I’ve had a couple friends ask me recently how I afford to travel long term.
Guys, travel doesn’t have to be expensive.
Today in Turkey I spent $12 on a private hotel room (which was a splurge, considering hostel dorms here are $6, but breakfast was included and I wanted fast enough WiFi to finally watch Game of Thrones), $5 on a cappuccino and a salad for lunch, $2 for two historical site entrance fees, $9 for dinner and a glass of wine overlooking the ocean, and $3 on public transit. All told, that’s only $30 for the day, a sum that’s less than what I’d spend in a single day in Anchorage.
It’s the choices you make while traveling — the countries or cities you go to, where you eat and stay, how you get around, and how you choose to spend your day that makes travel affordable or spendy. Yeah, I went to some expensive countries this year (looking at you, New Zealand and Japan), but those were balanced out with wildly inexpensive countries (like India, Nepal, and Laos). I realize that staying in hostels and taking public buses isn’t for everyone. But what I’m saying is, if travel is something you want to do, there are ways to do it economically.
That being said, if anyone ever wants help planning a trip that’s culturally vibrant, gastronomically magical and affordable, let me know. Planning hypothetical trips is legitimately one of my favorite hobbies. - 30 minutes ago