Always dreamed of seeing the world, follow theses useful tips and pack your bag now!
I remember the first time that i went backpacking, I was 22 years old and never went traveling by myself in a foreign country, I was so exited and wanted to see everything but I had a very low budget and i had to make sure that I had enough cash to return home.
1- TRAVEL LIKE A LOCAL
- 1.1 – Eat like the local
Food in South-East Asia is quite cheap and very delicious, if you want fancy food and be comfortable sitting in a restaurant then you will have to pay the price. I personally like to eat street food, if local eat there, it means that you also can.
The average cost of a basic Thai meal in a restaurant is 90 – 150 baht. Seafood invariably costs more. A plate of noodles in a basic restaurant in Sukhumvit is around 100 baht. Thai portions are often smaller, so you may end up eating an extra meal or snacking during the day!
1 Euro = 33.5 Bath1 dollar= 30.5
Nasi Goreng: RM5 Mee Goreng: RM5
Cheese Nan: RM5.20
Roti Canai: RM1.50
1 Euro: RM4.601 Dollar: RM4.28
- 1.2- Use Local transport
I love local transport… Let me say it again, I LOVE LOCAL TRANSPORT ! Back in 2008 I went backpacking in India for 2 months and if you want THE traveling experience train is the way to go in India.
The best way to get a cheap bus/train is to follow where the local go. If you want a bus with air con & Nice seat where you can sleep then you gonna need to pay more cash and you will have less money to do other things that could be way more interesting. Beside that it will allow you to meet amazing people, even tho you do not speak their language bring a deck of card and I am sure you will end up playing ”battle” with them
- 1.3 – Stay at guesthouses
Guesthouses can be very cheap depending on where you are going to travel, some guesthouses has something call ”dormitory” you will be sharing your room with 6, 8, 12 or more people, when you are on a budget that on of the best option for you and it will allowed you to meet other travelers that will give you tips and help you to keep going.
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2- Stay with the local
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Little Anecdote with my Couchsurfing host…
Back in 2010, I went traveling backpacking in the Philippines and I went ”couchsurfing”, my host offered me something call ”Balut” a egg fetus… As I was invited I could not say no but… I will definitely will not take another one… I let you enjoy the video and please do not laugh at me..ahahah
3– LEARN, PRACTICE, APPLY & MASTER BARGAINING
You just arrived in a foreign country at the airport and the taxi driver asked you to pay $30 to bring you to your hotel when you saw online that it only cost $10. It is now time for you to learn how to bargain! Tourists will get ripped of once or twice and it happened to all of us so don’t worry and do not start to stress.
I now live in Malaysia and as i do not YET speak fluently Bhassa Malayu, locals will try to put the price much higher for the Mat-Salleh (Foreigner) I am lucky that my wife is local and that as soon as she speaks with them i got a 50% discount on the original price! (Especially in China town) Do not be afraid to bargain but do not be a cheapskate these people need to eat as well.
4 – OVERNIGHT BUSES & TRAINS
That is a good one and I have been and still using a lot. Let say you want to go to spend 5 days on a Paradise island in Malaysia. if you take the first bus in the morning you will arrive in the afternoon and you will already have wasted almost a day of your holiday. Night Buses/Train allowed to safe time and sometime money (Sometimes cheaper at night / not always)
6 hours on the top of the bus in Nepal…
I hope that these Tips to travel on a shoestring will help you getting started and to grab your backpack to travel the world… There is also many ways to Find a cheap flight to go to the destination of your dream.
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