredients are always different. Fruits, vegetables, and meats are grown in different soils and climates and taste different. This means don't try and replicate what you eat at home, cook simple things they make where you are.
Finding good, affordable restaurants is easy. Here are our steps:
Once you stay, keep in mind local portion sizes. For example, in slavic countries like Poland and Croatia, the portions can be quite large. What we sometimes do is share a main course and use the savings to buy drinks or dessert.
If you like beer, try to order local varieties of beer. They often sell for less and can be really tasty.
If you like wine, the rule goes like this:
I'll be updating this article in the days and months and hopefully years to come.
Published: 2013-08-05 14:00
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