How do you travel economically? Can it be done?
18 months ago I began planning for a volunteer summer of service in Europe for myself, my son, and daughter. I read article after article about how people could fly to exotic locations for under $100 or spend three weeks in Iceland for $20… I’m being slightly sarcastic. However, when researching budget travel, the answers I found were often unrealistic for the average traveler. Sure, there was a time I may have boarded a shipping airplane or built my own hang glider to cross the Atlantic but that time is past and now I’m looking for more realistic options. On second thought, I think I would still fly a shipping airline for a reduced cost but the point is- these posts that travel bloggers create are not always realistic for families or travelers above the age of 22?
In my experience, the highest costs for our travel are typically our transportation, accommodations, and food. Next, admission/entrance costs, entertainment, parking, and fees.
-We collect miles for hotel and flights. It’s not enough to subsidize travel once per year.
-We drive when possible and fly discount airlines.
-We try to combine work trips with family travel.
-We eat 2x per day instead of 3.
-We use public transportation.
-I purchase our hometown museum family membership and visit the reciprocal “free” museums when traveling.
These ideas help us once we’ve committed to travel but none of them allow us to foster a mentality that we can travel often because it’s affordable. I am working to create an environment that nurtures that mentality… travel is possible.
What routines, practices, experiments or ideas do you try so you may travel within your budget?