Believe it or not, there are both right and wrong ways to travel. In order to maximize success and opportunities while abroad, planning ahead is a must. With that being said, one of the most important things to learn is the art of frugality. There are moments in travel that should be indulged financially, but there are others where keeping the wallet tucked away is wise. Remember, spending money is not the key to having a successful trip. The intangible moments are to be desired — the ones that unlock new doors for future endeavors.
When flying, it’s suggested to pack light, avoiding the costly checking of bags, adding to the bottom line. Think simple, think smart, and traveling will be much less stressful. When outside a resort in an impoverished country’s lower class area, remember to not walk around with flashy jewelry as this may attract people to try and steal from you. Do not let this deter any activities, but be aware of the surroundings in order to keep out of harms way.
There are a plethora of places that will be encountered throughout traveling, ones that encourage spending: bars, shopping malls, souvenir stands, hotels, casinos, boardwalks — the list is endless. When residing in one place for an extended period of time, scope out the area and figure out where funds can be optimized. Many vacation spots have stands or mini shops that will attempt to sell souvenirs, but description is key. Although these items are unique to the location, remembering that they are trying to make money, weighing all options will prove beneficial. Bartering is an important skill sure to come in handy. Learn to talk with people the right way, and bargain for that better deal on an already overpriced item. Impulse purchasing can land unwanted items, and ultimately will leave one unfulfilled.
In the end, while traveling is expensive, certain areas don’t have to me. Some of the best things in life can be enjoyed for free; the view from the top of a mountain, long lasting friendships and copious amounts of memories are to be treasured, as well as a greater understanding and appreciation for our world. The best, most savvy way to do this is simple — plan ahead. Go online before any vacation and research; look at the free or frugal activities. Read hotel and attraction reviews. However, perhaps the most important of all, understand that money is just a piece of paper, not a measure of pleasure.